"Flower" goblet

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Project by Alin Dobra posted 11-25-2007 06:00 PM 1980 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One type of turning that I enjoy making but somehow I do not do a lot is goblets. I found some oak branches across the street from my neighbourhood (about 4” in diameter) and I set out to make goblets. Since oak is tough and can take a lot of punishment while turning, I decided to push the limit a little. The goblet you see in the picture is about 4” in diameter, 8” long. The thickness of the wall for the top is about 1/16” and for the bottom 1/8”. The smallest diameter of the stem is about 3/16”.

The place where oak never disappoints is in the bending you get when it dries (if it is thin enough). I really like how this goblet twisted and formed the natural shape for the top. When you look at the pictures you might have the weird feeling that the goblet is slanted to one side. It turns out that this is not only true, but happens with all goblets since the stem has to be a little off center from the pith (otherwise you get a crack along the stem which is not good). When the wood dries, you get a bulge around the pith (and a little cracking). If the stem is close to the bulge, it gets slanted a little.

Hope you like it,

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#1 posted 11-25-2007 06:57 PM

You wood turners never stop amazing me….. what beautiful art you guys produce.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#2 posted 11-25-2007 07:39 PM

beautiful mysterious piece. belongs under a glass dome !

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#3 posted 11-25-2007 07:55 PM

Very nice piece Alin, looks difficult to make. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 11-25-2007 08:45 PM


Funny you should say that. I was in a galley that sells some of my work in St. Augustin last night and I had the goblet with me. Most people did not dare touch it. Some people were giving me directions how to turn it around so that they can see the inside.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#5 posted 11-25-2007 08:49 PM


Making these bowls is difficult in the same sense learning how to drive is difficult. It is a motric difficulty not a knowledge difficulty. You basically need good hand-eye coordination (all that video game playing is finally paying off), good technique and lots of practice. You should expect to break most pieces in the first 6 months. Like driving, once you get it, your hands “magically” do the right thing. Most of the failures I get now are because of impatience not skill (when I rush things or skip important steps).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#6 posted 11-25-2007 10:16 PM

A great work of art.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 11-26-2007 05:09 AM

Just wonderful. I wanna do that someday! Love the design.

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#8 posted 11-26-2007 12:12 PM

Beautiful goblet Alin – your work is impressive.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 11-26-2007 12:31 PM

definitely an intriguing piece…mesmerizing

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 11-26-2007 12:34 PM

You’re blowing me away with your turnings. Very impressive!

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#11 posted 11-27-2007 09:23 PM

Fabulous. I was going to ask how you accomplished the drastic wave, but since you used wet wood, and branch wood, that explains it!

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#12 posted 11-27-2007 09:28 PM

Great Goblet. So did it sell. Nice job. Impressive.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 11-27-2007 09:40 PM

You guys are too kind.

Jon3, you can see another example of how oak bends itself in my other turning:

Karson, nobody felt like buying when I was there (this applies to the whole store not only my work). Let’s hope the Christmas gift hunters will start buying soon.


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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