Continental Drift

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I do a little woodturning, too.

This is a big leaf maple burl hollow form, turned to an even 1/16” wall thickness through a natural void. The interior was gold leafed and the exterior lacquered. This piece was purchased by a Chinese collector for a Hong Kong art museum. Thanks for looking.

-- Just another woodworker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 2451 days ago

A beautiful work of art, & nature.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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Alin Dobra

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#2 posted 2451 days ago


First, welcome to LJ. I saw your other work on and it is very nice (including this piece). Just out of curiosity, how long does it take you to turn a piece like that (excluding finishing).


-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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#3 posted 2451 days ago

Thank you both. Alin, a piece like this takes me quite some time because it requires extreme concentration. I do it in phases, when I get too nervous to hold the tool steady I take a break. This piece was actually easier to turn than a typical hollow form because I could see what was going on inside due to the voids. That also allowed me to take it to 1/16” whereas I might normally stop at twice that or more. I can shape the exterior pretty quickly, a matter of minutes I’d think, but the interior might take me several hours of work. This was a small piece, maybe 5” in diameter. At the moment I am without a lathe and doing more carving/furniture work but that is about to change. Thanks again for the nice words. This is a great site and it looks to be populated with great people, too. I hope to be able to contribute as much as the rest of you.

-- Just another woodworker

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#4 posted 2451 days ago

it’s beautiful and the title is perfect.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Mark Mazzo

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#5 posted 2451 days ago

Beautiful work here as well as in your other recent postings. Your turning and carving work is very inspiring.

I think we’ve crossed (virtual) paths back in the days of Badger Pond and more recently on WoodCentral. Good to see you’ve found Lumberjocks. It’s a great site.

Last I recall you were turning on the big Powermatic. I hope that you are only without a lathe temporarily…I would like to see more of your work.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#6 posted 2450 days ago

Beautiful work I know you’ve heard before but other words escape me at the moment. You really are quite an artist. Would you mind sharing with us what you were paid for this piece? mike

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

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#7 posted 2450 days ago

Thank you all. Mike, I really don’t want to share what my work has brought in public as my collectors may not appreciate it, but I can safely tell you it was in the thousands.

Mark, yes, way back at the Pond and also at Woodcentral. WC has been very good to me over the years.

-- Just another woodworker

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#8 posted 2450 days ago

I thank you and appreciate your candor. I would think it would be worth as much you really are geniuos.

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

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#9 posted 2450 days ago

That is a wonderful work of ard. You deserved every cent you were paid for it.

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#10 posted 2450 days ago

I ditto all of the above remarks. The name is really clever. Perfect.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Bob Babcock

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#11 posted 2450 days ago


-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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dennis mitchell

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#12 posted 2450 days ago

1/16 inch! Amazing!

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#13 posted 2447 days ago

That… is… GORGEOUS! Those are my favorite types of turnings. I love that.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#14 posted 2447 days ago

Mine too. I really hope to be producing turnings like that some day.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Jiri Parkman

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#15 posted 2417 days ago

Beautiful job.

-- Jiri

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