Candy Dish Prototype

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Project by JamesVavra posted 10-27-2010 03:11 AM 1711 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife asked me to turn candy dishes for our Grandmothers for Christmas. Here’s the first prototype. The base is English walnut while the lid is black walnut. The finial is made from zebra wood. The base is about 7” in diameter and 4” high.

I’m fairly happy with the shape and the fit of the lid, and i still want to contrasting woods, but I don’t like this particular combination.


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#1 posted 10-27-2010 03:44 AM

To each his own, but I like the combination of the walnuts, the only thing that might seem a little out of place for me is the finial. Great job.

-- F.Little

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#2 posted 10-27-2010 03:54 AM

Hi James, the beauty of prototypes is they are a “work in progress” looks a very nice starting point to me,

Boy you know how to tackle a challenge with having to get the OK from your wife then keep Grandma happy

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 10-27-2010 11:19 AM

I don’t have a lathe (yet) but am becoming increasingly interested in turning and the unique shapes that are possible. This piece caught my eye and is a real gem. I like the way the lid adapts to the bowl and the finial is a great detail IMHO. Wonderful work James and thanks for posting it.

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

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#4 posted 10-27-2010 12:38 PM

I think the combinations of wood is an issue as you suggest. I also think the finial is a bit much for this piece. Too thick and maybe too long. A simple knob might compliment the piece better. Just my opinion of course. Everyone’s eye see things different.

Like grandpa used to say ” if everyone liked the same things; then everyone would be after grandma”.

Keep the chips flying, and have fun….......

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#5 posted 10-27-2010 01:51 PM

They (the wood combo), look very good in these pics in my opinion. Very nice turning. Awesome

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#6 posted 10-27-2010 01:58 PM

I like the turning, the contrasting top and bottom. I like the inset top. Like a few of those before me, I would change the finial. I would have something that looked inviting to touch, with a rounded top and darker than the lid.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 10-27-2010 02:00 PM

Hey, that’s beautiful work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 10-27-2010 03:44 PM

I think a knob would be better, but I bet the grandma’s will love the finial. :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 10-27-2010 09:00 PM

Nice overall effect, but perhaps a monochrome finial, say blackwood or holly?

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#10 posted 10-27-2010 09:28 PM

I like the wood combination and I like your design. Well done.

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