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Project by David Craig posted 1381 days ago 1232 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another piece with wood contributed by Mike Wurm (jockmike2). Mike got a hold of some lovely Spalted Maple and gave me a piece to work on.

When working with the piece, my vision was something ancient. I initially was working on a piece with more form and leading up to more of a budding vase. Unfortunately (or fortunately) the end started to crack and my chisel hit it and broke off a piece. Attempts to repair only resulted in more breakage and so I parted off the broken portion and worked with a more primitive urn shape.

A few things I like about the piece. I like the overall shape. It is clunkier than I normally strive for but I believe the shape conveys what I was trying to create. The lip of the piece is fairly thin in contrast to the girth of the rest of the piece so it adds a delicate touch. The finish, a clear Shellac sealer, is more evenly applied and I used a larger variety of sanding grits (500-1200) between coats. I am much happier with the application than on some other pieces I have done in the past.

Bottom line on the works is that I am creating pieces that would catch my eye if I were scouting for items to display in my own living space. I will move up in complexity in the future but am pleased with the progress so far.

Thanks for viewing,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.





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Jim Bertelson

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#1 posted 1381 days ago

I like the form of that piece, it definitely has a classical flavor and appeal. Very interesting wood, don’t think I have seen spalted maple before.

Jim

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 1381 days ago

That wood is beautiful and I think you did a great job on that piece.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Kristoffer

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#3 posted 1381 days ago

That is a nice looking vessel, David. What are the dimensions?

Vicky and I worked a craft show in St. Clair Shores this past weekend and I met a pretty cool turner out there. He’s trying to talk me into buying his old lathe. We’ll see.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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Bob Collins

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#4 posted 1381 days ago

Nice turning David, that spalting certainly makes the wood appealing.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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jockmike2

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#5 posted 1381 days ago

IT IS A NICE LOOKING URN. TO ME IT HAS A PRE-COLOMBIAN LOOK. A VASE FROM THE AZTECS, THAT MAY HAVE HELD THE BLOOD OR HEART OF AN ANCIENT SACRIFICE, OR A GOOD WEED POT. MIKE LOL I DID GET TO FEEL THIS AND IT FELT AS SMOOTH AS A BABIES BEHIND. GREAT JOB BTHW.

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

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David Craig

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#6 posted 1381 days ago

Thanks for the comments all. This was my first exposure to spalted maple and Mike can tell you that it sat on the chuck for quite a little while. Spalting does sound much better than “Wood saturated with fungus.” Would love to find some boards to make a table out of the stuff.

Hope all is well in everyone’s world,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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