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Buckeye Vase with Lapis Inlay

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Project by swirlsandburls posted 11-23-2010 01:12 AM 1800 views 6 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all, and Happy Thanksgiving! Got home a little early (I love being self-employed!) and decided to finish off this little vase. It is a buckeye burl with a Lapis inlay. This is my first experience with lapis. Boy is this stuff hard! While it added to the challenge, the stone’s color is really terrific. The yellow dye was my wife Sarah’s idea. She is the true artist in the house (watercolor and pastel) so she is much more the color guru than I am. It is about 7” tall by about 3 1/2” at the widest diameter. The finial was a challenge, since it wanted to splinter and crumble at the tip. The blank was pretty rough and a very unfriendly shape, so I had to bandsaw a bunch of it away.

-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general





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glynn

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#1 posted 11-23-2010 02:24 AM

I recon that looks great good job ,had me at a glance

-- jim nevada

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 11-23-2010 02:27 AM

Buckeye burl can be a real challenge to turn. Looks like you nailed it, though. Nice job.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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#3 posted 11-23-2010 03:13 AM

Super cool, makes me want to walk off my job right now.. and go home and turn stuff!
Thanks for sharing

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#4 posted 11-23-2010 04:19 AM

I have never seen a vase that is as beautiful as this, the stone inlay just sets it off. You my friend have done something worth passing down from one generation to another!

Thanks for Sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 11-23-2010 04:43 AM

You did a beautiful job on this vase. I wish you could have seen the look on my wife’s face when I showed her this vase, it would have made your day! I am always trying to get her to give that look when I turn my pieces.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 06:03 AM

Beautiful piece. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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TJ65

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 06:05 AM

WOW just beautiful.
I am sure you must be very pleased with the outcome of this piece.

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 07:04 AM

Awesome, that is just beautiful, the lapis really sets it off so nicely. Lapis is a silicate material mainly, and with it’s other minerals, such as calcite, diopside, sodalite, it makes it a pretty hard and dense material. But it’s a lot softer than many granites.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 07:53 AM

Superb. you got a great combination of color. you and your wife did a great job.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 11-23-2010 05:58 PM

I love Lapis Lazuli! Really nice.

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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paplou

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#11 posted 11-23-2010 09:42 PM

Great work. In the second picture it reminds me of a vaaaase that would of been made by tiffanity made of glass.

-- PAPLOU

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#12 posted 11-23-2010 09:51 PM

BEAUTIFULLY DONE, KUDOS. THE COLORS OR EXQUISITE. MIKE

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

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peteg

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#13 posted 11-23-2010 10:51 PM

Realy nice job, has to appeal to any eye

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

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#14 posted 11-24-2010 12:52 AM

Wow! Very nice work, love the inlay

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#15 posted 11-24-2010 08:54 AM

marvelously stunning!!

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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