urn on a stand (which one?)

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Project by peteg posted 12-01-2010 04:55 AM 1772 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a small Blackwood urn with a lid & base, I would have normally made the base as part of the main piece, but I wanted to play about with some ebonising / colouring effects.
The wall thickness is about 4mm + -.
Would welcome comments on the base, The tapered base in picture 5 is the one I designed first, then I played about with the one in pic’ 1 which is flarred out?
If it looks like it is on a bit of a tilt it probably is as I haven’t glued the chosen base yet. It will be glued in the lathe on set centres.
It stands about 10’ x 5’ wide & is finished in several sealer coats with a couple of poly top coats.
Any comments / suggestions will be appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 12-01-2010 06:01 AM

I really like the base. The overall effect is very harmonious, and has a lightness to it. It reminds me a bit of the old-time conception of what a rocket ship would look like. I say stick with what you’ve got.

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#2 posted 12-01-2010 06:43 AM

Wow, what a beautiful vessel Pete. Just stunning. I agree with Robert that it has a very light feel to it. The first base is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this with us.

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

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#3 posted 12-01-2010 07:00 AM

Holy cow! That is as smooth as silk, I love it! Great job on a fantastic piece, sure to be appreciated by all…

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#4 posted 12-01-2010 07:56 AM

Fantastic turning. Agree with the above, very light and elegant piece. First base looks best. Gives it a more stable look to it.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 09:07 AM

Very nice…it’s tough to say which base is better.

-- Vince

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 01:23 PM

Great urn…...... I love the form. and the wood used; one that I am not familiar with. If I was to change anything, it would be to make the finial a bit thiner, but that’s just my eye.

As far as the base is concerned the flared one is right for this piece. It give a better flow and look of stability. I am wondering what method of ebonising you used?

This is one of your best pieces that I have seen here at LJ. Keep up the great work….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-01-2010 02:30 PM

I must agree with the toyguy, this is one of the best turnings I have seen on LJ. I like the flared base better, although the other base is nice.

I have a question though, does the base have to be fixed? I know, if given permission, I would want to pick up the urn to get a good look at the shape and feel.

-- Mel,

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#8 posted 12-01-2010 02:41 PM

just beautiful. very nice.

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

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#9 posted 12-01-2010 02:57 PM

Awesome job very well done.

-- Have a great day.

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#10 posted 12-01-2010 02:58 PM

Now that is some nice turning….. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 12-01-2010 03:28 PM

That’s really nice work. I prefer the flared base – it mirrors the curve of the upper piece and seems to ‘fit’ better.


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#12 posted 12-01-2010 03:37 PM

That is a beautiful urn, Pete. I like the way you matched the grain in the top to the body. Thanks for sharing.
How did you hold it to finish the bottom to a point?

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 12-01-2010 07:15 PM

I really like this turning and I like the base in the first picture. I see no need to fasten the urn to the base and think by fastening you will detract from the piece. If it was one piece of wood that would be different. I am also with Toyguy in that the finial could be thinner and more delicate looking. However you have only to please yourself and your client!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#14 posted 12-01-2010 10:35 PM

So many kind words I am a bit embarrased,
The first base was tapered to reflect the same profile as the top portion, the second one (flarred) is the same in reverse’
I wasn’t sure about the final & agree with Brian and will probably return it to the lathe & lighten it up a bit.
Brian, I used Jo Sonja’s acrylic artist colours for the ebonising, you can “water”these down if you want to get an initial soak in coat, cant remember how many coats realy depends on the reaction with the wood, cut it back with a final 1200 paper and mop polished with briwax clear.
Jim, just sit it on a jam chuck with a tail stock centre and run down very steady with a skew, that was the easy part.

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

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#15 posted 12-01-2010 10:39 PM

I also like the flare of the first base, but I prefer the bigger cutout between the legs of the narrow one. It shows off the pointed bottom of the urn better, and that really makes the look of the piece.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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