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This is my latest piece in my journey of negative space design. In the past my pieces have been patterned & repetively patterened. I wanted this time to do something more erratic and eye-popping! This was a great challenge, as I held my breath for what seemed like hours, praying as I turned that it did not become airborne in little tiny broken pieces. 8 1/2 inches, spalted maple. Happy Holidays, ya’ll

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#1 posted 12-25-2010 02:24 PM

way cool !

i don’t have a lathe
and am curious
how this is done

is there a blog ?

merry to you today
and in the new year too

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 12-25-2010 02:39 PM

This is amazing and very well done. I hope that you had a helmet and a good face mask on. Turning something like that looks like it might be a little dangerous. Of course I’m just a beginner with the wood lathe but I would be nervous if I was just watching.

-- 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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#3 posted 12-25-2010 03:39 PM

Not only turning something like that would be a challenge – but spalted maple? That stuff sometimes falls apart on the shelf.

Well done and it looks great

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#4 posted 12-25-2010 04:37 PM

Very very unique and eye catching! Would you please explain the process or the order of cutting it out? it seems that if the lathe work was last, it would fly apart!!

Merry Christmas…......JIm

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

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#5 posted 12-25-2010 04:43 PM

Very Nice job Michelle. Best one yet !!! Bet you did hold your breathe, it looks very delicate.

Happy Holidays back at you.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 05:22 PM

That is just too neat! You have amazing talent. Very eye catching
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 05:28 PM

Absolutely Beautiful, Michelle! WOW!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 05:47 PM

Absolutely Beautiful!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 06:06 PM

It may be a negative space design, but it sure is beautiful eye candy. I can see why you were holding your
breath. This is way beyond anything I would attempt. Thank you for sharing and challenging at the same time.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 12-25-2010 06:13 PM

Very creative.

Great work, too.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 12-25-2010 06:23 PM

Amazing! I like to see a piece of artwork that makes me say “How Did He Do That?”...your definitely asks that question…

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#12 posted 12-25-2010 06:31 PM

Simply Spectacular! How did you do dat???

-- Smitty

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#13 posted 12-25-2010 06:50 PM

Beautiful piece of thought, of design, and of work.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#14 posted 12-25-2010 06:51 PM

Beautiful indeed! I am glad I am not the only one intrigued by how it was done!

-- EGO postulo , EGO venalicium , EGO incidere. I measured, I marked, I cut. Latin instructions for firewood.

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#15 posted 12-25-2010 07:27 PM

Ooh ooh. The seventies reborn in the teens (well thats what I’m calling it). The delicacy of a spider’s web and the beauty of human creation. Marvelous! Your best yet. You are a seriously fine woodworker. Courage to do this in spalted wood.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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