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Project by peteg posted 01-27-2011 03:28 AM 2145 views 15 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was all set to do a variant on my last arched piece, but got side tracked with this reversed wing thingy,
It is made from some of the building site reject Beech I acquired which is a lovely timber to work with, I am always tempted to stain this stuff as it is light in colour however in the finish left it as is.

It has been finished with about 6 or 7 coats of home brew sealer & a top coat spray.

It is about 160mm sq (220mm across the opposite tips) stands about 120mm high, it is around 3.5mm thick.

Thought I would throw in a photo of the “mark 1” which had other ideas about staying in the lathe, (basically wrong choice of timber for this type of turning, which needs to be very hard to stay in one piece)

Appreciate any comments good or bad, thanks for looking

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

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#1 posted 01-27-2011 03:38 AM

Extraordinary piece! It boggles my mind to try and figure out how you did it. It is truely a beautiful work of art!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#2 posted 01-27-2011 03:57 AM

You’ve done it again Pete. Amazing idea and a nice job. At first sight I thought I was looking at New Zealand’s first stealth fighter. I really like it.

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

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#3 posted 01-27-2011 04:13 AM

“Reversed wing thingy” I love it. And thanks for including the pic of the broken one. It’s some beautiful wood to go to waste. Any plan to salvage it? Very nice work, Pete!


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#4 posted 01-27-2011 04:55 AM

How did you do this???? You must share, so we can have a piece fly out of the lathe too…. This piece is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 01-27-2011 05:04 AM

It mystical and way cool all wrap in uniqueness thank for sharing…BC

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#6 posted 01-27-2011 05:06 AM

I have been looking at these pictures for about 10 minutes trying to figure out how you accomplished this… ...very beautiful work!

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#7 posted 01-27-2011 05:11 AM

very cool thingy

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#8 posted 01-27-2011 05:51 AM


Very unique. Do you turn it green and then shape it? It looks intriguing. Thanks for posting.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 01-27-2011 07:28 AM

This is a beautiful piece!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#10 posted 01-27-2011 08:36 AM

i think yoi may have discoveredhow alien space ships travel darting about in unpredictable patterns. Nice, how do you do it? Trade secret?

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

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#11 posted 01-27-2011 09:53 AM

Beautiful piece!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#12 posted 01-27-2011 12:49 PM

I think i know how you did this, but not being a turner i am not completely sure.
I guess the secret is in the pre-turning cuts you make to the wood

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#13 posted 01-27-2011 01:37 PM

Pete, ”A Tip of the Hat” to you sir.

This is such a nice looking piece. The form is outstanding. It just amazes me. I still can’t get my head around the technique of turning this one. Is there a tutorial on this somewhere I could see ? Please share…......

Your finish on this piece looks very good, from what I can see in the picture. If I have any critiques, it would be the finial…. a bit thiner might look a bit better on this…. but that’s just my eye.

You get a 10 on this one my friend…............ Well done .

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#14 posted 01-27-2011 02:48 PM

I absolutely love this, as Brian said, the form is OUTSTANDING!!!! Definitely in my favorites folder.

If no one has suggested it yet, I would like to see if you would do a Blog/Tutorial on this.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#15 posted 01-27-2011 03:40 PM

That’s amazing – I’m trying to wrap my brain around the turning technique and all I can come up with is an off-lathe carving.


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