WAND #176

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This is ‘Magic Wand’ #176. It is a stalking horse piece…one that precedes the actual intended part(s). Generaly I do a series of 20 to 25 wands, about five or six of each series are what I call stalking horses,,,that is they are used to make my setups, are considered sacrificial, and rarely make it to completion. They are followed by the intended pieces which are variants in rare or exotic woods. This is a rare one in that it made it all of the way intact. It is made of Poplar with just a natural polished finish…only the waxes in the polishing compound are sealing it and they are usually enough to protect it down the road. It is also rare in that I left the ‘core’ intact when piercing the three helical leads. The leads and the core are only joined at the ends where they begin and end. The wand is 1.375” diameter X 20.5” long with open pierced body and tip…the tip has an Austrian crystal. It is in the the Gieringer Collection in Symar, California. It is photographed on a natural redwood, driftwood burl (just for photo purposes).

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#1 posted 1280 days ago

Quite unique, good job.

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#2 posted 1280 days ago

Man that’s cool…..........

I thought it might be ivory….......Beautiful…..................

Really cool with that center shaft, with or without, pretty much a toss up, Super…...............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 1280 days ago

wow , nice work

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#4 posted 1280 days ago

That’s really sweet! Great job.

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#5 posted 1280 days ago

Hey Mtnwild, I read your comment and went to check out what you do. You really do it! Thanks, Stephen

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#6 posted 1279 days ago

Thank You…...................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#7 posted 1277 days ago

That is impressive…I can picture myself on the final sanding of that….snapping it right in 2 or 3. Nice work.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#8 posted 1273 days ago

Awesome, awesome wand! I have a ton of questions for you.. about that spiral, time it takes… etc. I have only accomplished double helixes so far, three astounds me.. what tools? while still on the lathe? Don you need a core for the harder woods? OMG so many questions. I will send you a message soon. Thanks for adding me to your buddy list!!!

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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