Dyed Alaskan Birch Vase

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Project by Stonekettle posted 03-07-2011 05:35 AM 1927 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an end-grain turned piece of Alaskan Birch. Carved and then colored with aniline dyes: it’s similar to the process I used for this piece: It was green turned to rough, allowed to dry for about a year, and then finish turned.

The foot, rim, and finial are American Walnut.

The vessel body is finished in 20 coats of glossy polyacrylic, the foot and cap are finished in simple walnut oil and buffed.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#1 posted 03-07-2011 06:21 AM

Oh my gosh, this is wonderful! I love this! This is something I am going to have to try. I have admired all of your works.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 03-07-2011 06:36 AM

Wow! That’s incredible. How did you train termites to do that? ;)

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#3 posted 03-07-2011 06:39 AM

awesomely beautiful

-- Ronald Coone, Florida,

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#4 posted 03-07-2011 06:50 AM

Very pretty. Nice work of art.

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

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#5 posted 03-07-2011 06:52 AM

Wow: A great looking piece.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#6 posted 03-07-2011 06:56 AM

ianlee74, no but I did use a Termite ring tool to hollow the vase ;)

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#7 posted 03-07-2011 07:18 AM

Great looking piece of wood. Are the series of holes on it a natural feature of the wood, or drilled out?

It is the contrast of those holes and the polish of the rest of it that really catches the eye.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#8 posted 03-07-2011 07:28 AM

Rice Eater, the holes and filigree are carved using a Foredom tool.

-- Jim Wright, Stonekettle Station

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#9 posted 03-07-2011 09:07 AM

Stunning work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#10 posted 03-07-2011 12:50 PM

very nice….......

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 03-07-2011 08:20 PM

Very cool! looks amazing.

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#12 posted 03-07-2011 09:47 PM

Yes, yes and yes! Great to see some truly inspired turning work, especially from an ex Navy man.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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