Kauri goblet

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Project by peteg posted 04-09-2011 02:03 AM 1979 views 2 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Thought I would have a break & go back to something simple like a Goblet. This a piece of recycled Ancient Kauri, stands about 6” & has a 3 1/2 ” cup on top.
It was based on my memory of thoes old hollow stem bubbly glases we used to get back when.
Appeciate your comments good or bad as usual

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

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#1 posted 04-09-2011 02:06 AM

Great looking goblet Pete. great shape & that wood is gorgeous.

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#2 posted 04-09-2011 02:11 AM

nice design on that goblet. that kauri is some nice looking wood too.

-- Larry, North Carolina

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#3 posted 04-09-2011 02:58 AM

That is beautiful.

I have some kauri that I have not done anything with yet. Can you tell us how you sanded and finished this? I ask about the sanding because I have read that you should sand to 1200 grit.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#4 posted 04-09-2011 03:10 AM

Thanks Guys,
Rich, I normally sand everything to at least 1200, (some pieces I will go to 2000) I do a lot of wet sanding with Danish or any finishing oil & work up that slurry to fill any little cracks that may be there. I only power sand to about 320 then sand stationary.
The trouble with most of the Kauri I get it is old demolition stuff & is very dry (no moisture content) so you have to be careful not to generate too much heat or you’l get “heat cracks” with it. :))
I am interested where you get the Kauri?

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

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#5 posted 04-09-2011 03:20 AM

Gorgeous, Pete. It looks almost like copper or some metallic finish. Very fine design. Beautiful!


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#6 posted 04-09-2011 04:06 AM

Another nice turning Pete, I like the form, the goblet part more. Did you consider hollowing the stem?
One of the US importers of the Kauri is about forty miles north of me. I keep wanting to drive up there to purchase some, but they are open the same hours I am at work, so I haven’t turned any yet.
Thanks for the finish tips.

-- Mel,

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#7 posted 04-09-2011 04:46 AM

Absolutly beautiful Goblet Pete, love that wood!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 04-09-2011 05:11 AM

looks nice enough to hold the Eucharist

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 04-09-2011 05:47 AM

Very nice turning Pete, your memory seems OK. That is great looking wood.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 04-09-2011 11:28 AM

Hey Pete…. That is some nice looking wood, Kauri is something us canuks just don’t have access to. From the looks of this piece I wish I did…......

I like the form of you goblet. I actually own a couple of Margareta glasses that are close to this shape. The bowl at least. Looks like you got a nice thin and delicate wall thickness. To my eye, I think a thin stem without the slope to the foot would maybe have a bit more appeal. And I just can’t figure why you didn’t hollow the base a bit….......... but that’s just me. You do very nice work. I always look forward to your next project.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 04-09-2011 01:02 PM

very nice. that wood really pops!

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

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#12 posted 04-09-2011 01:42 PM

Very nice, the wood is gorgeous and the workmanship is as good as the wood!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 04-09-2011 03:32 PM

Nice work, Pete! I might have to try some kauri. Woodcraft sells some that came out of a bog.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#14 posted 04-09-2011 11:29 PM

Thanks for your comments,
Mel, this is the 4th one I made before I was basically happy with the shape, I hollowed 2 of the set but they didnt go too well as I couldnt get the wall thickness down to look right, you only need a little cross grain @ say 1 mm and “snap”
Brian, I am going to do # 5 and hollow the base out on it, the stem I am happy with, although I may look at tapering it top down in true hollow stem style.
Hairy, thats what we call “swamp Kauri” it is the genuine 40,000 year old stuff & is quite often offered with a corbon dated certification.
Thanks agin all :)

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

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#15 posted 04-23-2011 03:51 AM

Love the goblet, and love the wood. I really love your work also. Beautiful as always pete.

-- "everything is beautiful, but not everyone sees it" ~confucius-551-449 b.c.~

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