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Project by RichardH posted 1211 days ago 1280 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bowl/vase is around 9 inches in diameter and about 3.5 inches tall. I’ve had the piece of spalted maple from my father-n-law’s farm for quite some time and finally got around to adding the ring around the lip.

I recently turned a piece of birch with Ebony so I decided to dye the walnut and see what happens to the contrast. Walnut is nice without any help and I’ve done quite a few pieces leaving it be, but I kind of liked how this worked out. It takes the color well, but you get the grain that doesn’t come through with ebony (plus a big ebony ring would be $$)

Anyway, let me know what you think! Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."





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NightOwl

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#1 posted 1211 days ago

Love it! Very nice contrast of of the black walnut with the maple and even nicer pairing of the black with the spalting. Great job!

-- Bill

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Kerux

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#2 posted 1211 days ago

Very nice. Always love Spalted pieces and this is no exception!

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Vince

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#3 posted 1211 days ago

Well done…it looks great.

-- Vince

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AngelofDeath

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#4 posted 1211 days ago

the finish on it looks great…thanks for sharing…..beautiful

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peteg

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#5 posted 1211 days ago

Nice looking piece Richard, well done :)

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

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Blake Thornton

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#6 posted 1211 days ago

that is a beautiful piece!

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TheGravedigger

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#7 posted 1211 days ago

Very nice look. I’ve always liked contrasting rims, and the ebonized walnut gives a very “formal” touch to the piece. Really good.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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michelletwo

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#8 posted 1211 days ago

lovely shape..good work getting under the rim..looks super

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Roger

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#9 posted 1211 days ago

very awesome

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deon

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#10 posted 1211 days ago

Elegant piece!

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Gpops

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#11 posted 1204 days ago

In a word Richard “Outstanding”. Love the stained Walnut rim. Really sets the piece off. The spalted Maple with the tie to your father in laws farm makes it even more valuable. Be sure to write that down in a note or on the piece for future generations. I have some picture frames I made from my great grand fathers Oak shed farm buildings.

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RichardH

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#12 posted 1204 days ago

Thanks Everyone.

Gpops, I like the story about the picture frames and very much agree that many of the best pieces have a good story to go with them. I actually got started with woodworking after picking up some wood from my father and my father-n-law for a fellow woodturner. Soon after, I started thinking “This wood is special” and bought a lathe (that was in 2007).
Cheers,
Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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sedcokid

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#13 posted 1047 days ago

RichardH,,
This is a very nice and elegant looking HF. How did you dye the walnut without it running onto the maple? Or did you make the rim seperatly and then glue to the maple HF? Please let me know…

Thanks for sharing this beautiful piece…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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RichardH

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#14 posted 1047 days ago

Hi Chuck,
I actually dyed the walnut after everything was assembled and turned. It is not perfect and you have to be extremely careful as the maple will suck up black dye like a sponge. I applied with an artist paintbrush to keep a clean line where the two materials meet. The outside was really easy, but the inside was a little tricky. There were a few very tiny blotches which I was able to clean up by lightly sanding the maple (kept the tenon on the bowl and sanded the maple right up to the line while turning). Hope this helps.
Cheers,
Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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sedcokid

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#15 posted 1046 days ago

Thanks for your reply!! I appreciate good turners and learning from the good ones!!

Thanks again….

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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