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Project by trifern posted 05-17-2011 04:21 AM 2454 views 6 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sycamore hollow form measuring approximately 6 inches tall by 5.5 inches wide. All comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 05-17-2011 04:30 AM

That is really cool. You are really getting into the carving. Great job on that hollow form!
The pattern of the wood without the carving looks circular. Is that the grain? What did you finish it with ? A dye or stain?.............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 05-17-2011 04:33 AM

Thanks Jim. This was turned face grain. The circular pattern you see is the radial grain. I colored it with purple and teal aniline dye. The top coat is satin wipe-on poly.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 05-17-2011 04:49 AM

beautiful form & colouring Joe, there is a lot of very patiently planned texturing going on here as well.
I love the neck detail :)
great piece

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

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#4 posted 05-17-2011 05:20 AM

This very a very attractive piece, your carving is very good. The hollow form is excellent as usual, but between the carving and color this is one of your better pieces. Your work is always good but this one is very good!!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 05-17-2011 05:25 AM

WOW! I really like the added 3 dimensional effect you achieved with this technique. I like the subtle use of the tool to create a very organic and simple design that is multiplied by the sheer volume of the repetition of the design. The somewhat symmetrical design gives a harmonious feel with a constant rhythm, yet there are discrepancies that make it more organic. The texture reminds me of a seed pod like that of a Banksia pod, and also that of pin feathers of a bird. Very cool texture and design.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 05-17-2011 05:45 AM

Simply gorgeous! Since I first saw your work, I have been amazed and inspired by your turnings and dye technique (I was thrilled when you did the “To Dye 4” blog). The additions of carvings really breaks it into a whole other realm!

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Mike Gager

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#7 posted 05-17-2011 07:01 AM

this one is really cool

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#8 posted 05-17-2011 07:11 AM

Good job.

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#9 posted 05-17-2011 07:16 AM

Joe, you have done it again….love the texture on this along with the fantastic grain swirls and the color. How was the sycamore for turning? I have a big sycamore down across the creek and was trying to decide if any of it was salvageable…..

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#10 posted 05-17-2011 05:06 PM

Another beauty from the Master!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#11 posted 05-17-2011 06:24 PM

This one rates a “spectacular” in my book.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#12 posted 05-17-2011 06:42 PM

I second Charlie, this is spectacular.

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#13 posted 05-17-2011 09:00 PM

This is a really spectacular piece!! like it a lot!!

-- Jorge Velez, Guadalajara, Mexico.

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#14 posted 05-17-2011 09:29 PM

Amazing!! Thanks for sharing. Now I have have something to work towards!!

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