Purple Haze

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Project by Bearpie posted 06-28-2011 02:54 AM 2108 views 2 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Purple Haze is 6” D x 10” H and is made from a Holly tree that I received from a member of my wood turning club in Jacksonville, FL. It was being cut down because the tenants wanted a better view of the yard that this tree was blocking! I got a half dozen pieces and this is my first turning of Holly, I must say that it really turned well and I had no problems working with it except for for getting wet cause this was freshly cut. When I finished turning this, I left it on the lathe and turned the speed up full speed and left it running for a couple hours. There was a small puddle on the floor where the sap ran down from the back wall. This was very white and you could hardly see the grains on it so I decided to dye it and I’m glad I did. The wall thickness is less than 1/4” and the top is a bit thicker due to the fluted top I put on. I had expected it to warp and distort but (knock on wood) it has not (yet).

I would rate Holly as an excellent wood to turn when green. I cannot say how it will turn when dry as I have not done one yet.

As always, comments and critiques are welcomed and appreciated!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 06-28-2011 02:58 AM

This is just beautiful, Erwin! I love the coloring on it. The finish is exquisite!


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#2 posted 06-28-2011 03:23 AM

That is fabulous wood. Great finish!!!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

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#3 posted 06-28-2011 03:30 AM

Great looking wood and a wonderful job.

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#4 posted 06-28-2011 05:06 AM

Erwin, that is a very beautiful color and grain piece. The finish is so nice, you could take that piece for being a beautiful agate stone. Well done and did I mention its beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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#5 posted 06-28-2011 05:06 AM

Beautiful piece! Holly is a beautiful strong, yet light weight wood. The pure white is quite unique and it has a nice tight grain.

FYI: I have found tht if you harvest holly during the growing season, you need to dry it quickly (kiln) or it will eventually mold and turn an unsightly grey/green. Wood harvested in the dormant season does not seem to need to be kiln dried and will still retain it’s almost pure white color.

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#6 posted 06-28-2011 05:53 AM

Wow it really great looking.

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#7 posted 06-28-2011 06:02 AM

Interesting, beautiful!1 I have some drying holly, maybe I’ll find out one of these days ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#8 posted 06-28-2011 06:09 AM

Awesome! What a lovely grain too. Sure was a good idea to dye it and bring that out!!!

-- Eclectic wood, wire, stone and bead lover

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#9 posted 06-28-2011 07:27 AM

Lovely piece of turning, Bearpie. Finish is superb..

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#10 posted 06-28-2011 08:34 AM

Excuse me while I kiss the sky !
Great piece Erwin, Jimmy would approve, I’m sure.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#11 posted 06-28-2011 08:59 AM

Really pretty piece the dye makes the grain pop very nicely.

Your drying method is unique… I don’t know if I have the guts to crank it up and walk away

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#12 posted 06-28-2011 03:34 PM

WOW, That is Flat Out Gorgeous! The dye really sets this piece apart and shows off the grain which is beautiful, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#13 posted 06-28-2011 04:56 PM

Just beautiful, Erwin.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 06-28-2011 05:05 PM

I appreciated all your comments. I forgot to mention the finish is wipe on poly, my favorite finish cause it is so easy to apply and creates a superb finish. I do some light sanding between coats to be sure to have a smooth surface in the end. This one has about 12 coats of poly. Each piece I do varies in number of coats due to porosity of the wood, dust in the air (grrr) or something else beyond my control.

Thanks mmh for the info on Holly, I sort of think that it applies to all “green” wood although the discoloration (spalting) may be more noticeable with Holly being that it is such a clean white wood and any blemishes seems to really show up like a wart on a nose!

Blake, Who said I walked away? I was standing there the whole time keeping an eye on it, stopping the lathe every now and then checking the vase out and re-tightening the chuck as the wood shrinks a bit. I even took my air hose and put it inside the vase and turned the air on to help force the moisture out. Try that sometimes and you will be amazed at the amount of water that comes out! Maybe this also helped kept the vase from warping?

Paul, I got goosebumps reading what you wrote so I am sending a PM to you explaining why and asking a question.

MichaelA, It is an honor to get high praise from someone whose work I greatly admire and wish I could emulate more but you have skills and talent that come naturally and difficult to copy or match.

Thanks again for all your positive comments!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#15 posted 06-28-2011 05:38 PM

That really looks great.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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