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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 08-23-2011 04:38 PM 1966 views 1 time favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had turned this 280mm in diameter spherical maybe ten years ago. It was forgotten inside a box on a high shelf till yesterday when I was looking for something else. With gentle hand push, it turns aroune itself for while and the swirl design gives the effect of cyclone movement.
144 pieces of jarrah and tassie oak. The base may look a bit too high but I think it is necessary to be that high to sustain and stabilize the metal bar that carrys the ball.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 08-23-2011 04:45 PM

Nice work Sam. Nice tight lines and great pattern alignment. Thanks for sharing.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#2 posted 08-23-2011 04:53 PM

Man, I like that. Makes me want to try using that dang lathe out in the shop.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#3 posted 08-23-2011 06:51 PM

Really Nice!!!

Thanks for sharing!


-- Chris N, Westford, MA - "If you won't eat something from your fridge that turned green...why would you eat something that started out that way?"

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#4 posted 08-23-2011 08:30 PM

Love it Sam, it is very beautiful!

I have just done my first segmented piece and enjoyed making it. I know that there is a formula or chart that tells how long to cut each piece in the desired diameter with the number of segments per ring. Can you direct me to that site? My bowl isn’t perfect but what first bowl is? The wife is happy with it and that is what counts! Thanks.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 08-23-2011 09:14 PM

You can do wonderful things with a lathe, Sam.

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

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#6 posted 08-23-2011 09:45 PM

Beautiful piece and the finish looks like glass : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 10:09 PM

Look forward to seeing it and maybe taking a video of it…

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#8 posted 08-23-2011 10:39 PM

Nice work Sam – Always like seeing spheres and yours tend to kick it up a notch. Well done.


-- "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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#9 posted 08-23-2011 10:54 PM


After seeing how you did your bowls, I can see how you did this Ball!



Do you have plans for your turning Template? LOL


Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 08-24-2011 12:11 AM

Damn fantastic Sam, how could you hide such a great turning for 10 years.

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

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#11 posted 08-24-2011 12:17 AM

Sam, That is a beautiful globe! Good work and very pleasing to the eye!

-- Snookie, Jasper,GA

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#12 posted 08-24-2011 12:33 AM

You’re “on the ball” with this one Sam, I can just imagine this in a spin, great job & fabulous finish :))

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

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#13 posted 08-24-2011 02:34 AM

Top stuff as always Sam !

-- There is always an opportunity to learn. . . .Steve Mcgrady. . Sydney, Australia.

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#14 posted 08-24-2011 03:13 AM

Slick idea Sam! I enjoy your creativity.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#15 posted 08-24-2011 04:42 AM

Another fine piece Sam.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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