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Project by BarbS posted 09-01-2011 03:46 AM 1401 views 3 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, today I tried my first hollowing of a vase form, and succeeded in hollowing to 7” deep on a lovely Spalted Birch piece, with a Western Red Cedar collar. Down toward the bottom, about 3/4 of the way down, I managed to cut through the side. After a few choice words, I decided to part it off and invert it, using the top collar for an elevated base and cutting a red cedar plug to fill in the hole. It came out 3” x 3”. I haven’t finished the inside yet, but this is the result. Back to the spalted birch tomorrow to try again!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 04:46 AM

Very nice,Barb .I love the grain in spalted wood!
A great woodworker always finds an alternative when things go wrong and wind up with a thing of beauty.

Thanks for the story behind the cup!!..................Jim

ps. I had a 8” long spalted hollow vessel the wound up a candy dish because most of the top broke off and went flying all around the shop. I’m still finding pieces of it!!

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

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sgtq

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 05:00 AM

Everytime I see one of these turnings with such beautiful wood I want to go buy a lathe, This one may have made up my mind. I love hearing of mistakes and the ways all of you fix them, I know I’ll hit that road someday and it’s nice to know I can not feel alone. Good luck with your next one.

-- There is nothing wrong with America that cannot be cured by what is right with America. ~William J. Clinton

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cwdance1

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 05:06 AM

Now that is a beautiful looking turning. I got to build a bigger shop so I can have a lathe. Great Job

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mmh

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 05:10 AM

That’s quite a beauty you have created here! I love the spalting and the shape and depth are quite impressive. It looks quite fragile.

-- "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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Karson

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 05:20 AM

Great solution to a BO-Bo.

Great work Barbs.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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kiefer

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 05:27 AM

I like this piece Barb !
The wood combination looks great ,like the top was growing from the base .
I think you better keep turning ,you have the touch .

Thanks KIEFER

-- Kiefer 松

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peteg

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 05:50 AM

Great rescue Barb, the base timber works in well , you have ended up with a very nice form to it, well done
Looking forward to “round 2” with the spated birch :: )))

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

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Michael1

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 06:26 AM

Very nice turning. I love it when a mistake turns out to be a better design than origionally intended

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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Bearpie

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 06:30 AM

Nice that you can turn a mistake into a winner! I love the spalting on this.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 07:16 AM

Great looking turning, Barb.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 09-01-2011 07:39 AM

BEAUTIFUL BARB!

I always love the outcome of spalted wood turnings. That fungus sure has some artistic talent.

Combined with your touch, it turned out superb.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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michelletwo

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#12 posted 09-01-2011 12:19 PM

good save. Glad you found some thicker /taller wood. Enjoy!

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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patron

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#13 posted 09-01-2011 12:32 PM

love the shape barbs

and the wood is gorgeous

very elegant

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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SPalm

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

I too love the shape. And the pedestal.
Good recovery, and sorry about the words you must of uttered.

Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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jockmike2

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#15 posted 09-01-2011 11:06 PM

Great save Barb, I wish I count all the “saves” I’ve had to make, and they always seem to come out better than planned. Beautiful turning.

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

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