conundrum lathe turned vessel from collection of Mia Shargel

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Project by Porchfish posted 09-01-2011 05:50 PM 1464 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had the opportunity to visit with old friends Dr’s Manny and Mia Shargel of Tallahassee Florida and they allowed me to take additional photos of this piece from their collection. I promised to show additional photos of this piece some time ago so that you could see an example of the “propeller” turning technique I developed years ago. The amazing surprise is that the bark has remained in tact on this vessel for 25 years. No treatment was used on the bark at all. The original finish was tung oil followed by my wax mix. Now see if you can figure how it was created. This is all one chinaberry board lathe turned as a double 28” long “propeller” that’s the clue . .I have always loved chinaberry ! , and dancing outside the box is the nature of the beast.

your friend in Florida, don schneider, Havana Florida, porchfish studio

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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#1 posted 09-01-2011 07:30 PM

You turned it it halfway, hollowed it, split it and glued it end to end?

Very interesting result. I like it.

-- -Jacob Turetsky, Industrial Designer

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 12:14 AM

I guessed the last method you used correctly ( snappyass lathe )

But this one has me stumped .

I’m going to guess what type of turning machine you used .

Was it something like this ?

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 05:28 AM

This is interesting. I turned Chinaberry when it was green and I didn’t have any problems BUT when it sat for a few months and when I tried turning it gave off an odor that stung my lungs. I threw the turning into my burn pile and said to myself “NO more Chinaberry”

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 04:19 PM

Sorry to hear of your reaction to chinaberry…I have it all around my house , furniture, moldings ,steps, turned vessels, sculpted figures. Chinaberry must not be for you ! thanks for your response…
PS the clients who own the 3 legged sculpture shown(Manny & Mia Shargel) have had in their living room for 25 + years…go figure ?

-- If it smells good, eat it ! The pig caught under the fence is the one doing all thesquealing

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