Segmented Hot Air Balloon

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Project by MShort posted 09-09-2011 10:52 PM 2667 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my latest venture into segmented turning. I made serveral mistakes along the way on this project and learned alot from it. The overall height of the project is 19” and the balloon is 8” tall by 6” diameter. Maple and Walnut, 293 pieces.

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

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#1 posted 09-10-2011 12:04 AM

That’s awesome now i want to make one for my kids!

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#2 posted 09-10-2011 12:05 AM

Very nice work. I wish i had a lathe and could make something so nice

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#3 posted 09-10-2011 12:35 AM

hi very very nice love it you did a great job
i cannot see any mistakes
must try one of thous if you don’t mind
thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 09-10-2011 01:24 AM

Mike, this is a beautie, wow what a great idea. You have made a top job well done, :)

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

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#5 posted 09-10-2011 02:12 AM

Very nice and unique.

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#6 posted 09-10-2011 03:17 PM

This is a project that has been on my mind for some time. I have a ceramic hot air balloon hanging in my family room that the wife brought home a few years back. I have always thought it would make a good project for segmented turning…..... And small ones for Christmas ornaments would also be kind of cool. Your project look very good, and has given me some ideas….thanks for the inspiration. Look for one from me here in the future for sure.

Well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 09-10-2011 05:41 PM

I really like that. You did a beautiful job. I makes me want to turn. Thanks for sharing.

-- Chad, Gilbert AZ and

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#8 posted 09-10-2011 06:03 PM

That’s gorgeous! How long did all that take you?

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#9 posted 09-11-2011 02:20 AM

The photos do not do that justice Mike. I’m just glad you brought it to our ShowMe Woodturner’s Meeting the other night. That is a spectacular piece.

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#10 posted 09-14-2011 06:36 AM

Really nice work

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#11 posted 09-17-2011 05:18 AM

It is so cute, I had to show it to my wife. She loves it too. Great work, Mike!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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