Claro Walnut Vases

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Project by Brian Havens posted 09-15-2011 07:07 PM 1684 views 3 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to try my hand at some serious hollowing, so I broke down—broke open my piggy bank, that is—and bought one of those Jamieson tools. I made a series of six vases, in paris of three different species. These are the two made of Claro Walnut.

This Claro Walnut was from a local tree that I acquired, from a friend who had taken it down for safety reasons. (Local! How lucky I am to live in an exclusive area where Claro Walnut grows.)

The smaller vase is the second in the series of six vases, and the larger is the last of the series.

One thing I did learn while making vases for the first time is that the variety of shapes for a vase is somewhat limited, but when the shape of the vase is used to exploit the particular features of the piece of wood, the possibilities are much greater. In the case of these two pieces, for instance, although I am still pleased with the smaller vase, I find that the taller vase, being more slender and having the flat shoulder, lends itself to the variegations in the long grain of the Claro Walnut.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 09-15-2011 08:38 PM

Very nice! I would like to try some vessels like yours but I have to get a lathe first! ;^0

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16

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#2 posted 09-15-2011 08:53 PM

Beautifully crafted!

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#3 posted 09-15-2011 09:14 PM

Great job Brian. Beautiful !

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#4 posted 09-15-2011 09:37 PM

Wonderful turnings and nicely finished : )

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

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#5 posted 09-19-2011 02:43 AM

Good work Brian. Claro walnut is so beautiful. Honors him with your work.

Buen trabajo Brian. El nogal claro es tan hermoso. Le rindes honores con tu trabajo.

-- Our lives are marked and bound together by concentric rings. Martín - Argentina

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