Spalted Birch Vases

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Project by Brian Havens posted 1078 days ago 1469 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are the third and fourth vases in my series of six that I made to get the hang of hollowing with my new tool. The wood used for these two vases came from a neighbor’s tree that was cut down, perhaps because it was sick (which would explain the spalting.) (This is the same stock of wood that was used to make the Spalted Birch Goblet).

I was trying to push the tool on these two pieces, in terms of how deep and narrow I could make a vase. Also, in keeping with the concept of using the shape of a vase to exploit the particular features of the wood, I made these vases curvy so that the spalting fades in and out. Otherwise the spalting may have ended up looking like just a black streak from top to bottom.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 1078 days ago

I think you are right about the black streak. Vase is very nce.

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 1077 days ago

Looks great. I would prefer a glossier finish but that’s just one mans opinion.
If it’s about 12 in. tall, how far in did you get with the hollowing tool and what type
are you using?


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#3 posted 1077 days ago

murch: With a Jamieson tool, I pretty much got all the way to the bottom, leaving the bottom about 1/2” thick. (The side walls are about 1/4” thick.)

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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