A Christmas Present for My Perfect Wife

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I built this segmented vase and gave it to my wife for Christmas two years ago. It was my first attempt at a segmented vase using staves and a feature ring. It is made of Mahogany, Maple and Walnut.

I had no idea how much trigonometry and geometry would be required for planning and cutting the pieces. It took me days to calculate, lengths, widths and angles. Like taking high school trig and geometry all over again. Thanks for looking.

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#1 posted 1030 days ago

Wow, this vase is amazing! Great job!

Welcome to LJ’s!

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#2 posted 1030 days ago

That is absolutely stunning. I am sure you’re wife was thrilled to get it. Is there a reference you can site that provides some advice on creating such a wonderful piece?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 1030 days ago

looks great to me and if you are going to do segmented turning you really should like math

-- jim nevada

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#4 posted 1030 days ago

Wow, Amazing design of vase, Cool color combo with perfect finished and shape.


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#5 posted 1029 days ago

WOW!!!!! Great work, not sure I have seen anyone put in the 3d blocks like that in a turning. Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1029 days ago

Very nice looking segmented vase. The feature ring is very intriguing, as is the neck of this piece. Stave vessels always seem to look good to me, but the shape, fit and finish on this one is very good.
Well done my friend, and welcome to lumberjocks.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 1029 days ago

That is one fabulous turn & very pleasing to the eye, well done & welcome to the adictive gang :)

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

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#8 posted 1029 days ago

That looks great. It is really a beautiful piece. BTW, there’s no need to work hard calculating things when you can get Turbocad Deluxe for $129.95. It is not a toy but a sophisticated cad program. I use it in my machine shop and also make templates for our knife grinding everyday. It runs our cnc router with the small program that runs the router. All you have to do is load a DXF drawing file the cnc router will do the rest. You can make great prints with it and it’s easy to learn. Complicated calculations are easy and there are no mistakes. I get nothing for recommending it. It’s just a great program that is useful for woodworkers and other craftsmen.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 1029 days ago

Nice job Michael. Great form and wood selections.

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

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aviad mishaeli

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#10 posted 1029 days ago

i wont to hug this vase , its a beautiful woman shape

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#11 posted 1029 days ago

Beautiful Segmented Vase! Welcome to Lumberjocks!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#13 posted 1029 days ago

Thank you to everyone for the compliments. I am flattered to have so many talented peers comment on my work.

-- Mike Sparks - Dear God, Please help me to become the person my dog thinks I am.

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#14 posted 1029 days ago

That is an amazing vase. Fantastic work!
Well Done.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#15 posted 1028 days ago

IF WE like it so much, your wife must love it and be proud of it.
Welcome to L M community, Michael. I’m looking forward to see more of your turning works.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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