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This is my first lidded vessel, and the second attempt with the spalted birch log I’m using. The top collar and lid/finial are done in western red cedar. I found it too soft to hold any detail, as small beads and features crumbled too easily. Next time I’ll use only a dense hardwoood for a finial. It stands about 6” high, hollowed to 4-3/4” inside, and the lid/finial is another 4” above, totaling about 10” overall. There are things I would change, but for a first try, I’m sort of pleased with it. What do you all think?

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/





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Vince

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#1 posted 11-17-2011 08:46 AM

Very nice work…. I really like the finial.

-- Vince

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Cher

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#2 posted 11-17-2011 09:14 AM

Hi Barb,your lidded vessel is perfect, if you hadn’t said it, I wouldn’t have known that that is your first. The finial looks perfect from here and the spalted birch is lovely too.

Thanks for sharing Barb, I would be pleased too, good for you.

-- When you know better you do better.

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WoodSpanker

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#3 posted 11-17-2011 10:13 AM

Nice work! I love how spalted wood looks….. what a fine vessel you have there! :)

-- Adventure? Heh! Excitement? Heh! A Woodworker craves not these things!

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#4 posted 11-17-2011 12:06 PM

Hi, Barb:

You really did a nice job on this! The finial is the perfect touch for it. I just love it! Spalted wood is so pretty too.

Sheila

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs (http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com) Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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michelletwo

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#5 posted 11-17-2011 12:29 PM

for a first, it is good. You asked what i think..ok, I’d tuck that base in with a continuous curve from the shoulder or widest part. Other than that, I think you did real well

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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ellen35

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#6 posted 11-17-2011 12:31 PM

What a beautiful vessel! The detail on the lid is quite striking…and the spalting is exquisite.
Your first is one of many, I hope.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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Ken90712

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#7 posted 11-17-2011 12:49 PM

A real beauty, i would not have guessed you were new at this.
Love the wood choice.

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 11-17-2011 01:05 PM

AWE !!!!
The human touch added to the beauty of fungus.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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tamboti

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#9 posted 11-17-2011 01:26 PM

Hi Barb for a first try well done 2 comments rsduce the foot to 1/3 of the opening and refine the finial a little,
for finial insperation check out cindy drozda the queen of finials . Kind regards Roger in South Africa

-- Africa is not for sissies

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Dave

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 01:57 PM

Very pretty. And to think they used to toss the spalted wood out. Very nice indeed..

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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Maveric777

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#11 posted 11-17-2011 02:57 PM

Now that is nice Barbs! Sure doesn’t look like a first try on a lidded vessel to me. Top notch stuff!

Thanks for sharing….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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SPalm

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#12 posted 11-17-2011 03:08 PM

Hey Barb,
That is sweet. The cedar looks really nice. I can imagine the difficulties.
Someday I have to try this.

Good job,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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BarbS

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#13 posted 11-17-2011 04:42 PM

thanks, all. I felt like I missed the ‘fair curve’ on this piece. I may just put it back on the lathe and reduce that bottom area to curve inward a little more. And the proportions to the finial are not perfect, but I can’t redo that without doing another lid/finial. But thanks for all your nice comments!

-- http://barbsid.blogspot.com/

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woodworm

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#14 posted 11-17-2011 06:34 PM

Beautiful, I like it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Lidiya Blaznina

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#15 posted 11-17-2011 07:05 PM

Barb,its a beauty!

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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