Bradford Pear Scalloped Edge Vase

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Project by Barney78 posted 964 days ago 1252 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

There is a woodturner in my local club named Charles Farrar, he is famous for his scalloped edged bowls. I really like his designs and I felt the need to give it a try, but my version. This is turned and then hand carved, it took a really long time to do this by hand. Sandpaper was my friend on this one. This is Bradford Pear on top, and an ebonized Walnut foot. Laquer finish.
Height: 7 inches, width: 5 inches

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#1 posted 964 days ago

WOW! Wonderful piece.

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#2 posted 963 days ago

Very nice work – looks beautiful .

-- Ray- Janesville Wi.

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#3 posted 963 days ago

I didn’t know Bradford pear was so pretty. Great job, very balanced. The vase and foot flow together.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#4 posted 963 days ago

Wow doesn’t even begin to describe it but is about as close as I can think of right now. WOW!

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 963 days ago

A beautiful piece, it looks like it was well worth the time.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#6 posted 963 days ago

You’re a patient man Barney all that carving, nice job & great looking timber

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

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#7 posted 963 days ago

I have some bradford pear in my shop. It should have dried enough to turn it down. Beautiful vase- I’m impressed with the scallop edge. Thanks for sharing the pictures.
Any special notes on turning? Hard to turn? Any problems encountered?

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#8 posted 961 days ago

Yes, do tell. I have never worked with Bradford Pear before. Is it worth the time to dry it??? Does it work/turn well?

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#9 posted 961 days ago

Bradford pear will split and crack like crazy if you dont cure it slowly. Its like any other fruit wood. This stuff will turn rock hard when you let it dry completely. Rose Engine guys love it because of its density. It turns great while its green, but make sure you take your time drying it. I would rough it out, pack it in with some wood chips for a month, then check it. You may have to return it but this might help.
Sometimes it just takes alot of luck for that stuff not to crack.

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