Pistachio Hollow Form

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Project by scrappy posted 12-06-2011 06:25 AM 2200 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a tall skinny hollow form, turned from Pistachio wood.

It is 3 inch diam. X 6 1/4 inch tall. Turned to 1/8 inch wall thickness.

Finished with Tung Oil/Varnish, after sanding to 400 grit. Polished with the Beall Wood Buff= system.

This is the deepest hollow form I have done yet. It was a real challenge getting that deep inside of the 1 inch opening. Not really sure how thick the wall is towards the bottom. My calipers= do not reach that far. haha

The grain on one side (pic 2) looks like a painting that was still wet and someone ran their fingers through it. Mother nature comes up with her own beautiful art. I am happy to have the opportunity to try and enhance the beauty of the wood with my turning. (my wife LOVES it, that is all that counts)

Please leave all comments and critiques. I am always trying to improve my skills and your comments help.

Thanks for Looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 08:50 AM

Dan this is a great piece of timber you stumbled on here, that upper figure is fantastic, just a very nice simple piece & let the timber do the talking, nice neck detail as well as the finish, well done mate :))

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

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 11:40 AM

You amaze me! Out of that little piece of ugly wood, beauty springs forth!

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#3 posted 12-06-2011 03:10 PM

Scrappy: A great looking piece, Nice workmanship

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 04:04 PM

Beautiful Piece, Dan. Did you use a steady rest for the boring?....Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 07:41 PM

Very nice! I especially like your rim, elevated a bit. And that is one sweet piece of wood!


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#6 posted 12-06-2011 07:52 PM

neat one are correct, if your wife loves it, you have it made!!! thanks for sharing

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 09:39 PM

Great job. Love the division of grain. Pistachio wood is really nice to turn….but extremely hard to find.

Most folks have never truly turned Pistachio as most of the trunk wood is not Pistachio but from a non fruiting pistache tree and the real fruiting (Pistachio) portion is grafted to the top of this “root stock” pistache. This is done because the true fruiting variety of this tree grows so very slowly. In most cases you get this pistache wood when you see someone selling pistachio. Both of them are exceptionally beautiful to turn though and probably only an expert could tell the difference.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 12:53 AM

way to go mate you are on track,beautifu lpiece

-- jim nevada

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#9 posted 12-07-2011 01:40 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone. I really enjoyed turning this.

Jim Jakosh, No, I did not use a steady rest. Probably would have helped. Had to take VERY light cuts to keep down the vibration.

reggiek; Thanks for the info. Never knew that.

Thanks again for all the great comments everyone.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#10 posted 12-07-2011 02:11 AM

Scrappy that is some pretty wood. Nice form and finish too. Well done.

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#11 posted 12-07-2011 06:23 AM

Dan, another great piece. I don’t think I have ever seen Pistachio wood before it is beautiful as is your turning!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#12 posted 12-08-2011 11:23 AM

Very, very nice hollow form.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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