Ikebana Vase

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Project by LewH posted 12-31-2011 09:55 PM 1596 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bloodwood bowl uses a brass ikebana (Japanese art of flower arrangement) insert that is water tight. There are spikes inside that hold the cut flowers upright. I made it as a Christmas gift for my wife, and it is her skill at flower arrangement that makes the piece “pop”.

I thought (stupid me) that it would be an easy piece to complete, but there was some stubborn end-grain tear out that kept me working at it for some additional hours. Scary sharp tools and all available sandpaper grits finally resulted in a nice finish.

The bowl is only hollowed out for the insert, but the additional heft keeps the center of gravity low.

-- Smile!

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#1 posted 12-31-2011 10:46 PM

I think this is great. What a great idea. Nice work.

-- Jen ~ Happiness is being covered in sawdust.

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#2 posted 12-31-2011 11:30 PM

Great shape!!!

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#3 posted 01-01-2012 05:31 AM

Beautiful bowl a real classic design.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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