Southwest Style Pot With Pyro

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Project by TedM posted 05-25-2012 09:03 PM 1387 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Southwest style pot that I made for my wife last Christmas. It is made of Cherry and it is approximately 10 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall.

The lower portion features a ‘swirl’ pattern that was made by using pyrography tools. Both the lower portion, the rim and the inside were dyed black. The dyed parts were buffed with steel wool to give them an antique appearance.

Working with Cherry is always enjoyable (except that it makes me crave Cherry pie! :)). I was able to get a consistent wall thickness that was reasonably thin therefore giving the pot an acceptable lightness when handled.

This was a fun project, especially since it was to be a gift. Yes, she was very pleased.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed.

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#1 posted 05-25-2012 10:21 PM

Lovely piece Ted, similar to a piece I posted a couple of days ago :)

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

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#2 posted 05-26-2012 01:00 AM

Love the synchronicity of yours and Peteg’s post. Hard to say which I like more but I admire your detail and adore black with wood colour. Nice patient work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#3 posted 05-26-2012 01:40 AM

The shape is almost a carbon copy of Peteg’s work but the burning is not! You did a fine job!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 05-26-2012 04:44 AM

Rather it is like Peteg’s or not it is beautiful!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#5 posted 05-26-2012 05:05 AM

Very beautiful, well done.

-- I never finish anyth

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#6 posted 05-26-2012 09:34 AM

like the dark area patterns

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#7 posted 05-26-2012 10:39 AM

Yes, the identifying shape of Southwest style pots are very distinguishable, and a common theme for a lot of turners including myself. Appreciate the comparison to Pete’s great piece.

Thanks everyone.

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#8 posted 05-27-2012 06:44 PM

I don’t know what synchronicity is, but I sure like this pot. Very well done.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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