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Goblets for my daughter's wedding toast

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Project by Schwieb posted 755 days ago 2114 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My only daughter, Laura was married on June 23, 2012. I wanted to make a couple of things for use at the wedding and got the inspiration from LJ buddy Sam Shakouri to make some goblets. I have turned lots of bowls and hollow forms, but segmented work was a new venture for me. Like most things I do, I don’t use plans, I mull them over, make a few sketches, and then get to work and refine the idea as I go.

I began with gluing up the bowl in a stave arrangement. All the wood used was “heritage wood” as I call it. My goal was to incorporate some symbolism into the project that reflected her heritage in wood. The Ash used here was from a log cabin built by her great-great-grandfather for his family around 1870 in NW Ohio. This house still stands and is still in the family. Her great-grandfather and grandfather were born in this house, and my youngest brother lives there with his family today. He had enlarged some openings and saved the pieces. The Walnut and Maple came from my Dad, and the Cherry came from a tree planted when they settled the homestead. I remember climbing this tree when I was a boy and picking cherries. My grandma was a real good cook and made some great cherry pies from it. The tree finally just got old and my Dad saved the bigger pieces when they cut it down, with the idea of making something with it one day, I’m sure. It came to me to do that.

I continued to glue up the segments and completed with hose clamps.

The bowl blank is attached to the lathe (that had belonged to my Dad), roughed out, and a tenon made to allow turning the bowl. I planned to use part of this assembly for the foot as you will see following.

I glued up a segmented maple section for the rim and turned it out. I did some of the assembly on the lathe and kept careful track of orientation in the chuck and maintaining centers.

I found an accessory for my Nova chucks called soft jaws, that one could customize to hold work in the chuck without marring. They were perfect for this application. I don’t think I could have made a better fixture than these to do this job. You can also see the layout of the various rings and connections between the elements. This assembly required very precise mortise and tenons and a digital calipers was very helpful here as well as duplicating the elements to make them exactly alike.

Bowls completed, I began the stem and foot of the goblets. The stem is French Boxwood, provided by my LJ buddy Thomas (Sodabowski) in Paris, France ( http://lumberjocks.com/Schwieb/blog/30835 ). This was beautiful to turn and made a perfect stem. The contrast in color with the darker woods helped lighten the work. This wood was to serve to connect her French heritage to the piece. In this photo, I am using the lathe to clamp the stem – foot elements together.

After a lot of deliberation, I decided to finish them with wipe-on poly. It would be a durable finish and be safe enough to drink from after the finish cured. I thoroughly enjoyed working through this project and really appreciated Thomas’s help. I intend to return the favor. The goblets and other things I made were a big hit and added something intangible to the festivities. The goblets are 3” in diameter and stand about 9” tall. There are 76 individual pieces of wood in each goblet. I made sure of that. The idea here was that she was born in 1976. Apparently, I am a very nostalgic person. For me this was a means of having present at the wedding her elders who have passed on but would have loved to be there, I’m certain. I truly believe they were present in spirit. She’s a special girl and is loved by all who know her.

This photo is of Laura, her husband Gary, and myself sharing a toast at the reception.

Thank you for looking and I invite your comments.

The second part of this gift is the Wedding Keepsake Box http://lumberjocks.com/projects/68319

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.





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Dale

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#1 posted 755 days ago

Beautiful job, well done. I am sure she is pleased.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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sedcokid

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#2 posted 755 days ago

Doc, these goblets are beautiful in design and material selection. The Boxwood used in the stem was a good choice. Your step by step description was very good and the photo of your daughter, her husband and yourself was touching.

Thanks so much for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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Gumnut

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#3 posted 755 days ago

Thank you Doc for posting this amazing work, I found your story very touching and the goblets are stunning in design and finish.
These would be an amazing heirloom to pass on down through the generations

-- Peter, member of the Fine Woodwork Association http://www.fwwa.org.au/index.htm

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RKaste

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#4 posted 755 days ago

Beautiful Gobles. Something that will remind them of the special love that a farther can only give.

Thanks so much for sharing

-- --May you have fair winds and following seas--

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stefang

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#5 posted 755 days ago

First let me congratulate you Ken. Your beautiful daughter made the perfect bride. I can imagine it was an emotional day for her dad to see her married. Secondly those goblets are just spectacular and very well crafted. I know your daughter will cherish them and hand them down some day, maybe to your granddaugherr? Regardless they will surely become family heirlooms. Congratulations dad!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sodabowski

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#6 posted 755 days ago

Ah yes, the boxwood was definately the way to go :D
You did a wonderful job with these goblets Ken, congratulations, and again, best wishes to Laura and Gary :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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mafe

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#7 posted 755 days ago

Ken they are beautiful. Your daughter is lucky to have a father like you!
What a wonderful job you have done there, and all the thoughts behind.
I salute your daughter and her lucky husband.
The best of my thoughts to all of you,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 755 days ago

Ken those look extremely sleek

very nice

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Sam Shakouri

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#9 posted 755 days ago

First, Dr Schwieb, I’d like to congratulate you and wish Laura and her husband all the best.
Those identical goblets are stunning and with that touching story, they will enter the history of your family for many generations to come carring your name over and over.
Although, I may have a very tiny part in inspiration, you have done a better job. Now, I feel I have to be inspired by you.
Thanks for mentioning my name.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#10 posted 754 days ago

Hi Ken;

Congratulations on your daughters wedding.

You did an excellent job on the goblets. And what an amazing story to go with it.

Superb work.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Rick

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#11 posted 753 days ago

Very Nice Project! Thanks for Posting!

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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MsDebbieP

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#12 posted 753 days ago

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Napoleon

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#13 posted 752 days ago

Hi ken

First i have to congratulate to you and your daugther.When i come visit you i tell her my self ;).

Thanks for your mail :) i have been very busy,but everything is alright at my place. I will mail you soon ;)

What an AWESOME job you have done on those goblets! Not only you have made goblets,but segmented…thats a lot of work with the glue-up. Thats very well done my friend :)

I have just bought me a new lathe(vicmarc vl150 from Australia) but know knifemaking is taking a lot of my time. Soon i hope to get some time on the lathe.

I hope you get a good sommer :)

All the best from here.

Thomas

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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greg48

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#14 posted 750 days ago

P E R F E C T. We will all wait with anticipation any grandchildren that come your way. The adventure just keeps getting better.

-- Greg, No. Cal.

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horologist

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#15 posted 745 days ago

Ken,
Congratulations.
Beautiful goblets and keepsake box. I’m sure she will treasure them.
Well Done.
Cheers,
Troy

-- Troy in Melrose, Florida

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