Contemporary Pet Urns

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Project by Bob Collins posted 10-16-2012 07:27 AM 1812 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Since my last Urn, I approached the local Vet to see if there was a market for Pet Urns, his reply was “if you can make something different I will put them in the surgery on assignment”. Here are four of something different,
one had already been sold by the time I took the group photo.
They are recycled bowls I had made when I first started turning, thick and bulky and sitting in a box for a couple of years. Into the Cole’s Jaw, smoothed of the base which thinned then down nicely, reversed them in the Jaws and smoothed the rim for gluing. Good idea to give a clean up sanding now. Cut the bowl in half on the table saw and glued together, turned the top, lid and the base from English Elm Burl.
Have members any other ideas for recycling redundant projects?

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Sam Shakouri

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#1 posted 10-16-2012 08:16 AM

Now, You say you are a good businessman beside very good wood turner. !
These bowls look very nice, I like them all, but, #5 is great. people would like to pay as much as you ask, they like their animals madly. Go for it and good luck, Bob.

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

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#2 posted 10-16-2012 08:36 AM

Way to go Bob, these are fabulous & will sell like hot cakes at the village fair.
I like the style very much mate, very well done, pic # 2 is probably my favourite ::))

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

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#3 posted 10-16-2012 09:30 AM

I think you’ve hit a great idea. It would sell here as well. Beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 10-16-2012 01:37 PM

All for the love of our pets! We can just neatly keep them in the sanctuary of our homes with these pretty urns.

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#5 posted 10-16-2012 02:30 PM

G’day, Bob.
Those are really cool. You are on to something in the urn market!!

Great looking urns…..............Cheers…...................jim

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

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 05:27 PM

They are really something different in offer.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-17-2012 01:05 AM

Bob, you are so clever! That was a great idea and executed well. They are distinctive and should have a great market. Thanks for sharing…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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Bob Collins

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#8 posted 10-17-2012 01:28 AM

Thanks for the comments, only 1 left to sell but Sam the Vet is a better salesman than me he whacked 200% mark-up on my meagre price but I suppose I am only in it for the fun. Yeah as if. Am busy turning lids and finials for anything that looks like an urn like vases, vessels and of course cutting bowls in half. Cathy, more desperate than clever, I turned so many crappy bowls etc when I started a few years ago and still have them.
Put you down as a buddy, hope you don’t mind, I like the look of your great work on site.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#9 posted 10-17-2012 06:00 AM

Well done Bob.
I have recently turned to the urn idea myself as a way to try to retrieve some money from my marquetry habit.
Pet urns is another good idea. Thanks
Yours are certainly different. You should do well …. and charge the bugger more next time. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#10 posted 10-18-2012 05:07 PM

hi bob love your urns the look fantastic what a great idea to use up all those bowls that did not pass your strict standard of work that you have set for yourself
might try and make one if you donut mind i think the are out standing
i will save them on favorites
thanks for sharing
i think the Vere is taking a liberty 200 o/o is a bit too much you do all the work and he gets all the profits
sell them your self put a add in your local newspaper just my thoughts it just makes me mad when someone takes the piss

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Bob Collins

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#11 posted 10-18-2012 10:41 PM

Paul and Branch, glad I have passed on an idea for you. Feel free to copy any of my stuff. Will chase my own market in future.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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