"Kaleidoscope" Juniper Carved Vessel

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Project by scott shangraw posted 05-05-2008 02:25 AM 2508 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Kaleidoscope” Juniper carved vessel-This came from an alligator juniper log. I wanted to create a vase type vessel. I use a chain saw to do most of the carving then go to a series of grinders and sanders. It is quite a lengthy process but well worth it.The last picture gives you a reference to take in the size of the peice.

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Juniper Burls are extremely hard to find and their shapes and sizes vary greatly. We like to use old growth Juniper due to it’s old growth beauty. The age of the trees range any where from 500 to over 1000 years old. This “Forest Restoration” wood are harvested from forest clean up and private land clean up to help prevent forest fires. Each bowl or vase we create is truly a one of a kind center piece. We hand carve and shape each piece using chainsaws and grinders. Then turquoise is added to the natural cracks and then the piece is sanded, with different sanding tools, to a fine grit and hand rubbed oil is applied to reach just the right sheen. Some of the piece we create have intricate wave patterns or folds carved into the piece. This technique takes some finess and control. Each creation is a one of a kind collectors piece

See other carved vessels:

“Tidal Wave”
Carved Bowls

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 02:31 AM

Scott, you are truely a master artist.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 02:39 AM

Oh wow! I love it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 02:40 AM

That is a fabulous work af art!!!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 02:49 AM

Scott, what can I really say? Just love this series of pieces.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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dennis mitchell

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 03:03 AM

Just so happens I have sent my wife to the turquoise store. I can only hope to come close to your work.

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 03:39 AM

once again, this is amazing! you are such a wonderful craftsman and artist and i love to see every single piece that you post! thanks for the post!

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 04:09 AM


This is truly a one of a kind piece. I can well imagine that it is a lengthy process in creating a work of art such as this. Very well done.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-05-2008 07:10 AM

Wow, is the only word to explain it. I can’t even see how you could create a piece like this from a tree.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 02:34 PM

I agree – WOW! can you give us an idea about how long it takes to make a piece like this? it would have taken me a lifetime or two.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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scott shangraw

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#10 posted 05-05-2008 04:29 PM

Thanks to everyone for the kind words!!!These vessells are something that I have fallen into more or less I started with small carved bowls and just started doing larger and more wavy peices.Time wise about 40-50 hours but that is with my wife helping with sanding and inlaying the turquoise so reality is probaly double that.The hard part is finding the peice of wood ,I probably should add that to the hours spent

-- Scott NM,

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Les Hastings

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#11 posted 05-09-2008 12:27 PM

Excellent again Scott!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 10-28-2008 03:16 AM

Extraordinary and unique vessels. Very impressive work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#13 posted 11-25-2009 07:01 AM

their all incredible…..............

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