"Tidal Wave" Juniper Carved Vessel

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Project by scott shangraw posted 05-05-2008 02:41 AM 3376 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Tidal Wave” juniper carved vessel-Here is another carved vessel .This was a huge alligator juniper burl . Which is a very rare and unusual find. The champagne glass gives a perspective of the size of this piece. The burling is throughout the entire piece, making it quite incredible. Turquoise was inlayed into the natural cracks. This piece started out to be round, but a large rock encampassed one area and left a void when removed. That gave the piece the look of a large wave and giving rise to the name “Tidal Wave”. A chainsaw was initially used to remove most of the wood and then grinders used to shape the piece. This piece is also “Forest Reclaimed” wood from our forests in Ruidoso NM. “Forest Reclaimed” wood comes from forest cleanup either in the national forest or private land. Forest cleanup is very important in our area, due to the high fire danger that exists here. Most of the wood is used for firewood, animal bedding or is mulched up and left on the forest floor. Some gets lumbered and others are used by individuals like ourselves that turn the wood into beautiful works of art.

See other carved vessels by us:

“Divided” Juniper carved vessel
“Kaleidoscope” Juniper carved vessel
Carved Bowls

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 05-05-2008 02:45 AM

This one is fantastic as well. How are they finished, Scott?

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

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#2 posted 05-05-2008 02:48 AM

This is SWEET!

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#3 posted 05-05-2008 02:50 AM

Charlie- I use a tung oil,linseed oil,poly mixture (equal parts each) haven’t tried buffing with wax yet , think I will try that as soon as I get a buffing wheel and all the compounds

-- Scott NM,

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#4 posted 05-05-2008 02:55 AM

That is one cool bucket you’ve got there. :-)

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 05-05-2008 03:08 AM

that is so nice. congrats

-- The CNC machine can either produce the work of art you imagined, or very decorative firewood.

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#6 posted 05-05-2008 03:14 AM

Great stuff!

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#7 posted 05-05-2008 03:22 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Your work is very inspiring.

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

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#8 posted 05-05-2008 03:32 AM

totally amazing work.

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#9 posted 05-05-2008 03:44 AM

FANTASTIC! your work will never stop amazing me!

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#10 posted 05-05-2008 04:16 AM

This is another beauty. Work like this is truly inspiring. As a non-artisan I really appreciate seeing this gifted ability expressed. You are both a craftsman and an artist.

Again, well done!!

Out of curiosity are you able to use any of the offcuts for other projects? I am just guessing that you had to remove a lot of material to get to the final result.

It might be even more dramatic, the next time you post one of these, to post a picture of the original burl along with the finished piece. Just a thought.

Thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 05-05-2008 05:58 AM


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#12 posted 05-05-2008 04:21 PM

Thanks all!!
Scott Bryan-I do get a little bit out of the core not to big though maybe good enough for pens,I usually use a chunk for a card holder that describes the vessel and process that I sell with the it..Good idea on the original burl picture I want to do that and some pictures of chainsawing and grinding the same burl.I’m thinking I can give these to the customer that purchases the peice that migh help add “value” to the vessel.

-- Scott NM,

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#13 posted 05-05-2008 05:07 PM

I assume this is carved? fantastic work! I can see Icould spend the whole day on your website! Gotta wish I’d found LJ 5 yrs ago :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#14 posted 05-05-2008 06:50 PM


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#15 posted 05-06-2008 04:02 AM

Yes I did carve this.All my bowls and vessels are carved.I use a chainsaw to do most of it then grinders and sanders.When I get a chance I will try and blog the process.Thank again for the comments

-- Scott NM,

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