Koa Vessel

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Just finished my latest project, a vessel made from Koa with a Southwest indian design for a feature ring. I have been wanting to try the Southwest design since attending the Segmented Wood turners symposium in Tahoe this year where it was demonstrated. I used Lamination Pro as the computer design program to design the feature ring and Wood Turner Pro to design the vessel. The vessel stands approx. 9 inches tall. The feature ring is made from Maple and Bloodwood. The spacers are holly, ebony, yellow heart and bloodwood. Top ring is Ebony and holly. Hope you like it.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#1 posted 591 days ago

John that is beautiful, very well done.

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

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#2 posted 591 days ago

amazing vessel good job

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#3 posted 591 days ago

Beautifully designed and executed.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 591 days ago

Wow. That looks like a lot of work. Really nice end result, great design.

-- You will never build it unless you try. The second one always turns out better.

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Milton Toal

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#5 posted 591 days ago

Stunning piece. Absolutely adorable. Very well done!

-- Milton Toal, Doncaster, Melbourne Australia.

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#6 posted 591 days ago

Very nice! The choice of wood/color and design are awesome!

-- Dick

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#7 posted 591 days ago

Beautiful turning John.

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#8 posted 591 days ago

Amazing bit of turning. Well done.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#9 posted 590 days ago

beautiful piece

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#10 posted 590 days ago

Excellent !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#11 posted 590 days ago

excellent craftsmanship John. love your choices of woods for color contrasts. your talent is obvious, thanks for sharing.
Also can you suggest a source where I can buy bloodwood and yellowheart????

-- phil, nevada

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#12 posted 590 days ago

Phillip, almost any woodcraft or Rockler store will have Bloodwood or Yellowheart – but if you are not close by to them, then your only hope is to purchase it on the internet.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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#13 posted 590 days ago

John, that is one gorgeous vessel!!!!!!!!!!...........Jim

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

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#14 posted 590 days ago

Very well done John. design and colour choice really bring it out. First time I hear of Koa , is it hard, soft, easy to find, what is natural colour ?? keep smiling John

-- retired and smiling

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#15 posted 590 days ago

John, Koa is found in Hawaii. It is semi-precious since Koa tree’s can not be cut down. Only when one falls by natural means or has to be cut due to damage will it be cut down. Somewhat hard to find – mostly you have to order it on internet unless you live in Hawaii. I get mine on Ebay. It’s about the same hardness as walnut – and yes very easy to turn. Colors are fantastic as you have seen. I love to work it.

-- John, Brentwood, CA

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