Bipolar treen bottle

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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 584 days ago 1120 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another dyed maple treen bottle, two toned with Ice Blue and Emerald Green Procion MX fabric dyes.
Clear coated with Myland’s High Build Friction polish. This was from a tree that was in someone’s backyard that was taken down after a straight-line wind storm hit central Omaha. He left several huge trunk sections at the curb, and I made off with a few (with permission). It was only after splitting them out further that I discovered that they were fiddle-back figured. By the time I got back over to see if there were more left the neighbor had claimed them and split them into cordwood. I just see the top of the pile over this guy’s fence, so I got to die the death of a thousand cuts as I drove by and watched the pile dwindle and disappear over the course of the winter. Strike while the iron is hot!
This section had been drying in the garage/shop for about five years before being processed from a quarter stump section into turning squares.
Bottle is 6” high, 2.5” wide with an internal diameter of 2 by 4.25”, with a four inch usable depth with cork-ended stopper in place.

There was some interesting grain anomalies noted wherein the wood would not accept dye at all, especially noted on the end grain of the lid. Those aren’t dings or chips – just contrary grain. It’s a science experiment every time with wood. If it bugs me enough I will touch them up with permanent marker and put an oil base poly gloss coat over the whole shebang, but I’m inclined to let nature be.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 584 days ago

Douglas another wonderful piece of Treen
Your technique for finishing is incredible
It would look nice in any collection

-- 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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#2 posted 584 days ago

Very nice Douglas.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 584 days ago

this is really cool, i dont have a lathe , but i know there are ways to possibly make something like this if one was to become resourceful , you have gotten my gears turning here douglas..i really like this and the one before…very nice…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 584 days ago

Very nice Douglas love the top!...adding Brest type details makes a piece feel so much nicer…. great turning love the curbside pick up…it where the best wood for us is found, lumber is kind of boring, it is a thrill splitting and finding figure like this beautiful piece….your dyeing is really pleasing…inspiring

-- Cosmicturner

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#5 posted 584 days ago

I run into the same thing with the RIT dye that I use. seems like a quick buff with rubbing alc. and then light sanding on the trouble spots works pretty good. takes a few shots of dye and a onther pass with the sanding to cover em up real nice.

the dyes certainly bring out the grain don’t they?

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Douglas Bordner

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#6 posted 584 days ago

Von, thanks I will try that.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#7 posted 584 days ago

I don’t even know what a treen bottle is, Doug, but this sure looks like a beautiful container for a lady to store her magic massage wand in. :-)

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

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#8 posted 584 days ago

Unique turning Douglas ,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 584 days ago

A dwarf woman maybe, Charlie.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 584 days ago

Very kool Douglas. Nice color combos and really nicely turned

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#11 posted 583 days ago

Great shape Douglas

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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