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Project by Douglas Bordner posted 02-14-2013 05:29 AM 1692 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

More from the treen bottle pursuit. This one utilizes an idea lifted from the prolific box-maker, teacher and author Doug Stowe. The lift was featured in a Fine Woodworking article several years back about teaching children woodworking in a school in his hometown of Eureka Springs, AR. I remembered it just in time to pull together the first observance of the special holiday for my wife. Chocolates and such to follow tomorrow.
The pull is turned with a cone shaped divot formed in the end grain and a heart shaped ovoid at the end of the pull. After turning, the facet is formed on a belt sander and refined with hand sanding.

The vessel wood is from salvaged trunk sections found at the wood dump after a big straight-line windstorm in Omaha about five years ago, and has been stored on the top plate of the shop wall since then with the end grain sealed with paint. I am not 100% sure of the species, but I believe it to be elm. The pull is mahogany given to me some years back by Dennis Zongker and were offcuts from his awesome cabinet shop. Trying to toss up any usable wood when you turn small items is practically impossible. I guess the chaos of my shop will never be tamed until after my estate sale, which I hope is many years hence.
Finish is Mylands High-Build Friction polish, inner lumen is 2 inches in circumference, 1.5 inches deep. Vessel height is around 3 inches, lid included with another 1.25˝ added by the pull.

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

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 09:51 AM

Douglas that is another nice piece you are on a roll
It is a nice series, thanks for sharing

-- 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 02-14-2013 01:41 PM

Very nice, Doug!

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

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 01:50 PM

Douglas: A great turning and a great story to go with it.

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2013 02:09 PM

Very nice turning, and I agree with your observation Red Elm, good work Doug

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#5 posted 02-14-2013 02:59 PM

I like it very cool Douglas.

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#6 posted 02-14-2013 06:43 PM

Hi DOuglas,

Great looking project!


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#7 posted 02-14-2013 07:06 PM

Thanks all, and especial thanks to Cosmicturner for the species concurrence. I really like the way this stuff turns. Takes detail well. I have several more smallish turning blocks. I’ll have to see what develops…and I have the afternoon free and I turned the first pull as a two up piece between spindles, so there is another pull just waiting to happen. Yippee!

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2013 11:47 PM

Good one Douglas. Nice shape and proportion.

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

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#9 posted 02-17-2013 01:36 PM

Very nicely done. This will make someones V-Day special

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 02-17-2013 04:25 PM

It was warmly received. They are so fun to make and to experiment with in terms of finishing techniques. I am going to try an few things with the next one from this same log section. Has a bit of flame figure and some spalt.

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

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