A budding romance

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Project by Ellen posted 03-26-2006 01:53 PM 6572 views 13 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every year I donate a piece to a heart auction. This year, instead of a box or lamp, I created this bud vase. It is made of maple. It is 18×6 x 9 inches. The base is bubinga. This was carved with an angle grinder. Then refined with scrapers and finally sanded to 2000 grit and finished with tung oil. I have never done a piece like this and would appreciate any feedback on it.

-- Ellen --

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#1 posted 06-05-2006 07:55 AM

Very creative and intricate!

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#2 posted 02-11-2007 09:45 PM

Nice Work Ellen.

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#3 posted 02-11-2007 10:18 PM

Very nice Ellen. Looks like another one of those projects that has been around for a while but with few comments.

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

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#4 posted 02-11-2007 10:31 PM

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Very classy.

was it inspired by a font, or ornament set – perhaps subconsciously?

Love the lines and dimension.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 02-11-2007 10:54 PM

Wow, that’s incredible! My very first thought was “..How do you do that!...” I always admire people with such artistic talent and vision. _VERY _nicely done!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#6 posted 02-11-2007 11:42 PM

Ellen – thanks – this is a lovely piece.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 02-12-2007 12:45 AM

Beautiful Ellen, It’s about time we gave you some recognition.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 02-12-2007 01:01 AM

I was thinking that too: how do you do that??? And then you answered it – grinder, scraper, sandpaper… now, doesn’t that SOUND simple!
beautiful design and beautifully created.
my hat is off to you!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 08-28-2007 03:21 PM

I know this was posted a long time ago, but I am seeing it for the first time. All I can saw is WOW!!! That is beautiful.

-- Mike, Charlotte, NC

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#10 posted 08-28-2007 05:09 PM

Some folks really have a gift!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 10-29-2007 03:45 AM

Very impressive! You are quite an artist. You should be very proud of this.

-- Bob B - Warwick, Rhode Island

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#12 posted 10-29-2007 04:58 PM

Astoundingly beautiful.

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

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#13 posted 10-29-2007 05:44 PM

Thanks so much for the feedback! I am trying my hand at limestone and wood. As soon as this one is complete, of course, I will ask for feedback.

-- Ellen --

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#14 posted 10-29-2007 08:45 PM

It really is quite a work of art.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#15 posted 09-27-2008 12:48 AM

Ellen, this is a fabulous piece in both design and execution. Brava!

-- Bob

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