Pierced and Carved Vase

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Project by Bearpie posted 372 days ago 1193 views 3 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This vase was difficult to turn because it was so tall and I couldn’t get deep enough with the tools I had so the bottom 2 1/2” is solid. I also had to use my lathe steady rest to hollow out this vase. This Rosewood Vase is 16” tall, 8” D at the top tapering to 5” D at the bottom. I had hoped to pierce through all the way down to the bottom but had to settle with putting some carvings on the bottom 2 1/2” to keep the designs flowing. This is finished with a 50/50 mixture of Tung Oil and Danish Oil.

This design was drawn by a friend of mine who is a graphic designer. Thank you Michael Freeman. I’ll definitely use his service again!

Picture 1 is the finished vase. Picture 2 through 6 shows the progression of the work process. I used different sizes of forstner bits to drill out the “waste material area”. Then switched to a Foredom and Dremel tools to clean it up. The clean up took 3 D A Y S! However, I think the result was worth all the sanding!

My wife wants to find a glass blower and have a piece made to fit this vase so some beautiful flowers could rest in this!

Comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 372 days ago

You are truly an artist, Erwin. This is a very beautiful piece. I always love seeing your work because you put so much care into the details from start to finish. I think the three days were very well spent. :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 372 days ago

That is amazing – WOW! I can’t imagine the work you put into this – it’s just gorgeous.

-- Like a bad penny, I keep coming back!

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#3 posted 372 days ago

Erwin, it looks like you made a very unusual master piece here. I think you wife is right! Maybe some Blue Cobalt Glass would look nice. Great job!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 372 days ago

Wow Erwin, that is incredible AND with that base it will probably never tip over. Very creative piece of art.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 372 days ago

Wow! At first, I could not figure out how did you do this because I was thinking of your expertise on the scroll saw. Thereafter seeing the succeeding photos, more amazing actions turned out to be wonders… drilling holes then sanding with dremel… Too much patience and the outcome is really worth. Thanks for sharing.

-- Bert

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#6 posted 372 days ago

Another wow. That is a great piece, beautiful and unique. I was also wondering how you made it so your photos are a great help.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 372 days ago

Elegant design,Erwin.

-- Lidiya,Russia.

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#8 posted 372 days ago

Awesome…! It is obvious how much detailed work you put into this creation.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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Jamie Speirs

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#9 posted 372 days ago

Very nice project
The wood and cut outs compliment each other nicely


-- 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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#10 posted 372 days ago

Great work!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#11 posted 372 days ago

Another very nce job Erwin :))

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 372 days ago

I really like this vase. Your effort was well spent in this creation. Lovely!!!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#13 posted 372 days ago

Bearpie, you are now cooking with gas on all burners. Very ambitious piercing. the design at the bottom is well done, and no one will know why you didn’t hllow farther or care. Super job

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#14 posted 372 days ago

Erwin I too was thinking scroll saw when I first looked. You must have a steady hand to get the inside sides so smooth. I have tried some Dremel werk and it just doesn’t come out very straight or smooth.

Great Job.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#15 posted 372 days ago

Thanks each and every one for the nice compliments.

Yes I did consider using a scrollsaw but then I would have to work from the back of the machine looking deep inside and would have trouble seeing the lines with the blower blowing the dust back into my face. I scrapped the idea as too difficult to control. However, if they ever develop a machine with a small narrow table where you could insert the vase into the lower part of the cutting assembly, then that would be the ticket. I do believe I would have to use a spiral blade because there would be no way to rotate the work piece.

On using the dremel tool, it does help to have a steady hand but using a sharp bit does help. I find that over using a particular bit is self defeating because a dull tool tends to burn and is prone to more chatter because you tend to use more pressure to make it cut, which also is self defeating cause it causes the tool to burn out sooner. As these bits are really not that expensive, it does pay to get new ones on a important project. Also using the right kind of bit does aid greatly in removing the “waste” parts of wood.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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