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Project by BarbS posted 04-25-2013 07:09 PM 2587 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spring has been busy with yard work, but I had to make something for a swap/trade on a forum, and I was a bit chagrined to find my selected swap partner was a big-name AAW turner and contest judge I did not know. Ah-hem. So, when I chose this chunk of Silver Maple to cut into, I wasn’t sure about needing pyro work, patterning the rim, or cutting a turning into a shape, or piercing. I was very happy to find rays, curl and grain patterns that let the wood speak without any embellishment. Just mailed it; I hope he likes it, though it is nothing like the skill level he displays in every piece. At least I don’t think I shamed myself! This is one of the few, rare pieces I’ve turned that I don’t pick apart finding only the faults with afterward. It’s just as striking on the inside as the outside, and is 100% free of any traces of tool marks. I can breathe a little easier now that it’s mailed off! All comments very welcome.
Oh, almost forgot: 4-1/2” tall, and about 4-1/2” in diameter at the rim.


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Brian Havens

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#1 posted 04-25-2013 07:25 PM

Sweet. I agree, the wood is the star, and needs no decorative support. Sometimes less is more.

I especially like the shape and style of the rim, which gave me an idea: It seems that a rim like that could accept a loose fitting lid, as opposed to getting a lid to fit precisely into a hole that will change shape later anyway.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 04-25-2013 07:27 PM

Very beautiful Barb! You did a fabulous job! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#3 posted 04-25-2013 07:48 PM

Thank you, both. And Brian, I have tried your idea, and I’d suggest if you do it, put a short ‘registering’ tenon on the bottom of the lid, a straight-edged tenon only 1/32” long, to register the base of the lid inside the bottom edge of the opening. If that is missing, it’s too hard to exactly fit the slope of the lid base so it doesn’t slide around a bit, especially after finishing/waxing. It would need a much smaller top opening, too, which I didn’t do because the inside curl was so noticeable I wanted it to be readily visible.


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#4 posted 04-25-2013 07:54 PM

Yea Barb. Good job. You should be proud.
A very handsome piece indeed.

I really want to start turning. Bought a lathe. Now I need the guts.

Take care,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 04-25-2013 08:28 PM

Hey Barb. Thanks for the tip on the registering tenon on the bottom of the lid. Makes a lot of sense when I think about it.

Nice shape and grain patterns.

I am somewhat new to this forum and do not know what ” greene greene” style is ? Can someone enlighten me?

-- Mark clio,mi ..making wood talk is fun

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#6 posted 04-25-2013 10:03 PM

Mark, ‘Greene & Greene’ is actually an architectural/design style, see Wikipedia to begin with, and use the added links to different home examples: Greene & Greene


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-25-2013 10:12 PM

I think it’s great looking BarbS!
This doesn’t need anything, the beauty of the grain already speaks for itself.

Mark! Check this out!!!

-- -** 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 04-25-2013 10:28 PM

Really clean any turner regardless of skill level should be proud to display this.

The timber does all the talking that’s required and the simplicity of the design and form allow the wood speak for itself. Additional adornments piercings, excessive detail etc. would have ruined the piece IMO.

Really really nice turning there.

-- - Terry

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#9 posted 04-25-2013 11:23 PM

You’ve got it Barb, use the KISS principle with a fabulous piece of timber like this. Nice design to boot

Bet the lucky person you swap with will be very happy with the deal :: ))

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

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#10 posted 04-25-2013 11:38 PM

Absolutely gorgeous. Definitely did not need any enhancements.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#11 posted 04-26-2013 02:32 AM

Beautiful vase. You should be proud of it. No one can take that away from you.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#12 posted 04-26-2013 05:17 AM

Hi Barb … I don’t know diddly-squat about wood turning … but I do know what I like! Just as you said … the wood speaks for itself. But I think much has to be admired for the artist who can encourage the depth of grains, curls and rays to optimum opulence. Well accomplished Barb! How could your “swap-partner” not like this beautiful turning?!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#13 posted 04-26-2013 12:35 PM

That is a lovely vessel. Although the wood speaks for itself, it did need some skilled hands to give it a voice.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 04-26-2013 12:53 PM

A beautiful turning, Barb

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

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#15 posted 04-26-2013 12:55 PM

Thank you, everyone. The man very nicely wrote me early on and told me not to be intimidated by this swap, that he admired my work on the webpage, so I know he isn’t close minded about skill levels of different turners. It’s just that he’s famous for things I haven’t even attempted yet, so Thanks for the ‘boost!’


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