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Project by trifern posted 2224 days ago 1001 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started turning this piece of ash several times while my tool rest was broken. I just couldn’t seam to wait a few days for the replacement parts. The parts are in and I’m back turning. This ash has several worm holes in it. I like the contrast of heartwood and sapwood. I tried a little two step on the foot. It measures 3” tall by 8.5” wide. It has a coat of Seal-A-Cell and then a couple coats of wipe-on poly.

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#1 posted 2224 days ago

Those colors work well together. A great piece.

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#2 posted 2224 days ago

Another great piece Joe! The color contrast adds a lot of character. Nice style too! I was kind of wondering do you plan your style, shape, size ahead of time…or do you just start see what turns out (pun intended)?

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 2224 days ago

Certainly a great piece of Ash ! Also the two step foot is a nice detail : )

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-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#5 posted 2224 days ago

Martin, I usually look at the blank for clues; grain pattern, size, voids, color… I then form a plan in my head and start turning. The key is to go with the flow and allow the piece to take it’s own form. Too much forcing a design usually doesn’t turn out very well for me. I try to utilize a design that highlights the woods greatest features.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#6 posted 2223 days ago

Very nice, I like the contrast of the heart and sapwood.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#7 posted 2223 days ago

Great contrast Joe, nice job.

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#8 posted 2223 days ago

As always Joe, your the man.

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#9 posted 2223 days ago

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 2220 days ago

the contrast in the heartwood and sapwood is great.
the shape of the bowl is fantastic. really nice turning.

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