Nasty Vase

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Project by scrappy posted 12-19-2013 01:54 AM 876 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece of wood given to me by a friend at work. It was fire wood. I kind of think it should have stayed fire wood. hahaha

Most of you know, I work with some UGLY wood. I like a challenge and the character that comes from holey knotty wormy wood.

This is the driest, most cracked, rottenest, wormiest piece of wood I have ever had the challenge to turn.

And boy what a challenge!

During the turning, had to stop 5 separate times to glue chunks of this back onto the blank! It just kept blowing off. haha Don’t know why I didn’t give up, just stubborn I guess.

All finished and ready to give back to my friend. Now I am very glad I got it turned.

Sure they will be happy with the outcome.

It is made from “red core”? Never heard of it. Comes from California. 2 1/4 diam X 4 1/2 tall. Did NOT hollow it. (only the top 1 inch. for looks.) Wanted to keep that great cave look to the big cavity in the side. Finished with spray lacquer.

Please leave all comments and suggestions. Thanks for looking.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#1 posted 12-19-2013 02:00 AM

I do love the ugly wood turnings. Gotta be happy with that, looks awesome!

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 12-19-2013 03:35 AM

Wow, that was a challenge to turn, Dan. I see what you mean. i do believe if you’d have hollowed it, you would have had just a pile of small pieces to post. Good decision!!

Merry Christmas, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-19-2013 03:36 AM

Great job, but man that was one bad piece of wood. It looks awesome though.

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#4 posted 12-19-2013 04:16 AM

you always manager to create a ‘Silk Purse out of a Sow’s Eare”
Love it.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#5 posted 12-19-2013 09:58 AM

You need to display that on a slow moving turntable.
Nice work Scrappy

-- Vince

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#6 posted 12-19-2013 10:36 AM

Great job, love the wood it has so much character.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 12-19-2013 12:38 PM

Great looking vase, beautiful colour in the wood. A challenge it may have been but you beat it and did an awesome job…thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#8 posted 12-19-2013 03:34 PM

Great piece alot of character.Put lip stick on a pig really works.Now she’s a show stopper,

-- dean2336,nebr.

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#9 posted 12-20-2013 05:05 AM

Thanks for all the great comments everyone.
Delivered this today and it was well received. They love all the character this piece has. So do I.



-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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Ronald G Campbell

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#10 posted 12-20-2013 01:44 PM

Very well done. I know it is so difficult to turn a piece with a large negative space in it. These are the pieces that draw the most attention. I love these kind of turnings

-- Ron Campbell

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#11 posted 12-21-2013 01:04 AM

Way to go Scrappy. You lived up to your name here.

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

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