Maple Hollow Form

  • Advertise with us
Project by Glen Peterson posted 12-25-2013 12:44 AM 957 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was an interesting project. I’ve loved hollow forms since taking David Ellsworth’s workshop several years ago. I began turning this odd lump of wood a few years ago, when it was somewhat green. I couldn’t figure out what to do with it so I put it aside until I found the right inspiration. The section of maple log contained big voids, rot, butling, insect trails, spalting, a variety of colors, and lots of cracks. Several weeks ago (Nov 2013). I threw it on the lathe. After years in the barn it has dried and substantially changed shape. I started shaping the exterior and soon became nervous that the wood was too unstable to hollow without it coming apart. There is a large fissure that goes more than half way around the form and from the bottom almost to the top. You can see it in the photos. I’ve never used butterfly keys in a round turned form, but thought they were the only way to hold the piece together. It has 3 bubinga keys that are about 1.25” long. It was a fun challenge to carve straight tenons for the butterflies in 3 very different curved surfaces in some unstable wood. The keys were about 1/2” thick at first. The project also required lots of CA glue, as bits broke off during turning, and just a few prayers. I’m glad I have CA deactivator since I glued fingers together more than once. The final form is about 6” high and 8” in diameter. The mouth is about 2.5” in diameter, and was part of a void. The vessel’s thickness is about 3/16” throughout. It has 2 coats of Waterlox that I wiped off before it had time to dry, and later rubbed gently with 0000 steel wool. I really like the shape, but the color and character of the wood wasn’t really apparent until the finish was applied. I thought about adding wax or buffing, but I think I like the matte finish. Any critiques welcome.

P.S. I’m adding dates to projects. I realized I couldn’t remember the years I made some of the earlier project posted here.

-- Glen

13 comments so far

View Deycart's profile


444 posts in 1296 days

#1 posted 12-25-2013 12:58 AM

That is a very sweet turning. I am not a super interested in turning, but man that thing looks great.

View gwolfe1977's profile


228 posts in 849 days

#2 posted 12-25-2013 01:21 AM

It turned out great. The rot and major voids really give it character. Nice job!

-- Gary,Nebraska

View HuckD's profile


248 posts in 753 days

#3 posted 12-25-2013 02:07 AM

You’re a brave man. I would have never had the confidence to attempt that. Good job…beautiful results.

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

View MW_Woodworking's profile


37 posts in 729 days

#4 posted 12-25-2013 03:07 AM

That is really cool, so interesting, great job.

-- Matt ~ "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything.” - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898), author

View bobasaurus's profile


1939 posts in 2223 days

#5 posted 12-25-2013 04:41 AM

That’s really interesting with the butterflies. Never seen that before on a round object. Nice job… you’re brave to turn such a sketchy-looking piece of wood on the lathe, but the result was worth it.

-- Allen, Colorado

View Vince's profile


1039 posts in 2468 days

#6 posted 12-25-2013 06:44 AM

That is beautiful

-- Vince

View deon's profile


2367 posts in 2064 days

#7 posted 12-25-2013 08:50 AM

lLooks very interesting, the butterflies add a nice touch

-- Dreaming patterns

View michelletwo's profile


2443 posts in 2054 days

#8 posted 12-25-2013 11:37 AM

you are much braver than I. A dangerous turning to make. Congrats. Getting those keys in was challenging. Great job

View Ronald G Campbell 's profile

Ronald G Campbell

729 posts in 1043 days

#9 posted 12-25-2013 02:12 PM

Very well done a very difficult piece.

-- Ron Campbell

View PaintByLumbers's profile


29 posts in 754 days

#10 posted 12-25-2013 07:52 PM

Nice work!

-- Sven Gasser

View ghost5's profile


302 posts in 970 days

#11 posted 12-25-2013 10:23 PM

Very nice piece

-- Tommy,

View mafe's profile


10515 posts in 2128 days

#12 posted 12-26-2013 08:36 PM

Wauu what a turning, that must have kept you on the toes.
Happy new year,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

View Bret Glaze's profile

Bret Glaze

27 posts in 652 days

#13 posted 01-01-2014 12:53 AM

This piece is especially inspiring to me. Absolutely stunning.

-- Bret - Maverick Wood Studio

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics