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Project by Ronald G Campbell posted 194 days ago 569 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Box elder root burl. Bleached, dyed, outside. Bleached, dyed, painted inside. Yes there will be a large number of negative comments on this one LOL
From the shop in the desert. Forgot to bring my photo backdrop so pardon my photos

-- Ron Campbell

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#1 posted 194 days ago

I do like this one Ron because it is different and the Elder burl looks good. This is what working with wood is all about, weather it be turned objects vases, bowls, hollow forms, furniture or boxes. Experimenting pushing known boundaries creates unusual and exciting things, so I say keep pushing Ron. thanks for sharing.

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

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#2 posted 194 days ago

This is beautiful Ron. I don’t know why you’d think it’d get negative comments. Did it start out solid? If so how did you hollow it? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Ronald G Campbell

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#3 posted 194 days ago

Yes this was a solid piece of scrap wood and was cut at this angle when I started. It is similar in shape as to the one done by Richard Kennedy in this months magazine article. I id hollow this with only my bowl gouge as it is a small piece. A
Aussie Dave. In many cases when you dye and or paint a piece of burl people in the turning world don’t think highly of the piece. Have not yet put this on some of the other sites but soon will and keep you posted as to the response. Thanks Dave for the looks and the comments

-- Ron Campbell

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#4 posted 194 days ago

Ron, That is absolutely spectacular. Some people are really strange hey, just because it is not a natural finish, it’s no good. WELL, I don’t agree with them, Art is Art and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Super job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better.

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Bob Collins

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#5 posted 194 days ago

What a crappy piece of work by your standards Ron, Joking I really like it, another example of you experimenting with bleach and dyes. Thought I would throw that negative bit in as requested. Keep up the great work from the desert.

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Glen Peterson

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#6 posted 194 days ago

I really like the form. Interesting colorization too. I’ve turned native New England box elder and it has characteristically natural reddish colors with the very light wood. I see you’re turning in the desert. Is the box elder local or from MI?
Love the experimentation.

-- Glen

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Ronald G Campbell

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#7 posted 194 days ago

Glen the wood is from Mi. It was harvested 40 years ago and has been in storage since it was dug. It is cream in color but in this case I bleached it a couple of time. I am here in the desert for a couple of months and brought some wood with me. I am also trading a good piece of this box elder for some other wood here in Tucson. That trade take part tomorrow.

-- Ron Campbell

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#8 posted 194 days ago

No negativity here Ron. There are no rules except the ones some folks have in their head. This is a wonderful turning that would nicely adorn someones home (or art museum).

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 194 days ago

That’s krazy-kool in a good way.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#10 posted 193 days ago

I really like the dies and other methods of dressing up a turning, and can appreciate the time involved in getting it just right. There are always going to be people who do not like a particular method, but beautiful isn’t universal. It is particular to the individual. I do not create things in the hopes of pleasing others, I create things that I think are going to be beautiful, regardless of the status quo. I think this piece is beautiful.

-- Putting the "mental" in experimental since 1973

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Ronald G Campbell

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#11 posted 193 days ago

Hey you all thanks for the comments. I will continue to turn what I want and there is always someone out there that will like the piece. Or I guess I can heat the house with it. LOL

-- Ron Campbell

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 192 days ago

Very interesting piece, Ron!!

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

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Bret Glaze

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#13 posted 191 days ago

Great looking piece Ron, really like the effect the dye has with the burl eyes at the bottom. Way cool…......

-- Bret - Maverick Wood Studio

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#14 posted 190 days ago

Stunning piece, like the interesting shape, grains and figures and the colors are really attractive. Excellent work!

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