Red Elm and Ebony

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Project by Bearpie posted 03-30-2014 09:14 PM 1159 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to the Woodworking Show in Tampa, Fl last week and picked up a couple blank turning pieces and this is one of them. I have not turned Spalted Red Elm before and found it a delight to turn although the odor it gives off smells like a horse stall! I learned how to make the unique finial a year ago when I took a 2 day course in making lidded vessels. It looks hard to do but is very easy and took me about an hour including sanding. The vessel is just under 3” high but with the finial it is 7 1/4” x 6” dia. This is my first lidded vessel believe it or not!

It is finished with Odie’s oil products.

As always, comments and critiques welcomed and appreciated!
Thanks for looking!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 10:31 PM

Beautiful work as always Erwin.
I went to that show too, on Saturday and really put a dent in the credit card…lol

-- Eric, central Florida

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 10:42 PM

wow, it turned out beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 10:49 PM

Great job!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#4 posted 03-31-2014 12:20 AM

That is sweet Erwin.
Love the finish and the screw on top.
.... in fact if I were to name this piece I like the sound of “Cavatappi in cima” (corkscrew on top)
I know, it loses something in the translation.


-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 02:55 AM

Very nice job Erwin, just gotta love that ebony corkscrew work on the top,

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

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 10:11 AM

It’s just so beautiful! Lovely! :)


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

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 04:47 PM

beautiful work. The spiral finial is super looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-01-2014 02:23 PM

That’s beautiful Erwin! If this is your first attempt, I can’t wait to view your next creative lidded vessel!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#9 posted 04-01-2014 04:10 PM

I remember working with elm as the nose seems to have a very good memory and elm does not smell pleasant.
But looking at your project getting used to the oder was well worth it as it is very beautiful.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 01:17 PM

Wonderful vessel! The woods are a great mix and the finial is gorgeous with the corkscrew design. Great work!

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#11 posted 04-29-2014 03:12 AM

Great Work!

-- Odysseus -- "No man is an island"

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#12 posted 07-31-2014 08:39 PM

Excellent work. Like how the spalting ties in the contrast that much more.

The Pursuit of Wicked Gorgeous Lumber, A Noble Undertaking

Village Boy~

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