Red Elm and Ebony

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Project by Bearpie posted 115 days ago 646 views 0 times favorited 11 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 115 days ago

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

-- Having fun...Eric

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#2 posted 115 days ago

wow, it turned out beautiful, great work

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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#3 posted 115 days ago

Great job!

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#4 posted 115 days ago

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 fiberglass trees.

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#5 posted 115 days ago

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 114 days ago

It’s just so beautiful! Lovely! :)


-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 114 days ago

beautiful work. The spiral finial is super looking.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 113 days ago

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 113 days ago

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 107 days ago

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 86 days ago

Great Work!

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

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