Sneak Peak

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Blog entry by trifern posted 01-01-2009 12:40 AM 2993 reads 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a preview of a hollow form using some spectacular blistered maple. I still need to apply the finish, cut it off the lathe and finish the bottom. I have had some requests for a tutorial blog on how to do a hollow form. I will try and do that with my next piece. I had every intention of doing a step-by-step photo tutorial with this project. However, once I started, I sort of forgot to document a lot of the steps.


-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 12:50 AM

That is gorgeous. I love the grain and color of this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 12:55 AM

That is great. I am really looking forward to a tutorial. I just got my hollowing tools today.

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 01:12 AM

Very cool! I like your step pictures.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 01:25 AM

This is great, beautiful wood, thanks for showing us, your doing a great job.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 01:28 AM

Trifern is a lathe god!

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 01:31 AM

My gosh, you do fantastic work. Thanks for the inspiration!

A blog and some hints would be great.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 01:34 AM

THAT is some wild wood. It will be interesting to watch how you do this.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 01:37 AM

Beautiful wood. I’ll be watching as well, I’m really interested to see how you turn out such great work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 02:22 AM

Great job Joe. I have turning envy.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 01-01-2009 02:47 AM

Great pice of ART!

-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.

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#11 posted 01-01-2009 04:15 AM

I have always admired your work and look forward to this tutorial. I would ask you include how you go about picking your pieces and how you prepare it for turning, what do you look for specifically. How long you dry it, do you wax coat it? Any techniques to limit splitting and cracking? Secrets to a stong chuck hold.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#12 posted 01-01-2009 04:20 AM

Oh yeah, name for this piece, SNEAK PEAK

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 01-01-2009 04:53 AM

Nice Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#14 posted 01-01-2009 05:54 AM

Wow, what a gorgeous piece of maple!! Is is green, or blue on the mineral streak? This vase is going to finish out awesome!! Can’t wait to see it!!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 01-01-2009 06:35 AM

Good work on the form. I would tuck the foot in under the vessel a little bit more to give it some “lift”. Flat bottomed pots tend to look “heavy” when sitting on a flat surface. The tuck would give you a shadow line at the foot and visually lighten the vessel. (I’m friends with a guy who used to make vessels with flat bottoms who eventually took this advice, and his pots now sell for $1000…)

If you have any more of the wood, you might want to hollow a flatter vessel through the bark side to really show off the blister. By doing that, you’d have “puddles” on the top and bottom of the vessel. You’d probably get two flatter, smaller forms out of the log you showed. Don’t be afraid to sacrifice wood for form or composition…

-- Steven

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