Happy Birthday - Name That Turn

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Blog entry by trifern posted 02-26-2009 06:01 AM 4291 reads 1 time favorited 114 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In honor of Lumberjocks 3rd birthday, and my 1st anniversary of turning, I am giving away this hollow form vase.

I turned my first bowl March 4, 2008. I have posted most of my turnings over the last year. Lumberjocks has been a great resource and inspiration to me. The kind words (even when I did not deserve them) and the insightful critiques (I deserve more critique) has allowed me to grow as an artist, a woodworker, and a person. For that I say “Thank You!”

I have always named all my pieces. The names have been chosen for a variety of reasons. I often get asked for the meaning and/or the source of the names. Some have deep meanings, some are practical, and some are just for fun.

I will donate this hollow form to the Lumberjock who comes up with the best name. The name, and reason for the name, must be posted on this blog. The naming contest will end at 10 pm CST on March 4, 2009. I will choose the winner and make the announcement on March 5, 2009. The winner will be required to provide me a name and shipping address via personal message.

Be creative and have fun!

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

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#1 posted 02-26-2009 06:11 AM

The LJ Special. A unique expression to honor the best woodworking site on the World Wide Web.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 02-26-2009 06:34 AM

Well, thanks for the chance to win one of your works. The first thing that came to mind when I saw this was “Tornado”. Well that’s mine. The reason?, seems obvious to me, it looks swirly, plus it’s going to create quite a storm I think. .

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 02-26-2009 06:35 AM

I’ll call her Trifecta ...It’s are 3rd. year anniversary, the site is a winner, the place is and we show are best wares…Blkcherry

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#4 posted 02-26-2009 07:07 AM

Radiance! There is alot of figure that leads the eye upward along with the grain pattern. Another really nice piece Joe! Thanks for posting.

-- Rick

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#5 posted 02-26-2009 07:17 AM

Goldeneye is my thought. You’ve certainly come a long way, Joe.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#6 posted 02-26-2009 07:42 AM

“Eye of the Hurricane” is the name I would pick. It relates to the whirlwind growth of our community here at lumberjocks and the sometimes tumultuous topics that gets discussed in some of the forums.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 02-26-2009 08:17 AM

down from heaven. it relates how since the growth of the internet many excellent sites have just appeared, such as LUMBERJOCKS!as if they fell from the heavens. also, in the top picture of your hollow-form the grain makes it look like you are at the top of a winding staircase.

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#8 posted 02-26-2009 08:34 AM

How about “Globo”? It’s spanish for balloon, and I can’t help but think of a hot air ballon when I see this one. The quality of your work is even more amazing when reminded of how recently you started down this road to addiction.

-- I may not know a lot, but at least I know that I don't know.?.?. I think.

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#9 posted 02-26-2009 09:23 AM

Sweet Cherry Pie : ) Truly a reason to celebrate two birthdays / anniversaries . You must be very proud to have come so far in a years’ time , Joe : ) Congratulations and thank you for being so generous to our community ! Happy birthday / anniversary !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#10 posted 02-26-2009 09:31 AM

Very Nice
The first thing that came to my mind was “Aladdin” Thinking back to the old movies you may remember old stone vases in the corridors, This piece resembles that in a smaller form.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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#11 posted 02-26-2009 09:31 AM

I call it “Poporo”
Poporo is a device used for indigenous cultures in present and pre-Columbian South America for storage of small amounts of lime (mineral), used while chewing coca leaves. Since the chewing of coca is sacred for the indigenous people, the poporos are also attributed with mystical powers and social status.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#12 posted 02-26-2009 12:39 PM

“GLOBAL” Repesenting all the Lumber jocks thru out the world.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 02-26-2009 12:49 PM

“Proud” The shape immediately reminded me of the cartoons of my youth when a character did something memorable or honorable, their chest would swell with pride. And looking at your work, Joe, you have every reason to be proud and let your chest swell.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#14 posted 02-26-2009 01:54 PM

“Journey”. The Void, the darkness beyond the Universe holds the potential of all that can be. As we walk our paths we journey upwards and outwards, seeking, discovering, and unfolding our potential. The lines in this piece represent this journey, leading towards the black Void, the opening at the top of the vase.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#15 posted 02-26-2009 02:10 PM

You’ve been an “inspiration” to me Joe and amazing at the growth I’ve seen in you. To name one of your bowls is definately a privilege. I’d have to name it “inspiration”. You are going places friend.

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

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