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Marblewood Hollow Form with Myrtlewood Finial

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-18-2019 06:45 AM 614 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I did a little boning up on Marblewood, never having used it before.

It was a, roughly, 4” x 4” x 2” blank I picked up at Rockler, a couple days ago. It didn’t look like this, at the time. From the jump, I was after a four-cornered turning. That’s right. A “Fourcorn.” At first, a bowl, then, not. Too much beautiful figure to go blowing the sides all out like that. So I decided to leave the top intact, make a small opening in it, hollow it out and, call it a “Hollow Form.”

Though I wish I could boast otherwise, the finial was an afterthought. That is, after I’d settled on the small opening, rather that a bowl. I had no definite image in mind for the shape of the finial. I just went excavating, and this is what I found. The fit to the opening was done in-the-blind. I mounted the stick of Myrtle between centers, roughed it round, created a chuck plinth on one end, mounted in the 2” jaws, measured the opening in the Form, and carefully whittled away at a tenon til my digital caliper said it would fit – 1-3/8”. And, fit it does, very nicely, if I may say so, myownbadself. Not, mind you, a “pop” fit, but, a very nice, comfortable fit, like a broken-in shoe. You’ll notice that, as in some of my goblet stems, the pith in the stick made it iffy. And, again, I managed to succeed at not breaking it.

This is the first piece I’ve burned my name into (just visible, in photo 6, if you squint hard enough), in quite some time. I like it that much.

I think I did real well with the corners. I developed a nice little ogee, though, what I had in mind was something more like a little lamb’s tongue, like you see in the legs of fine furniture. I couldn’t wrap my head around how to achieve that doubled-back effect in a turning, though, so, o gee wiz. (Just now, in the proofreading, whilst looking at the photo, I figured it out. Stay tuned. Maybe, next time.)

The finish is my new BFFs, Yorkshire Grit and Hampshire Sheen.
Size: 4” x 4” x 2”; Finial: 3-3/4”.

If anyone’s thinking of telling me it looks like an ashtray, please know that someone already did that this evening, and, it hurt my feelings.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

If you can’t make both ends meet….
make one end vegetables

-- Mark





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majuvla

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#1 posted 01-18-2019 06:55 AM

Incredibly beautiful shape

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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lew

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#2 posted 01-18-2019 02:57 PM

Beautiful wood, Mark, and an awesome turning! Glad you had the finial “afterthought”. I think it really completes the piece.

Maybe you have shown it before but, what hollowing tools do you use? Hollowing is something I’d like to attempt but just haven’t had the courage.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 01-18-2019 03:19 PM

Beautiful work with beautiful wood. Nicely done Mark.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-18-2019 04:39 PM

Beautiful, What else is there to say, you really out did your self. Edging to hollow turning eh, Just putting finish on a big hollow turning.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 01-18-2019 05:03 PM

Very nice, Mark!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 01-18-2019 09:20 PM

Hi Mark,

I Really Really like the hollow form – whatever you want to call it – fourcorn, quatrecorn, tetracorn (I can make up words also.) The wood is beautiful, the shape is elegant, the finish is great.

I also really like the finial – great shape, the proportions work well with the hollow form, the wood is beautiful and the finish is great.

I’m truly glad that you are pleased enough to sign this piece. The Mojo is Back! The Muse is IN the house!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 01-18-2019 09:24 PM

Thank you.
Lew: It’s a Sorby swan-neck, Way too big for a little thing like this, in point of fact. There’s space inside there, and an undercut, but, it’s not a large space. You could fit, perhaps, a couple of your belly button rings in there, or a couple shots of dice,but not much else. I am at Rockler, even as we speak. I’m leaving now, having fought off the urge to buy a smaller one.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 01-18-2019 11:27 PM

wow!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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lew

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#9 posted 01-19-2019 12:11 AM


Thank you.
Lew: It’s a Sorby swan-neck, Way too big for a little thing like this, in point of fact. There’s space inside there, and an undercut, but, it’s not a large space. You could fit, perhaps, a couple of your belly button rings in there, or a couple shots of dice,but not much else. I am at Rockler, even as we speak. I’m leaving now, having fought off the urge to buy a smaller one.

- Mark Wilson

Thanks!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 01-19-2019 12:49 AM

Nice work Mark!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 01-19-2019 03:09 AM

Great work mate, and WOW!!!!! that is some beautiful wood.
Love it.

Bob

-- 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. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#12 posted 01-19-2019 06:10 AM

Very unique Mark.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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