A Good Vase Gone Bad

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Blog entry by Innovator posted 09-12-2009 04:29 PM 2269 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been turning a lot of bowls lately and my wife is finding it hard to find places for all of them in the house. She has had to resort to putting them on a rotation so each one gets some time on a table or counter in the house. So I decided to change gears a little bit. I have been working on some hollow vessels lately. Notice I said working on! So I cut up a rock maple log that I had sitting on my wood pile and I went to it. I wasn’t sure what I wanted the vase to look like but I knew it would come to me as I got started.

Here is a picture of the basic shape.

As I was hollowing out the center I heard a loud crunch! I reached over and turned the lathe off and this is what I saw:

At this point I was very upset with myself. My wife heard me yelling in my shop and came in to see what was wrong. I showed her the vase and at first she thought it was supposed to look like that. She asked me “Is that teeth”. I told her “No” and I went on to explain what had happened.

After she left the shop I started to think about her teeth comment. I was trying to come up with some way of saving this project.

Well here it is:

A goblin for Halloween! Yea, that is what it was supposed to be all along.  I may pick up some black hair at the craft store for it.

Anyway there is my good vase gone bad and back to good again!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 04:42 PM

Hey Hey it’s all blown up!

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 05:15 PM

Gerat recovery! And Holloween’s just around the corner!

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 05:21 PM

His eyes look that way because he is trying to figure out why his nose is so screwed up!

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 05:53 PM

Great finnish but next time do not hollow the final shape before you hollow,once you are done then reshape the piece to the final thickness,that is the way I do maybe I never have that to happen to me,anyway is easier that way,some times you may have to turn 2 or 3 times to arrive at the shape and thickness,if you see the last post I have the vessel flat one,have been turn today again and is nearly ready bit more on the bottom to make it ligther Ill do that tomorrow with my student(female)so she can see the results and apply to her turnings too,but great recovery from disaster you made ,well done

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 11:14 PM

Very cool. I think the hair would be a nice touch. LOL

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 11:20 PM

Too funny.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 09-13-2009 05:45 PM

love it. to funny, how about a two thumbs up.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#8 posted 09-13-2009 11:00 PM

Good one innovator. Looks a bit like humpty dumpty in a bikini. LOL

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

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