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Blog entry by darryl posted 11-29-2009 06:37 AM 1477 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In taking a break from the wine bottle stoppers I’ve been making, I wanted to make something that I haven’t done yet. I’ve always been very impressed with the vessels that trifern has posted, so I thought I would start there.

Now don’t go thinking that just because it’s not a wine bottle stopper that I’ll be turning a single piece of wood. Heck no, a segmenting we will go!

This piece is 6” tall and about 3-3/4” in diameter at its widest point. I did make a conscious effort to design this piece with the golden ratio in mind. I decided to create the piece with pine just in case something went horribly wrong, I didn’t want to waste my small supply of hardwood. I’m actually a little surprised how well the pine turned.

I haven’t applied a finish to the piece yet. The current state is post sanding and I wiped it down with mineral spirits. I haven’t decided if I’m going to stain it or not… I’m thinking I might.

Being that this is my first go at a vessel I’m open to hearing all comments, good or bad.

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#1 posted 11-29-2009 06:40 AM

Very nice, If you stain it, what color you thinking?

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#2 posted 11-29-2009 06:45 AM

my first thought was to again follow trifern’s lead by staining the piece ebony, then sanding and wiping the piece down with some deep purple dye that I’ve got. But now I’m thinking I might just use an oak-ish colored stain that I have.

I can’t decide, that’s why I stopped to take a pic and post!

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#3 posted 11-29-2009 06:47 AM

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#4 posted 11-29-2009 07:59 AM

This is cool, Darryl! Must be different working with pieces that don’t require tweezers and a magnifying glasses ;^)


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

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#5 posted 11-29-2009 01:02 PM

Nice place to start.
Pine is good. My dad has been turning for years and all he uses is segmented pine.
Until recently I never new the other wood existed. I thought all the world was built with pine. LOL
Can’t wait to see some finished vessels.


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#6 posted 11-29-2009 01:56 PM

Very slick. If it were me, I wouldn’t stain it. There is so much variation in the colors and grain that it just seems to say, “Accept me as I am.” For a “learning” piece, it came out great.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 11-29-2009 02:59 PM

Darryl, this looks pretty good to me. The pine has a nice variety of color and graining that creates visual interest in its own right. This piece “turned” out well.

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

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#8 posted 11-29-2009 05:00 PM

Cool! I thought that was pine!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 11-29-2009 07:45 PM

If you stain it i would suggest something light colored.

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#10 posted 12-01-2009 05:47 AM

ok, so going with Russel’s advise, I’m using wipe-on poly and no stain …and trying to be patient and apply as many coats as are needed. finishing is where my patience usually runs out, I think I use it all up gluing all those pieces together!

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#11 posted 12-02-2009 05:26 AM

this is great!!!make sure you let Trifern know!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-02-2009 06:16 AM

Very nice for your first try.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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