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Project by trifern posted 01-01-2009 07:03 AM 1923 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at airbrushing a turned piece. The hollow form vase was turned from end grain Tree of Heaven wood. It measures 3.25” wide by 6.25” tall. I dyed it with an overall yellow aniline dye, airbrushed red and blue aniline dyes, sprayed 5 coats of lacquer, rubbed in black tinted wax and finished with Briwax. Although this piece is far from being perfect, I see great potential with the airbrush. Who knows, some day I may combine all my experiments into one piece and have something. What, I’m not sure, but something.

All comments are welcome and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 01-01-2009 07:45 AM

I’ve been thinking about incorporating an airbrush into my work myself. any tips on airbrushes ?

this one came out very nice

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 01-01-2009 08:12 AM

Very nice, the color blends are beautiful. another very good piece.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#3 posted 01-01-2009 08:19 AM

Looks beautiful, like its on fire. Very cool Joe. I’d be interested in how to air brush also. Man you have a lot of different skills, no wonder you am so dang good. Oh shucks that’s right shouldn’t be flattering, mmm….. let’s see. Nope can’t see anything wrong. Wish I could do that good. LOL. Thats it you’re too damn good. Stop it.

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

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#4 posted 01-01-2009 08:25 AM

just wondering, what’s your day job? If it’s not this (which i don’t think it is, you seem like a well rounded logical fellow, and as we know anyone trying to go into this as a business especially these days has gotta be crazy =)) I’m surprised by how quickly you get through these, especially with all the different layers you’re doing….your turnings are as professional as they come, they sing to my eyes every time i take a quick glance at the new projects…its a real inspiration cuz every piece just keeps getting better and better!

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#5 posted 01-01-2009 08:36 AM

Looks like lava, a lava vase. Very nice. I like the color combinations and the subtle blending.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 01-01-2009 08:46 AM

Thats great Joe, I think the color is beautiful, and your start with the air brush is on a good note. I wonder what your using for an airbrush? I have an Iwata brand that will produce down to a human hair and up to 1/2 inch wide. But for this type of work a Pasche VL would be better, both are dual action airbrushes. I notice your getting a lot of questions in the other comments about it. I want to send you a picture of a ceramic vase I have, I think it would give you some ideas to try that you’ll like. Talk with you soon, great job!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#7 posted 01-01-2009 08:47 AM

Dan, I ended up purchasing the Paasche VL. It is a fairly basic set complete with 3 needles and tips, color cup, 2 color jars, a holder, and the air hose. Iwata make some great airbrushes too. I picked mine up from Dick Blick while visiting family last weekend.

Chris, my day job is sales and marketing for a marketing innovations and printing company. Turning and finishing just seam to come quickly and naturally to me. This piece took about 3-4 hours from start to finish.

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

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#8 posted 01-01-2009 01:07 PM

Once again a very impressive turning.

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#9 posted 01-01-2009 03:48 PM

Joe, this is another gorgeous piece. I remain amazed at your level of expertise and the different styles that you are able to accomplish given the relatively short time that you have been turning.

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

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#10 posted 01-01-2009 04:06 PM

Very, very cool Joe! Another whole new dimension. Simply beautiful. Like Scott, I continue to be amazed at how quickly your turning has developed. You have a real gift.

Thanks for posting this piece.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#11 posted 01-01-2009 05:50 PM

Very nice, like burnished leather. :)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#12 posted 01-01-2009 06:40 PM

Very nice, and elegant. Turning is the only forte of woodworking that I have never delved into. One of these years I will break down and purchase a lathe to try it out. Beautiful stuff.

-- 3rd generation craftsman ~

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#13 posted 01-01-2009 06:58 PM

What can I say that hasn’t been said? Except, I would have named it “Sunrise”.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#14 posted 01-02-2009 01:25 AM

cherry sunburst is what it looks like to me !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#15 posted 01-02-2009 04:01 AM

Very interesting finish Joe, Great shape.

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

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