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Project by trifern posted 01-29-2009 06:10 AM 1841 views 3 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have studied hundreds of photos trying to find the perfect form and shape. Although not perfect, this is my latest interpretation and attempt working towards that end. This hollow form vase is turned from end grain walnut. It measures 7.5 inches by 4.75 inches. It is finished with Waterlox.

All comments, especially critiques, are welcomed and appreciated.

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

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#1 posted 01-29-2009 06:31 AM

Hey Joe – I like this shape a lot too, very smooth and delicate, very nice piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 01-29-2009 06:32 AM

Perfect shape? No such thing. There are a lot of good shapes out there… and only a few bad ones. You’ve got a good one there. Nice work!


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#3 posted 01-29-2009 06:35 AM

That’s a beautiful shape for sure, and love the walnut.

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

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#4 posted 01-29-2009 06:38 AM

Beautiful shape and beautiful piece of walnut!

-- - Jim, Carroll, OH

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#5 posted 01-29-2009 06:40 AM

Beautiful Joe. I like the shape and the effect the end grain orientation of the piece has on the sides.

Thanks for posting with it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-29-2009 07:40 AM

trifern this is another amazing piece. you have a good eye for form and flow.i love this vase. keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#7 posted 01-29-2009 08:41 AM

Beautifully executed. I have noticed your shapes are becoming more and more refined. The lip and foot of this one is quite small and delicate. Very nice.

-- "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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#8 posted 01-29-2009 09:36 AM

That’s a gorgeous piece of Walnut , Joe , and you did it justice with the form you chose to create with it ! I love what Waterlox does for Walnut !

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

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#9 posted 01-29-2009 11:16 AM

Another very nice piece! Well done.

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#10 posted 01-29-2009 01:21 PM

Your work is great as always….........However..

The form to my eyes just doesn’t make it. Not to sure why ! I think maybe, it might be to narrow at the foot, or maybe a little too round at the top. But this is just my 2 cents worth.

Still a beautiful piece.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#11 posted 01-29-2009 03:01 PM

I just gasped when I saw that Joe. That, to me, is absolutely the most gorgeous piece of walnut I have seen in a very long time. You have made it perfect with that form. WOW!!!

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

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#12 posted 01-29-2009 03:15 PM

A beautiful creation, I love anything that’s made of Walnut.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 01-29-2009 04:05 PM

Is there such a thing as the perfect shape? It’s kind of like searching for the perfect female figure. Individual taste plays a huge part, but variety is a good thing as well.

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

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#14 posted 01-29-2009 05:42 PM

Joe, nice job with the walnut vase. End grain is not the easy to turn and I applaud those who do it well. Looks like you followed the “golden rule” to create a very nice shape. I could see this piece in a gallery selling for big bucks.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#15 posted 01-29-2009 06:01 PM

Nice! I have got to talk to the guys in the shop, here at the senior co-op where I live, and get a lathe. It might be asking too much, but the next time you turn a project could you provide some step-by-step photo’s?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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