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Project by trifern posted 02-03-2009 04:55 AM 2650 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just playing around with aniline dyes and tried to capture a Southwest sunset. The results didn’t match my intentions. However, you never know until you try something. This hollow form was turned from end grain, fiddle back ash. It measures 6.75 inches by 3.5 inches. It is finished with aniline dyes, spray lacquer, and black tinted Briwax.

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 02-03-2009 05:03 AM

Pure art for arts sake. Gorgeous. Truly amazing.

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

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#2 posted 02-03-2009 05:20 AM

Looks great Joe. another good turn

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

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#3 posted 02-03-2009 05:23 AM

Really nice job. Captured an Albuquerque sunset to a tee! I know I live there and love every sunset every day! Keep up the creative work, it’s a real inspiration to see.

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#4 posted 02-03-2009 05:24 AM

I think you did a great job of capturing a sunset.

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

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#5 posted 02-03-2009 05:48 AM

Really cool Joe, love to see that your trying new things with the airbrush work, and being succesfull with it. You did a great job on this.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 02-03-2009 05:50 AM

very cool I really like this one

Job Well Done Joe

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#7 posted 02-03-2009 06:01 AM

Kinda reminds me of a tee-shirt I tie-dyed in the 60’s. ;-)

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

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#8 posted 02-03-2009 06:45 AM

must we suffer this excellence over and over and over…YES! and I shall enjoy suffering while looking at your remarkable creations.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#9 posted 02-03-2009 07:40 AM

Yes, I agree, it’s very 60’s. Hey Charlie, you’re really showing your age! Ooops, I guess I am too.

It’s appropriately named. I think you may want to try blending the edges a bit, just to look more like a watercolor. I haven’t played much with dyes, but I do know they absorb into the raw wood quickly, so it’s quite tricky. I like the boldness of the colors, not to mention the fantastic shape of the turning. You make it look so easy.

You manage to turn these out with ease and speed. Do you have a day job? Do you sleep? }:)~

Keep up the great work!

-- "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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#10 posted 02-03-2009 08:32 AM

Interesting use of the colors. I like this shape better than the Sherlock.
Do you use a sealer to control bleeding of the dye?

-- Les B, Oregon

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#11 posted 02-03-2009 02:20 PM

I like this piece.
the dye job looks great.
the overall shape of the piece is excellant.
nice work

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Scott Bryan

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#12 posted 02-03-2009 04:33 PM

Joe, this is another beautiful piece. I just wish I could offer to critique it but this type of work is far beyond my capabilities at this stage in my woodworking journey. All I can do now is simply enjoy these posts and let you know how much I like seeing these works pictured.

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

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#13 posted 02-03-2009 04:34 PM

Yes , I can see your sun shining in pics 1&2. what I like most about these dyes that you’re using is that I can still see the beauty of the woods grain right through them . Another excellent turning enhanced by your eye for color , Joe : )

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

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#14 posted 02-04-2009 03:04 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I appreciate them all.

Les, I do not use a sealer.

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

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#15 posted 02-06-2009 03:03 AM

Way Cool!!! Being from NM your title, as always very fitting.

-- Scott NM,

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