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Project by trifern posted 02-07-2009 05:54 AM 1683 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vase is turned from end grain, fiddle back ash. It measures 6.75 inches by 3.75 inches. It is finished with aniline dyes, spray lacquer, and Briwax tinted with red Mixol.

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 02-07-2009 06:00 AM

The color on this is wild! Nice job.

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#2 posted 02-07-2009 06:33 AM

You’re a machine!

I agree…the color is amazing.

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

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#3 posted 02-07-2009 06:41 AM

I would like it more glossier because of the black. interesting wood.

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#4 posted 02-07-2009 06:45 AM

very nice … really pops …

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#5 posted 02-07-2009 07:07 AM

Nice piece Joe, I agree with mics _54 I’d like to see it glossier too. But it’s a great piece.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#6 posted 02-07-2009 07:24 AM

Love your use of highly contrasting colors in your dying. All of your turnings have been great that I have seen to date. I especially appreciate the forms you are creating with your turning.

And ditto what the guys above suggested – I think the chatoyance (my big word for the day) of the fiddle back ash would really pop with a glossier finish.

You know this does pose an interesting question – when you have a wood with this type of “screaming” figure, do you want it to pop even more (?) or would that start to distract from the form and color of the turning? Because in trifern’s turnings that I have seen, typically there are 3 design elements occurring all at the same time (the rule of 3) – form (turned shape of the vessels), color (dying artistic applications) and natural figure of the wood – which strongly plays into how your colors are layered and reflected.

I don’t know, what do the rest of you think? Would a glossier finish cause the natural figure or the shimmer (chatoyance) of the wood to start to overwhelm the form of the vessel or distract from the coloring profile ??? Or is this to artsy of a conversation for LJ’s?

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#7 posted 02-07-2009 07:32 AM

I just went back and looked at some of your vessels in your project listings again.

All very nice forms. But where are you getting all these beautiful fiddle back figured pieces of wood to turn?
Wow that’s got to be a lot of fun to chuck up in the lathe and turn.

Keep it up. Your doing some awesome work!

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#8 posted 02-07-2009 07:40 AM

It would be interesting to see an identical piece with a glossier finish, but I also like the matte finish on this piece. The intricate grain and color accents are quite busy and bold, yet the shape of the turning is simple and pure, almost crude, as it lacks much curve, but the lip is formed with just enough sophistication to contradict this. The matte finish reminds me that this is a piece of wood, not a harder substance such as porcelain or glass, just wood. The mind is pulled into thinking the piece is hard – soft; subtle – loud; calm – stormy; crude – elegant. It’s quite extraordinary.

-- "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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#9 posted 02-07-2009 07:45 AM

Out of curiosity – what type of hollowing tool do you use/prefer?

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#10 posted 02-07-2009 07:47 AM

Extremely amazing !!! , nice colors

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#11 posted 02-07-2009 08:50 AM

Another beauty, haven’t seen a bad one yet. Really some collection you are accumulating. They would put on quite a show. Great work! Always a joy to see your pieces.

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

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#12 posted 02-07-2009 01:48 PM

You`re the man!

-- ''Carry on my wayward son''

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#13 posted 02-07-2009 04:12 PM

Another beauty Joe. I really like the grain patterns. Ya know, most of the time simple is beauty. Very good turn

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

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#14 posted 02-07-2009 04:19 PM

Joe, another great piece. I would also like to know where you get the fiddle back ash and what hollowing tool you use. How about a blog on some of your vessels?

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#15 posted 02-07-2009 06:17 PM

Nice Joe, I don’t know squat about color or shine I just know it’s amazing. A little wider at the bottom then normal, the only difference I see in form.

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

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