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Project by trifern posted 02-14-2009 02:16 AM 2433 views 3 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form is turned from end grain, spalted maple. It came extremely close to the burn pile several times. It was really punky, has worm holes, and moldy. The tear out was nearly impossible to overcome. It measures 7.5 inches by 5.75 inches and is finished with wipe-on poly.

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 02-14-2009 02:47 AM

You continue to amaze me with your productivity and design. I guess in this one nature had a big hand in the color so your aniline dyes weren’t needed (-;
I have had good luck using CA glue to saturate punky wood to prevent tear out and also to allow sanding the final finish without undercutting. I have heard of people soaking the whole thing in CA. You are probably aware but be sure to wear a mask when you are cutting these “rotting woods”. Some of those fungi also like to grow in your lungs and other damp places places.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#2 posted 02-14-2009 02:53 AM

Love this piece, what a challenge it must have been. Way to go Joe.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 02-14-2009 03:18 AM

I always look forward to seeing what your next project is! This is beautiful!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#4 posted 02-14-2009 03:51 AM

Great looking piece Joe, I really like the design also. Very good turn.

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

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#5 posted 02-14-2009 05:53 AM

How do you keep finding all this great wood? Terrific shape, another beauty.

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

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#6 posted 02-14-2009 06:17 AM

Marvelous, simply marvelous! Just one question: why hollow it if it is punky and hard to work?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 02-14-2009 07:09 AM

What ever you are doing right, I want some of that….

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

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#8 posted 02-14-2009 07:44 AM

I love this one! You continue to push the envelope with your design and technique. I really like how you created a full rounded effect and kept it simple. It looks like it’s ready to hatch. The foot and mouth are nicely done too. The grain is complimented very nicely with your design. I think I need to make shelf room for some of your work!

Q: How hollow were you able to get this one?

-- "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 02-14-2009 11:00 AM

Although it was hard to work, the outcome is amazing….. It would have been a shame to see that piece in the fire box. Nice form, nice work, unique piece of wood….

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#10 posted 02-14-2009 03:12 PM

Another place you gotta watch for that fungi is the eyes, I got a dose in my eyes and had to go to the eye Dr to get rid of it. That being said, this is awesome, it looks like an egg balanced on end, very cool. Pentecryl from woodcraft will harden that whole thing if need be.

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

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#11 posted 02-14-2009 03:16 PM

Wow trifern. You did it again. I wish I had as much time as you to turn. I need to find me some spalted wood and try that. I did a bowl and got it turned but I don’t know about a hollow piece like that.

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

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#12 posted 02-14-2009 03:26 PM

Thanks for all the feedback. I really appreciate them all.

mmh, I could only hollow this to about .25 inches.

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

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#13 posted 02-14-2009 03:38 PM

I could only hollow this to about .25 inches

Spalted wood? That’s almost unheard of to get one that small without splitting. You got to teach me some of your techniques.

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

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#14 posted 02-14-2009 07:28 PM

Of all the pieces I have seen you do, this is my favorite—specifically related to the form. You could paint this black and it would still be interesting.

-- - A Woodworking & Renovation Blog & - I make. You buy.

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#15 posted 02-14-2009 08:48 PM

This is great , Joe ….In picture #4 , it looks like an aerial view of a giant Hurricane heading towards a continent at the top of the turning….Nice save from the fireplace : )

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

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