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Project by trifern posted 02-24-2009 04:31 AM 1549 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form is turned from end grain maple with an orange agate collar. It measures 8.75 inches by 4.75 inches and is finished with Waterlox. I’m not sure about the collar, do you think it works? 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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Rick D.

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#1 posted 02-24-2009 04:36 AM

I really like the grain and the shape. Hard to say if the collar works based on the photos but it look nice from I can see.

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#2 posted 02-24-2009 04:41 AM

Here is a close up from the top.

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

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#3 posted 02-24-2009 04:58 AM

Beautiful piece, yes I like the orange agate top, the small hole would be ideal for say an orchid branch or similar.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 02-24-2009 05:59 AM

Hmmmm. I’m not quite happy with this combination. I do like the maple turning itself, and I can see that you’re trying to work with a different colors/textures to see what’s compatible, but I think the redness of the collar is so strong, that it doesn’t quite suit this vase. They are both nice in their own right, but one is too dark, the other too light. I think the color of the collar would look better on some of your other pieces, such as Would, Ringer, Midnight or Snare.

I do like the way you are playing with the shapes and technical challenge of fitting a piece within a piece. The shapes work, but the strong orange/red color does not match this maple. If you were to stain the maple darker, I think it would work better.

Also, the wood on this piece is too busy for the color variation of the collar. A colloar made of a more subtle color wood without much variation in grain would tone it down and be more compatible. Solid black, brown, or muted red.

Beautiful shapes though.

Still awaiting delivery . . .

-- "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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#5 posted 02-24-2009 06:27 AM

Well Joe , I’m glad that mmh said it first. Too much competition between the woods / colors for my own tastes. The turnings by themselves are awesome , but together , not so much. Kind of like wearing plaid and stripes together. Sorry Joe , JMHO

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

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scott shangraw

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#6 posted 02-24-2009 03:20 PM

You sure crank these out.Do you sell them?I use the Waterlox for my furniture I’m curious how you apply them to your turnings ?

-- Scott NM,

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#7 posted 02-24-2009 03:45 PM

Hi Scott, I do sell them. I apply the Waterlox with an old, white cotton, tee shirt rag.

mmh and Dusty, thanks for the critiques. You do not have to apologize. I ask for critiques because that is how I learn.

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

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#8 posted 02-24-2009 04:15 PM

I’m no artist Joe, but you did ask for opinions. It is a beautiful turning like always, but, I think that colored cap would look better on a colored piece. Just my 2 cents. Please don’t take offense. It is a cool cap, and needs to go on a lighter colored piece, so it is noticed.

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

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#9 posted 02-25-2009 03:18 AM

Beautiful shape of the main hollow form. Take a look at the pieces Dixie Biggs does. She has some contrast pieces like this and some more subdued pieces too.

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#10 posted 02-25-2009 05:36 AM

Thanks for the feedback. The more I look at it, the more I dislike it, and the more I see possibilities. Sometimes I get too wrapped up in a piece. It is not until the excitement is over, that I truly evaluate it with open eyes. The feedback and perspective of others helps rid me of tunnel vision.

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

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#11 posted 02-25-2009 07:13 AM

I think if you were to display a special flower or some custom art piece in this turning it would be wonderful. When it stands alone , I think the extra bit is superfluous.

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

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#12 posted 02-25-2009 09:40 PM

First of all it is a beautiful piece of wood and you have done with it some great work.
As for the collar I have to agree with many or the comments here. It is just to bright or a color.
I wonder what the colar would look like on this piece if it was very narrow and left a bigger hole?
Great work I always love looking at your stuff.

-- R

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#13 posted 02-28-2009 11:03 PM

Joe, the orange agate doesn’t bother me, but I probably don’t have the eye for design that you and others may have. Nevertheless this is another great piece, and I love the grain in that maple…wow.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 03-01-2009 05:24 AM

great piece, I think that the orange agate top gives it a little “bam”...I;ve done jewerly with orange agate and it’s a wonderfull wood to work with…marshall…thanks for sharing

-- marshall, murphy, north carolina

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