Celestial Geode

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Project by trifern posted 12-15-2009 11:10 AM 2547 views 5 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vessel was turned from end grain maple. It measures 6 inches tall and is 5.5 inches wide. It is finished with aniline dyes and wipe-on poly. It was difficult to photograph the dark vessel due to it’s high gloss finish.

This is a continuation of vessels inspired from Hubble Telescope images. I will have the pleasure of meeting a gentleman who was instrumental in the development of the Hubble Telescope and the Orion project next week. It will be interesting to learn his impression of this series of vessels.

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 05-09-2009 12:44 AM

Well what can be said that has not been said before. Your series has been simply amazing to watch. I enjoy seeing them and I am sure that person you are meeting will feel the same. I think you have captured the Hubble mystique in your work. Keep them coming.

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#2 posted 05-09-2009 12:59 AM

especially nice color

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 05-09-2009 01:00 AM

The look-down through that gloss finish is amazing, and I love this shape. More lathe magic, Joe!

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#4 posted 05-09-2009 01:21 AM

Great Piece Joe! The finish is perfect thats what I like to see when colors are added to wood = I think it adds a great deal of depth.
Job Well Done!

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

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#5 posted 05-09-2009 01:30 AM

Another nice piece Joe.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 05-09-2009 01:32 AM

Absolutely my favorite of all your turnings so far! The gloss over all that curl is spectacular.

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

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#7 posted 05-09-2009 02:14 AM

That little guy looks like it’d be hard to hold on to. Beautiful!

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

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#8 posted 05-09-2009 03:13 AM

This reminds me of the marbles we use to play with in my childhood. This is a great finish Joe, thanks for posting…Blkcherry

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#9 posted 05-09-2009 04:06 AM

Very nice color and the depth is exceptional, nice job.

-- Dale

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#10 posted 05-09-2009 04:21 AM

Joe, what comments can I add!! This is another beautiful piece.

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

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#11 posted 05-09-2009 04:45 AM

wow…i am tired of saying wow…but each new project my first, unstoppable comment is a jaw dropping wow…

I love the gloss…i cant wait to hear about your meeting with mr. hubble…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 05-09-2009 05:00 AM

My amazement is in how fast you crank these out. i am retired and work in my shop almost every day and I can produce 2 to 3 projects per month at best. Sometimes I take 2 weeks to get the finish right. Of course I do work for fun and fun alone. No suspenses—thanks goodness. Col d

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#13 posted 05-09-2009 06:02 AM

Joe this is awesome. The shape is fantastic…as is the finish. I have to mark this as one of my favorites.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#14 posted 05-09-2009 06:17 AM


-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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#15 posted 05-09-2009 06:21 AM

if you encounter problems photographing shiny objects, you might want to purchase some dulling spray. photographers use when photographing shiny objects. ( it will NOT harm the finish ).

-- mrsawdust, pittsburgh,pa.

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