Small Turned Forms

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Project by Don posted 06-21-2007 03:26 AM 2672 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This collection of small turned forms is something I do between box making sessions. The discipline of turning is entirely different from box making and I find it a relaxing diversion.

The wine goblet is unfinished and made of Australian Rosewood. (I use this as a form from which I make others.)

The small jug was made a few years back, and I believe it is American Walnut. The handle is bentwood cane.

The lidded box is Wild Cherry. This is a beautiful wood, very dense and heavy, with colors ranging from gray yellow and orange to cherry red.

The bud vase is also Australian Rosewood, finished with shellac. It will have a glass vile inserted to enable it to hold water.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 03:30 AM

Wonderful pieces, Don. I really like the forms. That is one of the biggest struggles I have with turning, making something with a pleasing shape. I have a piece of maple burl on the lathe right now. I took it upstairs to as my wife’s opinion of the outside shape. She said, “It looks great! You should put it outside and see if a family of bees will move into it.” I rechucked it and proceeded to change the shape. Her encouragement keeps me trying harder.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 03:34 AM

These are really very beautiful Don.

-- John

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 03:48 AM

Nice collection Don, quite a mixture of material and form. I really like the top on the lidded bowl is the bottom also cherry? I’m working on a cherry bowl right now. With an asian kinda look.jockmike

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

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 03:49 AM

Beautiful Don…I especially like the lidded box.

-- Bob

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#5 posted 06-21-2007 04:05 AM

The lidded box is my favorite as well. All of them are great.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 06-21-2007 04:06 AM

Quote jockmike2: ”I really like the top on the lidded bowl is the bottom also cherry?”

Yes, Mike, it’s all Cherry. As I recall it, the bowl was taken from a different piece than the top. It really shows the range of colors.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#7 posted 06-21-2007 05:47 AM

Excellent work Don, I just might have to fire up my lathe again – it’s been awhile since I’ve turned anything. Your workmanship is top notch!

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 06-21-2007 06:34 AM

These pieces are woodworking art at it’s best Don, excellent workmanship. Thanks for sharing.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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#9 posted 06-21-2007 01:08 PM

Beautiful pieces Don,
I like the grain figure of the lidded box, also your shapes are very pleasing to the eye.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#10 posted 06-21-2007 02:50 PM

Wow, Don. The finish on that lid really blows me away!

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

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#11 posted 06-21-2007 03:23 PM

Charlie, the finish is another great Aussie product, Ubeaut's Shellawax Cream, a fusion mixture of white shellac and a number of waxes including Carnauba wax & Bees wax.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#12 posted 06-22-2007 05:57 AM


-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 06-22-2007 12:59 PM

I really like that lidded box.

I almost looks like you laminated a blond piece to the top of the box part to show the cherry off.

Very nice!

-- surplusdealdude

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#14 posted 06-22-2007 02:58 PM

Those are the collection of a master turner, Don. Very inspiring work, to say the least.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#15 posted 06-22-2007 03:46 PM

I had to come back and look at these, Don. In watching people turn, I’m always impressed with the forms they produce with little or no effort. Very, very nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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