Spalted Maple Tryptich

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Project by StevenAntonucci posted 08-15-2007 03:58 AM 1699 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a sample of some of my turning. The three vessels were all turned from a single piece of wood and relate in shape and composition, yet each are different and unique. The overall implied message is that since the item is handmade, it can not be mass produced no matter how hard the maker might try. The medium and the process just does not allow for it.

-- Steven

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#1 posted 08-15-2007 04:07 AM

They are wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 08-15-2007 05:32 AM

Very nice.

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

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#3 posted 08-15-2007 08:38 AM

Nice turnings – thank you for showing them to us.

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

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#4 posted 08-15-2007 01:49 PM

beautiful photo, bowls, and message!!!

Well done

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#5 posted 08-15-2007 03:34 PM

Very nice bowls

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#6 posted 08-17-2007 06:24 AM

pretty pieces

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 08-17-2007 05:57 PM

Great turnings! Really 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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#8 posted 08-17-2007 06:50 PM


Very nice turnings.
I am a bit lost with the term ”trypitch” related to these vessels.
Can you “explain” me? I though it was a fabric term.
I’m a bit of word nut.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 08-17-2007 09:11 PM

For Bob(Word nut…)


art consisting of a painting or carving (especially an altarpiece) on three panels (usually hinged together)

WordNet® 3.0, © 2006 by Princeton University.

I took some creative license on the “three carved panels”, since my carving is done on a lathe in the round :-). In a broader sense, the three panels were usually related to each other in some way to tell a single story. I’ve used the three forms to express the being of the maple from which they originate.

A short version of the longer story:

I had seen this tree stump (25’ limbed trunk, 4’ in diameter) for many years, and one day while driving to get coffee, I saw that it had been felled and sectioned. I spun my truck around as fast as I could to run home and get my chainsaw- no coffee necessary to get my heart going that day. I cut as much as I could carry, and then went back to get more. Two loads later, I was exhausted. I expected it to be there for a while, but it was gone a day later. Each slab probably weighed 500#.

The wood was spalted, buggy, and had some drying checks. Most turners I offered it to passed up the opportunity, since they couldn’t see beyond all of the “problems”. The story is one of seizing opportunity and taking chances.

In three panels…


-- Steven

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#10 posted 08-17-2007 09:22 PM

Thanks Steve:
I would have lain awake tonight if I had not found the meaning. ( I know – a bit sick)
That’s great story attached to this wood.
I have often thought that a small card with the origin of an object like these was a fitting finish to the art.

FWIW I have three such “chunks” of pithy burl sitting on the floor right now waitng for me to see what is contained inside.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#11 posted 08-19-2007 03:58 AM

very nice work. Congratulations.

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