Pearwood Vase

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 04-08-2016 05:33 AM 1148 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is only the second vase I tried my hand at, being new to turning. And actually the first vase that I completely hollowed out.
It is made from a piece of Pearwood that I was given by a friend who has an orchard in B.C. It has some really cool color and grain. This was my first time working with orchard Pearwood. It cut very nicely but the log was fairly wet so it was pretty easy cutting.

You will also notice that since my first few turnings, I already upgraded my lathe to a 60’s vintage Powermatic 45. A very nice lathe!

The vase is about 11.5” tall and 4” round. The finish is a couple coats of wipe on Poly.
I’ve attached a few progress pics as well. it’s fairly rare for me to take many progress pics but this one was interesting.
Thanks for looking and commenting!

Turning right from a log.

A nice big dovetail tenon for the chuck.

Start hollowing with a forstner bit.

Then a hollowing tool.

Finally some sanding.

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#1 posted 04-08-2016 08:25 AM

Nice job. Thanks for posting the progress pics. I need to remind myself to do the same thing more often.

-- -Al, Oak Harbor, WA

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 01:00 PM

That looks like a very nice heavy duty lathe and will certainly keep up with the best of the newer ones. I am just putting a coat of paint on a heavy duty one that I made. I will have to try making a vase for the maiden voyage. A friend gave me a short log that he brought back form Manitoba and been wondering what to do with it. The small lathe that use is from the fifty’s. A Delta from the school that I first taught at in 1970.
Nicely done project.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 03:51 PM

Beautiful vase!!
You have one good lathe there!

cheers, Jim

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 04:11 PM

This is a beautiful vase and I love the wood.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 05:50 PM

great job!!!

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#6 posted 04-08-2016 11:02 PM

Beautiful vase! Note to self: get lathe and learn to use it – big wind storm last week knocked down lots of pear trees all over town just when they were in full bloom – so much wood and no lathe. :(

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#7 posted 04-09-2016 12:14 AM

You did well!

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