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Three Maple Vases

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 11-14-2007 10:39 PM 1598 views 2 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking through my wood projects image files, & discovered all kinds of Wood turnings.

So I figured I’d add a few to LJ’s today.

These 3 vases came from a Silver Maple I had in my backyard. It cost me $700 to have it removed.

It was kind of a tearful event. I had planted it from a seed in 1958, & It was about 2 feet in diameter.

It had a crotch in it that I was afraid would destroy our house if it ever broke. After cutting it down found

that the squirrels had hollowed it out at the crotch.

These vases are all about 9” high. I used a “Lebron” hard bar wax for a friction finish.

Check out some of my other turnings here.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Mark Mazzo

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#1 posted 11-14-2007 10:53 PM

Dick,

Very nice work! Can you elaborate on your hollowing techniques?

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at http://thecraftsmanspath.com

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 11-14-2007 10:55 PM

Nice vases, Dick. $700 for the material was kind of expensive, though. :-)

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#3 posted 11-14-2007 11:07 PM

For these kind I vases don’t usually hollow them with real thin sides. You don’t need a large water reservoir,

because we only use dry flowers. I think it’s a waste of time. Once you set it on a shelf no one can tell the difference. I use a bowl gouge for hollowing.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dan'um Style

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#4 posted 11-14-2007 11:08 PM

good to see these Dick ! excellent form

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 11-14-2007 11:34 PM

Thanks Guys!

That’s one reason these vases are priceless, because of the material costs. LOL

The reason I use wax for a finish, I can bring them into house right away. Wax doesn’t bother Barb’s

allergies. Otherwise I’d have to keep them out in the shop for a month, when using other finishes.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#6 posted 11-14-2007 11:42 PM

I’d love to visit your home some time…. you must have projects in every little corner!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 11-14-2007 11:46 PM

Yep!!

Running low on corners, I guess I’ll have to build some more corners. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 11-15-2007 12:48 AM

Dick, Those are really nice. Clean, smooth looking and they just make you want to go out and buy flowers to put in them (fake ones anyway). Very pleasant to look at.

-- Allegheny Woodshop

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#9 posted 11-15-2007 02:03 AM

You do such great work Dick. The first one is my favorite but they all are nice.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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cajunpen

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#10 posted 11-15-2007 10:51 AM

Dick you are truly a man of many talents – and you don’t skimp on the wood either – that was some expensive stock.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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snowdog

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#11 posted 11-15-2007 03:36 PM

Very nice, it is always a sad time when we cut down a tree at my house. I have to get the hang of drying the wood for turning. I have a few things that already split but it is a learning process and I am having fun.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 11-15-2007 05:16 PM

Thanks to all of you!

I still have quite a few pieces left from this tree. I cut them into 6 X 6 X 12” blocks.

I have a shelf in my shop dedicated for these pieces.

Then I seal the ends with a couple of coats carpenters glue. I seldom ever get any cracks.

Also when I split up the wood, I always eliminate any of the pith, or center of the log.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 11-15-2007 05:53 PM

What Todd said… Thanks for posting these. You are a man of many talents..

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

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Cathy Krumrei

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#14 posted 02-24-2008 02:54 PM

Very nice Dick! At least you put good use to the tree and have a least some of it to make these wonderful projects! You may have lost the tree but now you have created something beautiful out of something you planted. What a keepsake Dick. Did you use beeswax? Thanks for sharing.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 02-24-2008 03:13 PM

Thanks Cathy,

I used Liberon wax on these, it’s a hard bar of wax, that’s applied while running the lathe.

Then polish with a soft cloth while turning.

One of these bars last a long time.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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