Slim Vase - Summer 2010 Entry

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Project by David Craig posted 07-20-2010 03:13 PM 2076 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The theme of this Summer’s project is fluidity. The illustration given in the description is “Like grasses swaying in a summer breeze, the fluid motion is visible in the solid form of the wood.” I used Maple in this project to create a slim vase. The goal of the piece was to illustrate that wood can produce something with an aspect of feminine form and a sense of delicacy. I believe I accomplished this much.

In the description of this season’s awards, the fluid motion is compared to grasses in the breeze. The grass is not the breeze, it is the grass that conveys the motion of the wind unseen. The grain in this piece reminds me of this concept. The wild grain patten in this Maple piece conveys all the growth and maturity of the tree from which it came. The growth and the motion of the tree sprouting from the ground is movement unseen. Its growth is undetectable because it happens so slowly, yet the grain of the wood gives evidence of that motion. The swirls are a snapshot, a moment of fluid motion caught permanently in the solid form. Hence the reason for my entry in the contest.

Thank you for viewing and for the opportunity to place my work next to those of the outstanding woodworkers who claim membership to this site.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 04:23 PM

I like your interpretation of the contest guidelines.

Is there any way you can take a better photo of the finished project?

And maybe a close-up shot of the wild grain in its finished state?

Your interpretation is there, now we just need a couple of pictures that are just as solid.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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David Craig

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 05:09 PM

Thanks for the feedback Jonathan. I only have a camera phone so this is a little challenging. I modified the contrast and brightness of the pictures to highlight the grain a little better. Hopefully this helps show the grain off a little better.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 05:59 PM

Great job David, I wish I had your eloquence of words to describe something so beautifully, you should win on that alone, but Jonathan is right you need to invest, as a next tool maybe, in a camera. You could pick up a cheap one that would take better pics than your phone. The form is beautiful and the finish, from what I can see, looks sleek. I like it a lot, especially the form.

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

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 06:09 PM

You have definitely come a long way with turning. Looks very nice, the form is…........evocative.(-:

Break down and get an inexpensive camera, perhaps the pawn shop?.........I assume the dumpsters are a little picked over this time of year….....................(-:

I notice that your creative abilities extend past woodwork into semantics. That a way to make the contest rules conform to your project….............(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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