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Project by trifern posted 07-31-2010 03:08 PM 6103 views 23 times favorited 46 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This hollow form vessel, “Aquifer”, was turned from end grain, fiddle back maple. The elegance and fluidity of this piece is obtained by employing Fibonacci proportions. The orientation of the fiddle back grain, in combination with the layers of aniline dyes, creates great movement in the piece. This piece creates the illusion of water spilling out of the opening and down the form. Your eye then travels back up the elegant form and the journey begins again.

“Aquifer” highlights the incredible depth created by the layers of aniline dyes. The grain, detail and colors create great movement, allowing the viewer a ride on the rapids. Once you have reached the end of the ride, it is only natural to follow the elegant form back and take another journey.

“Aquifer” allows the viewer more tranquility. You are able to get close and admire the incredible depth, detail, and subtleties. I believe in form over function. “Aquifer” stands up proud, as if it just inhaled new life. “Aquifer” has a small footprint, somehow defying gravity with perfect balance – like a ballet dancer en pointe. Strong and bold, yet dainty and fragile; “Aquifer” marries complete opposites into an exercise of controlled passion of eloquence and fluidity.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#1 posted 07-31-2010 03:13 PM

Wow Joe, it is beautiful, you really have this method down pat. Great work.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#2 posted 07-31-2010 03:19 PM

A beautiful piece. From the shape to the figure to the colour… pure excellence!

-- Ken in Sharbot Lake, Ontario

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#3 posted 07-31-2010 03:19 PM

Probably my favorite. Really nice colors.

-- Gerry,

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#4 posted 07-31-2010 03:26 PM

Another real beauty, Joe. Your finishes are absolutely amazing.

I’m going to have to start putting on hip boots to read your descriptions, though…. they’re getting pretty deep. :-)

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

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#5 posted 07-31-2010 03:28 PM

Incredible piece – absolutely stunning.

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#6 posted 07-31-2010 03:34 PM

Great job and very good description of your piece. The finish is amazing. It almost looks like a polished stone.

-- I'm a Fungi --

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#7 posted 07-31-2010 03:55 PM


The depth that you get on your finish is absolutley amazing. A very beautiful peice. Thanks for sharing your works of art.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 07-31-2010 03:57 PM

Quite a description change since you first posted this project over a year ago : )
It still catches the eye and is worthy of being reposted though : )
Have a great weekend , Joe !

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#9 posted 07-31-2010 04:01 PM

Joe, WOW! What a stunning piece. You are in a class of your own.Don’t pay no never mind to Charlie..he ain’t had his meds yet today.Anything more than 5 words messes him up!! Your writing are as eloquant as your work. I like both.

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#10 posted 07-31-2010 04:08 PM

A truly admirable piece! Your description gives great insight as to what the viewer can see in the beautiful grain of the wood and the balance you obtained in your turning presents grace and elegance in the final work. Your finishing techniques have always been excellent along with your shapes. It’s always a pleasure to see your work and how it has matured and keeps advancing. Excellent work!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#11 posted 07-31-2010 04:16 PM

A beautiful piece.

-- 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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#12 posted 07-31-2010 04:16 PM

I could stare at this all day long! Very beautiful work.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#13 posted 07-31-2010 04:28 PM

Your work is like that of an artist working on a pallet of amazing color. Say you have quite the way with words too; your description is quite the piece of prose.

Thanks for sharing,

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 07-31-2010 04:30 PM

That’s a pretty one, I bet it is stunning in person.

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#15 posted 07-31-2010 04:32 PM

Very nice Joe.
It looks like Les Moore, but without a lid.

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