Green Man Urn

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Project by Tennessee posted 03-21-2018 12:57 PM 1517 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This year I am really into segmented turnings. Have made a few pieces so far, and also a Tsunami Bowl which is in my projects.
I got the Incra 1000HD and the small sled, and making segments is not a real problem. Built a big steady rest using some wheels off a pair of roller blades and 3/4” birch plywood I had lying around. I would never ever use those roller blades again with my back and knees.

But after a few segmented turnings, instead of the usual delving into feature rings with dozens of pieces of wood, taking days to glue up to make one segmented ring, (I don’t have the patience and can’t recoup your time as work when you sell it), I decided to try another direction. Woodburning…

Now I would be the first to admit I am not an artist in the traditional sense. Oh, we can call ourselves artists in the wood medium, but in the traditional oil/pen&ink/watercolor and other mediums, I pretty much suck. I can follow a pattern, but not much further. So I thought that woodburning might be a good way for me to go, since yes, you can shade, have depth, etc., but also do things like I did here.

This urn stands 13” high, and is about 5” in diameter. It is made mostly of canarywood, with box elder and walnut accents. I think the cap is a piece of bubinga left over from a guitar build.
After making it, I decided that I would try to add a green man to see how it would go. I could always just make the walls a bit thinner and shave it off!

I first did one on birch plywood, and it came out OK, so I took the pattern and put it on the urn while still on the lathe before finishing and parting. I had multiple problems with the curve of the vessel, and the changing woods as elder burns much quicker than canarywood, with walnut somewhere in the middle.
The woodburning was done with a simple Walnut Hollow Versa Tool that I got at Hobby Lobby with a 40% off coupon for a total of sixteen bucks. It works OK, but I am now hooked on this woodburning thing, and am looking at a Burnmaster once I get my tax refund back. Having the temp control in the cord is a pain, and the tip is just too far from the hand on the Versa Tool. Like burning with a soldering gun, so to speak. Still, now learning and reading, many artists used these low end burners for years and years until people like Razrtip, Colwood, and Burnmaster came along.

The segmented turning is traditional, ring added at a time while on the lathe, hollowed out as I went, so the inside was done when I put on the top two pieces which were only four segments and solid. After turning the final shape, I simply drilled a 1 1/8” hole in the top using my tailstock, chuck and forstner bit until I reached the empty center. Then I turned the top on my small pen lathe, using a micrometer to size it. You know it is good when you get that satisfying little drum pop noise when you pull it out of the main vessel. Finished in two coats of Tru-Oil, with a thick final coat of carnuba wax, polished before final parting.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#1 posted 03-21-2018 01:39 PM

Looks great!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#2 posted 03-21-2018 06:54 PM

Very nice.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 03-21-2018 07:32 PM

Thanks! Took it to my gallery today, they loved it and we put an asking price of $149 on it, since it is my first. If it sells, the next one will be a bit higher.

-- Tsunami Guitars and Custom Woodworking, Cleveland, TN

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 12:00 AM

Very well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 01:55 AM

I’m sure it will sell.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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