TWO VASES, Shape,- first one OK, second one better.

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Project by bushmaster posted 03-31-2018 12:39 AM 2815 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Was inspired by a picture of a natural edge vase of the cover of the book WOODTURNING A fresh approach by Robert Chapman. An excellent book with lots of great turning projects and techniques. I had several pieces of wood that a friend had given me to see if I could make something out of. Half dead vine maple or something. with soft pith in the center. This project fit the bill for this piece of wood. drill the center out for a BUD VASE.

have a couple construction pictures

I felt the body part was shapeless, too round. Like a ball.

Time for a second try, learn from your mistakes. I found another piece, longer and bigger, was not able to make a natural edge but used basically the same design. Better shape, tapering to the base

the white part is where the tree was still live.Nice closed grain so it took finish quite well, WOP.

Still have a few lathe projects to post while I am waiting for spring. Thought winter and snow was over for the year but the icing on the cake was out there this morning, 7 inches of wet snow.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#1 posted 03-31-2018 12:50 AM

Sweet vases, Brian. I like to use my steady read for stuff like that too…much safer!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 03-31-2018 12:56 AM

Nice vase, Brian. Would, however, appreciate it if you kept your snow in northern B.C.. We’ve had enough of it in our area. This winter is making me crabby! But had a good day carving a boot in my shop. Temp today was minus 11 and with wind chill it’s even colder. More snow in the forecast! Should get to warmer weather by the end of next week! Bah Humbug!

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#3 posted 03-31-2018 01:14 AM

very nice vases,Brian

-- bambi

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#4 posted 03-31-2018 02:23 AM

Nice turnings Brian. Too bad about the snowfall up there, down here in southern BC the grass is green, some flowers are already in blossom, and even our garlic in the garden have about 2” of their shoots above ground. But wait until tomorrow when Bob from Australia tells you it has “been up to 43C a couple of days ago”...
Just don’t look outside, and keep on making those turnings.
Have a great day.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#5 posted 03-31-2018 02:42 AM

Well Brian, Keep the white stuff where you have it.

Both GREAT vases, but, I like the live edged one the best.

As John said we have a little nicer weather than that. I went for a bicycle ride today!

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

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#6 posted 03-31-2018 03:08 AM

Wow, truly awesome sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-31-2018 08:55 AM

Pretty interesting shape and quite nice finish.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 03-31-2018 10:19 AM

Very nice, spring is coming buddy

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 03-31-2018 10:35 AM

Very nice

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#10 posted 03-31-2018 11:44 AM

Very beautiful work, send us some more, but keep the snow for yourself. thank you for sharing.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 03-31-2018 11:48 AM

These are very nice and they turned out beautifully.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#12 posted 03-31-2018 12:40 PM

Great vase looks like its finished really well to bring out the grain


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#13 posted 03-31-2018 01:23 PM

You may have snow but you’re bringing out the warmth in your turning. I sort of like the round one, it reminds me of a onion. Nice job on both.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#14 posted 03-31-2018 01:44 PM

Great looking vases Brian. Like the second one much better.
I wish we had a bit of snow here, been up to 43C a couple of days ago.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#15 posted 03-31-2018 11:38 PM

Brian , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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