Cape Chestnut Goblet

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 06-18-2018 09:05 AM 1230 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the completion of this.

The vase became a goblet. It was looking real nice as a vase, but, the wall got very thin in the upper part (translucent, in point of fact), and it came apart on the new lathe, which shortened the piece by a good three inches. Not the lathe’s fault, but mine – tool catch.

At some point (while it was on the SS, actually), VIMH says,

...If you can’t seem to get a good finish on something, gold-leaf it..

Not really the thought process, but something like it. (Gold-leafing is really easy – if you’re not messy about it. I’ll do better next time.)

So, I gave that a shot.

The twist was originally intended to be an open spiral. I got to the point, however, that I thought it looked good like this. I had bored a hole up through the stem in preparation for the open spiral, and, in working on it, it became frighteningly delicate.

All in all, I like this piece a lot.

My initial review of the new lathe is as follows:
What an amazing machine. Beginning with the smoothness and the quietude, and going through the reversibility and the sliding tail stock and swiveling head stock, I see only good things coming as I get to know her better. Did I mention the incredible speed control? What a difference that makes!

As for the mojo that I hoped came with the new lathe: It did not. I’m at the point where I’m gritting my teeth and trying to come to terms with the fact that a mojo (like anything in life, really) from time to time, needs to be re-invented.


I know, It’s a little incongruous. But, I did finish this onFather’s Day, and it’s the first song that came to mind. And I dig Bea Wain. (She died last August at age 100, God bless her little heart.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 06-18-2018 12:01 PM

Very nice, Mark. Great job of turning a problem into a success!

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

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#2 posted 06-18-2018 12:20 PM

Nice looking goblet, Mark!!


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

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#3 posted 06-18-2018 12:30 PM

I think it looks great, Mark!

I’d be interested in knowing how you did the spiral in the stem.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 06-18-2018 01:13 PM

nice job buddy a good save and nice touch with the gold leaf.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 06-18-2018 04:07 PM

Awesome work!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 06-18-2018 04:55 PM

Nice spiral. ...That’s the story of my woodworking life too…always try to improvize mistakes when made.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-18-2018 04:56 PM

nice goblet buddy,cheers

-- bambi

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#8 posted 06-18-2018 07:30 PM

Nicely turned goblet Mark.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 06-18-2018 09:04 PM

Gorgeous gilded goblet, Mark!

-- God bless, Candy

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#10 posted 06-18-2018 10:37 PM

See? I told you that your holy grail was within reach! Beautiful goblet, excellent proportions, nice style, great decorative flourishes. Remember: We are always more critical of ourselves than others are of us. So give yourself a well deserved pat on the back. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 06-19-2018 01:31 AM

Beautiful INDEED!

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

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#12 posted 06-19-2018 04:27 AM

Nice goblet Mark, I haven’t tried one of those yet.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#13 posted 06-19-2018 02:27 PM

Very nice, love your design, I think you would have needed more wood on the stem for a spiral, keep trying, would love to see one like that.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 06-19-2018 09:27 PM

It’s amassing just how “adaptable” us turners are in rethinking a project ;)
Nice end result Mark u did well

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#15 posted 06-20-2018 08:30 PM

Awesome work, I’m glad to hear your new investment is bringing you much joy!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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