Camphor Burl Vessel with Glitter and CA Fill

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Project by Darryl Jones posted 08-31-2018 01:58 PM 1179 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lately, I have been really fascinated with hollow forms. This is by far the largest hollow form I have made to date. I didn’t know what this piece would be going in. My friend gave me this chunk of wood which had some significant issues including large voids, inclusions, and cracks. To mount it to the lathe, I had to hot glue it to a plate with a recess in it due to the positioning of the void in the top. Originally, it was to be a bowl but at some point I decided to attempt a hollow form. As I was forming this piece, the voids kept getting bigger and the top was seemingly becoming less and less stable. To resolve the instability, I decided to laminate a piece to the top choosing walnut for the contrast. after this issue had been addressed, I turned my attention to the large deep voids. I had intended to fill with turquoise but the voids were so large and deep that it would have been cost prohibitive. I was going to use epoxy, but I didn’t want to wait overnight for it to dry nor did I want to deal with trying to “dam” the fill due to the curvature of the piece. So I headed off to my favorite distraction store (Hobby Lobby) in search of a locally sourced inexpensive material to fill it with. I happened upon glitter which solved the cost piece even though I was worried that it might end up kinda hokey. So I went home and filled the voids with glitter followed by Starbond Super Fast Thin CA. The CA melted a little of the glitter which left some small pinholes that I filled with medium and thick CA. I think it turned out great! I will be exploring this a little more in the future. The piece is also finished with thin CA and buffed to a high gloss sheen. Let me know what you think in the comments.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 08-31-2018 03:39 PM


-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 08-31-2018 03:45 PM

Beautiful, just plain beautiful. Excellent job !!!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#3 posted 08-31-2018 05:03 PM

From a distance it looks Turquoise like. Nice job of addressing an unstable piece so you could work it. The finished product looks good.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

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#4 posted 08-31-2018 05:10 PM

Usually I do not like the turquoise effects; but, I do very much on this one. The glitter and glue worked out well for you. Nice job.

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

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#5 posted 08-31-2018 05:13 PM

No matter from which side it is viewed it is beautiful and that makes it an outstanding project. Again, I love the fact that these are almost always a ‘one of a kind’ piece of art. Great work with the camera and lighting as well.

-- Seeing is believing.

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#6 posted 09-01-2018 02:15 AM

Oof!! Nicely done.

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#7 posted 09-01-2018 11:37 AM

Beautiful is an understatement, this is outstanding.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#8 posted 09-02-2018 06:31 PM


-- Dale

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#9 posted 09-04-2018 02:34 PM

Sweet!! I love the inlay

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#10 posted 09-05-2018 02:03 PM

Stunning! The glitter you used looks like blue opals. Very cool. Can you share the color and brand of the glitter you used?

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#11 posted 09-07-2018 07:40 AM

I was looking back through posts, and hadn’t noted you said it was Camphor. I bet your nose was clear and opened while working on this. I love Camphor, it’s an honest wood like Maple, and Cherry. Easy to work, shape, and finish. Unlike those 2 it’s usually a bit higher priced, but it smells really good to my nose.

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