A Turn-ed Sculpture of sorts

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 09-15-2018 06:46 PM 1025 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This began as this.

I don’t have photos of turning the outside.

Mounted between centers, propeller fashion.

Mounted in a recess for the pin jaws.

And, because there was no immediately apparent way I could turn away the the recess and make a flat bottom for it to sit on, I needed a base. Ahh. Here’s something.

A little chunk of Sycamore, it is.

‘Tween the centers.

I needed the top of it to lean and, wanting it to lean in a balanced fashion, over a curved face, I had to go all wobbly on it. It took a lot of thought and a bit of experimenting (adjust and look at the ghost, whatnot). I think it worked. I flattened the bottom of the base on my disc sander. I attached the two pieces with construction adhesive in the pin jaw recess. It’s not going anywhere.

There’s a silkiness to the figure in both of these woods that I tried hard to convey in the photos.

It stands about 6”.

I’ve filed this under “Objets de High Arte.”

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 09-15-2018 08:08 PM

Nicely done Mark. You have a creative imagination.

-- 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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#2 posted 09-15-2018 08:26 PM

Interesting – it reminds me of the dancing mushrooms in Fantasia. Very creative and a fine addition to your growing ”oeuvre”. (That’s the fancy term for an artist’s complete body of works. Remember that when you start showing your work in those hoity toity LA galleries.) Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 09-15-2018 08:42 PM

Nice work, Mark. You sure can turn that old piece of wood into a work of art!!


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

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#4 posted 09-15-2018 09:01 PM

A really creative & arty piece Mark, I can see this being a wonderful talking item on the dresser, well done Bud

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

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#5 posted 09-15-2018 10:18 PM

The MOJO is back!!


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

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#6 posted 09-16-2018 12:27 AM

Wow, amazing, pushing the limits again.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#7 posted 09-16-2018 01:06 AM

Hi Mark, That is a very interesting piece of art. You really are stretching your imagination and achieving some really good stuff.
Thanks for sharing this with us.


-- 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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#8 posted 09-16-2018 08:50 AM

Myrtle and sycamore play well together, Mark! In some of your images it looks like a chair, a very comfy chair, at that!

-- God bless, Candy

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Mark Wilson

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#9 posted 09-16-2018 09:40 AM

LEW. LEW. Are you listening? THAT means the world to me. Thank you.

Thank you all, my Beloved Buddies.

But, DT3? Are you kidding?

-- Mark

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#10 posted 09-16-2018 05:52 PM

Nice work, Mark. It’s a wonderful eye catcher.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 09-16-2018 10:58 PM

Great idea mate and great result.

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

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#12 posted 09-17-2018 01:33 AM

Beautiful results. But the idea of that thing flinging around on a lathe seems like you must have a wild side… or a death wish. ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#13 posted 09-17-2018 01:33 PM

WOW beautiful mann.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#14 posted 09-17-2018 01:43 PM

simply wonderful to look at it is defiantly art …GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 09-17-2018 03:13 PM

you have pushed your turning to new highs my friend.and a dt3 absolutely!.i also agree with swirt that would scare the hell out of me.

-- 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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