First Try at Multi-Axis a la Barbara Dills

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-03-2018 04:41 PM 1420 views 2 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, I watched a video wherein a very accomplished turner made something look easy. It’s not easy. But, you know what? She had a first attempt, too, at some point, didn’t she? It has to get better, right?
I started with a little log of Jacaranda, about 5-3/4” long and, after roughing round, maybe, 2-1/4” to 3” fat. I have two more little logs to move on to. I’ll spare you too much verbiage, at this time, and move on. When I have something intelligent to say about the process, I’ll perhaps give you a tour.
I didn’t put a whole lot of effort into the finish on this. I just sanded it to 600 (Jacaranda is easy to sand), and slathered it with Howards Feed n’ Wax to wake up the figure, inside and out, and gave the outside a cursory coat of WOP. Then, I photographed it on a gloomy day. Stay tuned. Something could come of this. Right?

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-03-2018 04:51 PM

very nice,Mark
I´ve tried too and it is very interesting
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#2 posted 10-03-2018 04:52 PM

your skil level just keeps climbing higher with each new post,i dont no how you achieved this shape but im impressed my friend,cant wait to see what you create when you perfect this technique.nice work.

-- 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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#3 posted 10-03-2018 06:25 PM

Mark, this method of turning produces a pleasing shape. Continue on brother I think you are on to something exciting.

-- 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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#4 posted 10-03-2018 06:56 PM

You,re getting into the tricky stuff here Mark, well done great result

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

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#5 posted 10-03-2018 07:02 PM

Interesting Mark, I’ll be following your progress!

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#6 posted 10-03-2018 07:02 PM

Nice piece, Mark. Barbara Dill is good person to follow!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#7 posted 10-03-2018 07:45 PM

New horizons are always good to chase. you look to be catching up on this one.Good luck withthe next one.

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

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#8 posted 10-03-2018 08:47 PM

Really interesting shape, Mark. I like the twist element.

I checked out her website. Very interesting.

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

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#9 posted 10-03-2018 10:30 PM

And the Mad Turner strikes again (remember that is a compliment). I wish my first attempts turned out that nice, and I only use hand tools. Asymmetrical is IN this year. Congratulations on a beautiful turning and a Daily Top Three.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 10-04-2018 12:56 AM

Geez Mark, you are really turning out some nice stuff. Love the way your experimenting is going.
Keep up the good work.
Thanks for sharing.


-- 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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#11 posted 10-04-2018 01:15 AM

Some nice grain in those jobs Mark.

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

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#12 posted 10-04-2018 04:26 AM

Gotta start to finish. Good job!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 10-04-2018 05:02 AM

Very interesting and unique shape!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-04-2018 10:05 AM

Thank you all, very much, for your support. I earned myownbadself a day off, says VIMH. So I’l be mounting up another after I sleep it off.

-- Mark

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