Eccentric Goblet

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-14-2018 06:06 PM 908 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As long as you don’t look too closely, this looks pretty good. I like it. I’m not saying you’re required to like it. But, I certainly am inviting you to. It stands 8” tall. Jacaranda it is. From a Jacaranda tree it came. Finished in Shine Juice and CA, after the manner of the penmakers among us. Very difficult it was to make. I’ll do better, next time.

And, as a little distraction:
I was driving off the Santa Monica Pier, day before yesterday, when I spied with my little eye, something truly beautiful.

Less than an hour later, I walked out of the place I had gone into for dinner, and, I found myownbadself strolling in drist and mizzle. I said, ”What madness is this? Water? Falling out of the sky? Unheard of. That’s ridiculous.”
Then, shortly after I got in the car and began trawling again, there was thunder. There was lightning.
”Thunderstorms? Whaaaa? Did I walk through some kind of portal and step into Kansas or something? We don’t do that here.”

You’re a nut.

You stay out of it.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 06:31 PM

Hi Mark,

Me likes it. Kind of like Picasso designed a drinking vessel, or Danish Modern meets Crankshaft.

Lovely sunsets you have out there, but I thought you Californites liked rain – doesn’t it keep the brush fires at bay? And causes those mudslides that that keep your health spas supplied with clay and kelp facial masks?

I think you’ve been listening to too much 1970’s Easy Listening Music. “It never rains in California, but girl don’t they warn you, it pours, man it pours…” And now that song will be stuck in your head for two days. You’re welcome.

And I apologize.

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 06:47 PM

Does your lathe have a bent shaft of something? :-) I can’t even imagine how to make something like that. Very nice, Mark.

-- Brent H. --"This retirement stuff is hard work. I need to go get a job so I can get some rest!"

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 06:59 PM

Wow. That was quick.
Thanks John. Unfamiliar with that song. I’m rather ambivalent regarding rain. I don’t need it. My crops are fine.
Brent, a man of your talents? I don’t believe for a minute you don’t know how that’s done.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 07:49 PM

I’d say you are getting that off set turning thing down pat!

Many years ago, I was Scuba diving at Whaler’s Cove, at Point Lobos. After the dive, while trying to get warm, there was a thunderstorm that passed through. People were running, screaming and confessing sins. Jeez, is just a little thunderstorm! Of course, a few days later, there was an earthquake- I was down on my knees praying and they were laughing.

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 08:31 PM

Cool work, Mark You are on the eccentric trail!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 10-14-2018 08:35 PM

AH! Wonderful pictures!

The goblet is very nice too!

I like the a little out of _shpeaook.

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

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#7 posted 10-14-2018 09:04 PM

I think you listen The Doors in your shop and result is beautiful and unusual goblet.

-- bambi

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#8 posted 10-14-2018 09:38 PM

You really have to get new bearings for your lathe Mark, then you can get a straight stem on your goblets. Very good turning considering your lathe problems!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 10-14-2018 11:30 PM

so this is what LSD does too you-lol!incredible as usual buddy.

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

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Mark Wilson

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#10 posted 10-14-2018 11:57 PM

Lew: To you, “earthquake.” To most of us, “footrub.”
rjR: ”_shpeaook:??
Bambi: The Doors? Is that someone I’m supposed to know?
Mike: The lathe that wouldn’t run straight (the Shopsmith) is in the back yard. You want it?
Larry: LSD? Loafing, sleeping, and doing nothing? The only LSD I’ve ever seen.
Thank you all.
About to start another one. Wait here a minute.

-- Mark

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#11 posted 10-15-2018 12:08 AM

I just picked up the other half of the log this came from, and discovered that I mis-identified the wood on this. This is Cape Chestnut. The one I thought was Camphor, is Jacaranda. That’s the one I’m about to mount. The “other half” – Cape Chestnut – will sit for a while and decide later what it wants to do.

Cape Chestnut


-- Mark

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#12 posted 10-15-2018 02:03 AM

Congrats on the new DT3!

-- Leafherder

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#13 posted 10-15-2018 04:06 AM

Impresive,very good and interesting work.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 10-15-2018 05:26 AM

Congrats on your DT3 mate, I really like the Goblet, getting pretty good at that eccentric turning.
Love the photos too.


-- 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 10-15-2018 02:32 PM

Nicely done Mark. You definitely have the concentric turning down.

-- 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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