Eccentric Goblet

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-17-2018 08:18 AM 1331 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Remember this from our last meeting?

That’s where this Thing came from.

Remember the photos of the sunset and the talk of the thunderstorms, too?
After the storms, we had a couple days of wind – the Santa Anas, which blow from the Northeast, off the desert. On the second day of the “wind event” (that’s what they call it), Tuesday, the wind shifted around and blew all the dust out that came in on Monday.

This is about as clear as the sky gets around here, and the reason Autumn is my favorite time of year.

And, in my wanderings, I came upon this. It reminded me of the lady who turned a cauliflower.

Or any number of those live-edge hollow forms made by turners who really know what they’re doing.

Now, where was I?

The little Jacaranda log, rounded up and tenonated.

And I’ll say this about that. “That” being the use of CA as a topcoat. It’s like putting on about 900 coats of Shellac in less than thirty seconds.

And to think, all this time, I’ve been steadfastly refusing to spend that ridiculous $9-a-bottle for the CA they sell at Rockler. Why? Here’s why:

The Gorilla and Loctite Superglue at HD is the same stuff.

Evidently, it’s not, Smartypants. Now will you leave me be once in a while?

While we’re wandering around together, let us observe one more tableau of arboreal handomeness. These trees I discovered in Beverly Hills last night. They line part of a street just up from Rodeo Drive, almost to Sunset. Theyre in front of a $40 million palace hidden behind the hedges. (Zillow is an amazing thing. It lets one see beyond the hedges.) I don’t know what species they are. Olive, mebbees?

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-17-2018 10:53 AM

Nicely done Mark, The stem looks a little like my spine.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 10-17-2018 11:01 AM

...And the Mad Turner meets Mondrian… Great job, you’ve added more proportion and visual balance to your asymmetrical eccentricity. (Without becoming concentric and symmetrical.)

Thank you for posting

-- Leafherder

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-17-2018 11:08 AM

And that “California Dreamin” comes up with another beauty….........Nice work, Mark!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#4 posted 10-17-2018 01:07 PM

Another beauty from the west side. I’m gonna have to try CA glue for a finish. Hopethings don’t get sticky. Thanks for the tip Mark.

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

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#5 posted 10-17-2018 01:17 PM

Very nice work. You have a good instinct for revealing what the wood is giving you and producing a very nice piece of “art”! Keep it up!

-- RT1

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#6 posted 10-17-2018 01:45 PM

THe best CA I’ve found is from StarBond. Great stuff and super price per oz.

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

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#7 posted 10-18-2018 10:49 PM

A top3 mate, well done

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

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Mark Wilson

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#8 posted 02-14-2019 02:32 AM

John: “Mondrian”? Is that something other than the hotel on the Sunset Strip? If so, please share.

-- Mark

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