Eccentric Goblet - OR - The One That Really Shoulda Broken

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 10-22-2018 12:43 AM 2208 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s a mystery to me why it didn’t. Note the pith that goes through each knuckle and out the side of the cup. It’s the Pith that patheth all underthtanding.

Here’s the log:

I came out here this morning and picked up the aforementioned set aside big Maple bowl, thinking about it, and, thought better of it at this time. So, I scratched my head, did some cleaning up in the Dungeon, and scratched my head some more. I headed out to the back yard and scratched my head over the wood piles out there. Nothing. I headed back into the Dungeon, and, on the way, knocked over the four-foot Camphor log that leaned near the door. I picked it up and laid it along the lathe ways and scratched my head some more. Then, I scratched the log with my Japan saw, thinking about a twisted cup. I though, Nah. Then, I scratched a little farther up the log and decided on a goblet.
It wound up at about 7-1/2”, and, remarkably, didn’t break. It’s the ”perfuit of happineff”, right?
On this one, I tilted it in opposite directions. That is to say that the first, or top, stem is on the central axis, the second, I tilted away from me, the third is on the central axis, the fourth, I tilted towards me, the fifth, away, and, the bottom stem is again on the center. This differs from the previous one in that all tilting went in one direction, then back to the center. Now, of course, with all the tilting and going back to the center, one can never really get right back in exactly the same place, or exactly the opposite place. So, a little off here, a little off there, and, by the time one gets down to the base, even on the center axis there’s quite a bit of wobbling going on at the top end. So much more the mystification over how it didn’t break.
It’s finished with SP, YG, and HS. Wonderful stuff, that YG and HS. I’m really looking forward to putting it to a straight-ahead bowl, and make it shine like a diamond.
Tha’s all I have to say. It’s dinnertime, and I must feed the VOD.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

Oh. Just in case you wondered. Yesterday evening I found myownbadself on the side of the hill on top of which sits Dodger Stadium. I was on College St., cooling my heels, when I noticed a gate in the fence. An actual gate. Not a hole that someone cut. That, too, is a head scratcher. The hillside goes down to the edge of the freeway, a couple hundred feet down a very steep bank. If it was a maintenance access gate, I suppose it would be locked. But it was wide open. It made a great place to take a picture of the L.A. skyline in the deepening dusk.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 01:17 AM

buddy you gotta stop drinking when your turning-lol.very cool stuff my friend,you gotta invite me over and teach me some of your secrets some day.i always love the pics you take of your journeys around socal,places I never even knew about,or maybe shouldn’t.hey I wont tell-ha!

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

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 01:18 AM

looks great. You should have an eccentric Doctors degree by now.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 01:43 AM

Thanks, Larry. You’ll bring a bottle, won’t you?
Brian, seriously. Any time one of these works out, I’m as surprised as I know how to be.

-- Mark

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 02:11 AM

Hi Mark..Well that one worked out just fine! Congratulations!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 10-22-2018 02:18 AM

Maybe it’s just that time of year, but…Are you a wizard? How does that thing even stand up? Has to be magic.

Great job, thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 10-22-2018 03:31 AM

Damn Mark,

Moving forward and backward and upward all at the same time. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 10-22-2018 03:33 AM

You are cranking a few of those through Mark.

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

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#8 posted 10-22-2018 07:09 AM

eccentric goblet for eccentric buddy…lol
you made it better and better
have a nice day,buddy

-- bambi

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#9 posted 10-22-2018 09:22 AM

Mark I would say you enjoy making those great looking goblets. They sure look good from here. I live in Whittier in the 70.s and 80s, I lived through the Wittier earthquake. Live a few blocks away and had lots of damage. I’m pretty sure it has all changed by now.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#10 posted 10-22-2018 01:26 PM

What can I say? Another turning that shouldn’t be. And a nice one, too!

I like the time lapse picture.

Oh, by the way, all your S’s look like F’s. I know it’s “in” but….

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

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#11 posted 10-23-2018 12:54 AM

Nice job Mark, do you have to watch you don’t get your fingers smacked?

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 10-23-2018 07:19 AM

John: No smacking danger, really. However, while parting it off the chuck and with my left hand around the goblet towards the end of the parting, I could definitely feel a danger of cutting from those sharp edges.
Lew: No time lapse. just an ordinary hand-held shot with the camera held against the gate post.
Other John: It stands on its base. The top is almost perfectly aligned with the base.

-- Mark

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#13 posted 01-18-2019 06:54 AM

Lew: Read the Declaration of Independence. It says, very clearly ”...perfuit of happinefs…”

-- Mark

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