Two Small Goblets (Tea Light Holders, Really)

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 12-17-2018 06:57 PM 1304 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was “between pens,” inasmuch as I couldn’t proceed til I got a new reamer (I did that, yesterday – see next posting). These came out of the same short stick of Kumquat. There, I said it. Kumquat. Is that a tree, or a plant? I don’t know, but it sure is pretty. And easy to work with. Picture taking a frozen stick of butter and turning it on the lathe. (Peter Brown would do that. Maybe, I’ll try it someday.) That’s what I imagine this was like.
I started, night before last, with the taller of the two. I incorporated a slight eccentricity in the base. I completed the taller of the two last night and started and completed the shorter one last night. The colors that appeared in this wood(?) are stunning. Being color challenged, I can’t really tell what those colors are (though I definitely see yellow and pink). I finished them with Yorkshire Grit and about seven coats of Hampshire Sheen. In the photos, the shine, which is really quite nice, is only really apparent in the first shot, wherein I used the flash.
These are just the right size for tea candles.

Thank you. And, I apologize.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 12-17-2018 07:16 PM

They are pretty! I had to look twice to realize how small they are.

Everytime I hear “Kumquats”, I am reminded of the hilarious W.C. Fields movie- “It’s a Gift”.

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

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#2 posted 12-17-2018 07:33 PM

very nice,Mark

-- bambi

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#3 posted 12-17-2018 10:16 PM

nice work,yeah that wood is gorgeous,maybe your next pen wood huh?

-- 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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#4 posted 12-17-2018 10:19 PM

Hi Mark,

beautiful mini goblets/tea light holders. Kumquats are a variety of citrus fruit – think shrubby tree (smaller and bushier than the average tree, but larger and more tree-like than the average shrub). A tasty fruit not as sweet as oranges but not as tart as lemons, small and kind of oval shaped with thick rinds and large seeds. Very good for use in marmalades and chutneys. I have used them in cooking and tried to grow some as houseplants but no luck. I will have to try again with wood that looks like that.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 12-17-2018 11:33 PM

Nice looking goblets, Mark. that is pretty wood. You did well!!

It is a tree and you can buy one here:

Cheers, Jim

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

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#6 posted 12-18-2018 01:48 AM

I like using odd timbers also, you never know what surprise will be waiting.
Great job.


-- 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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#7 posted 12-18-2018 01:57 AM

Cool looking, great job !!!

-- MEL, Kansas

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#8 posted 12-18-2018 04:09 AM

They look cool Mark. That wood looks so much like some of the Locust I have.

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

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#9 posted 12-18-2018 04:13 AM

Nice quick project…. I’m working my way up to it !

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#10 posted 12-18-2018 05:01 AM

Good work to keep man bussy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 12-18-2018 05:29 AM

Mr Eccentric keeps tuning eccentric things, better all the time. Super nice that wood, sounds radical and looks fantastic.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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Mark Wilson

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#12 posted 12-18-2018 11:53 AM


-- Mark

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#13 posted 12-18-2018 05:39 PM

Very nice Mark.

-- 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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#14 posted 12-19-2018 11:40 PM

Good one Mark.

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

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#15 posted 12-21-2018 05:12 AM

Nice colours in the wood Mark, I haven’t seen anything like it.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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