Diamond basket Illusion Turning

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Project by Julian posted 08-14-2019 03:05 PM 1314 views 2 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a basket illusion, segmented turning made from hard maple. Approximately 10 1/2” x 8” tall. Colored with India ink markers. Each ring is divided into 144 segments and there are 83 rings from top to bottom. The photos are before spraying a matte lacquer. This project was a little time consuming but very satisfying.

-- Julian

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#1 posted 08-14-2019 03:22 PM

Thanks for sharing your project. It is simply mesmerizing! RH

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#3 posted 08-14-2019 03:38 PM

BEAUTIFUL!! If I was a turner,,,, This is what I would want to be able to do.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#4 posted 08-14-2019 03:39 PM

I don’t think that is an illusion at all. That is just hours and hours of tiny cuts, glued to rings, and then turned to perfection, then the real work starts when you did a mental paint by numbers artwork, but there weren’t any numbers, just some intricate pattern you could see in your minds eye . What am I missing here?

It is also fabulous, incredible, beautiful, art. I cannot imagine a living person not wanting to have that in their home, cardboard box, boat, whatever.

Well done, this is truly the Art to woodworking. Thank you for sharing.

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#5 posted 08-14-2019 04:35 PM

well i think TRSN just said it as best i could.your work just keeps getting better and better julian.simply beautiful.

-- 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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#6 posted 08-14-2019 07:00 PM

Ah, I also agree with the Real Steve.

Beautiful work!

-- Petey

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#7 posted 08-14-2019 07:32 PM

Wonderful illusion. Nice job. Shows lots of patience. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 08-14-2019 07:35 PM

Gorgeous! You have a real gift, Julian, along with a LOT of patience and perfectionism!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 08-14-2019 09:25 PM

I could not, would not… just too much patience and a steady hand.

-- Jeff NJ

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#10 posted 08-14-2019 10:15 PM

Thank you all for your comments.

-- Julian

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#11 posted 08-14-2019 11:28 PM

Out standing project!!!

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#12 posted 08-15-2019 05:57 AM

This is totaly mindblowing!! I can’t imagine the amount of work here!!

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#13 posted 08-15-2019 02:25 PM

I have seen many beautiful pieces on this website, and I am in awe of the skill and creativity often presented here. Add this project to that list…and stick it way up near the top.
How one visualizes and creates such a thing is beyond me. The skill and patience involved is only part of it…the ability to see in the minds eye and make it real is the true gift of artistic genius…



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#14 posted 08-15-2019 09:30 PM

Hey Julian,
Amazing work there!

This project was a little time consuming but very satisfying,
Only a little time consuming? or just very modest?

-- Regards Rob

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#15 posted 08-16-2019 12:08 PM

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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