Rocky Mountain Red Juniper Vase

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Project by TZH posted 11-22-2020 02:59 PM 1432 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Rocky mountain red juniper can be a very challenging species to work with, but the results can also be some of the most spectacular of all!

This vase measures 14” high by 10” in diameter at the top with a 5 1/2” diameter bottom and a 6” deep carveout.

I lopped off two approximately 15” long rounds from this log to start:

I discovered there was rot in the center that goes all the way through:

That almost prompted me to scrap the project and use the logs for firewood, but not quite….the heartwood grain gave this piece such a unique character.

After cleaning everything up by removing the bark and rough grinding the sides, I hogged out the center:

From there, I decided to fill the center hole with a combination of epoxy mixed with juniper sawdust:

The results of layering the epoxy/sawdust combination were satisfactory:

There were also several large cracks that were also filled with the epoxy/sawdust combination:

From that point forward, it became a simple matter of grinding off excess epoxy, doing some final shaping with a variety of grinding/carving tools, and lots of both mechanical and hand sanding to get the results shown in the finished vase in the featured photos.

This one was also finished using a sanding sealer to begin with followed by multiple coats of hand rubbed gloss polyurethane varnish, and finished with a coat of rub-on beeswax furniture polish.

While this one was certainly a very time consuming and sometimes frustrating challenge, I’m very satisfied with the final results.

Comments and feedback are welcome.

Thanks for looking.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 11-22-2020 03:55 PM

That’s beautiful.

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#2 posted 11-22-2020 04:06 PM

Beautiful work.
The sawdust/epoxy save was brilliant.
Great piece!

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#3 posted 11-22-2020 05:28 PM

That is really a work of Art!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 11-22-2020 05:35 PM

man that was a lot of grinding and sculpting but the result is gorgeous.nice work.

-- 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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#5 posted 11-22-2020 05:51 PM

Exquisite piece. thanks for sharing.

-- Author of POWER CARVING BOOTS & SHOES - Schiffer Publishing. Available online or your favourite bookstore.

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#6 posted 11-23-2020 04:12 PM

Nice work!

Chasing the holes/cracks in Juniper is a challenge enough for flat work, I can’t imagine the work for a hollow form, but you certainly took care of that!

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#7 posted 11-23-2020 09:17 PM

very nice. I thought it was turned on a lathe so thanks for the play by play.

-- oops, I just learned something.

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#8 posted 11-23-2020 11:27 PM

Thanks, everyone, for you positive feedback. Much appreciated!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#9 posted 11-25-2020 02:18 PM

Excellent work on the vase. Looks like the perfect finish for a beauty like this.

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

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#10 posted 12-01-2020 03:38 AM

Beautiful work…. and that color is just incredible.

-- Galootish log blog,

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