Decorative Juniper Vase

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Project by TZH posted 07-10-2021 02:09 PM 893 views 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one was originally destined for the firewood pile as some pieces sometimes are before I realize I might have a diamond in the rough.

It almost made it to that pile during the process of making it, too. My frustration with this piece kept mounting and mounting because no matter how I looked at it, it wasn’t appealing to me with its almost straight up and down shape.

Plus, the usual unusual (see what I did there) grain of juniper just wasn’t popping in this piece like it almost always does.

After much procrastination and mumbling curse words under my breath….well, maybe not under my breath….I finally decided to try my hand at freehand fluting. Dang if that didn’t work, and very well if I do say so myself.

Sorry for the sideways ‘pose’ in the above pic. I ain’t no tech wiz by any stretch of the imagination, and I couldn’t figure out how to get the photo vertical. Anyway, the grain did eventually pop, and the fluting did add to the flow of the piece.

It measures 14 inches high. The top is 8 inches in diameter, and the bottom is 5 inches in diameter.

The finish is multiple coats of gloss hand-rubbed polyurethane varnish.

Thanks for looking.


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#1 posted 07-10-2021 05:19 PM

that is awesome,love the shape it really accentuates the beautiful wood.great job.

-- 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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#2 posted 07-10-2021 05:34 PM

Awesome indeed.
Great save and I’m going out to my firewood pile to see if I have any diamonds in the rough.

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#3 posted 07-10-2021 05:53 PM

Dang! That came out pretty once you figured out the right technique for the piece of wood. Well done!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 07-10-2021 06:15 PM

You did an excellent job on the vase. Also gave me an idea or two. beautiful work TZH.

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

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#5 posted 07-10-2021 07:22 PM

Excellent vase with a great proportions and the finish is awesome. Impressed.

-- Ron

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#6 posted 07-10-2021 11:45 PM

Very nice work!

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#7 posted 07-11-2021 02:35 AM

Damn! (that one was not under my breath either) That came out great. i like the fluting. Was that with a hook knife or a grinder?
I really like the way the fluting alters the shape of the mouth too. Gives it kind of a tulip shape. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-11-2021 02:47 AM

Wow!!! Thankyou for not “chucking it”, that sure did turn out beautiful.
I love the fluting, especially up the top, just gives it the final POP.

Thanks for sharing and congratulations on a 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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#9 posted 07-11-2021 05:19 AM

Reminds me of the Eastern Red Cedar I work with. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#10 posted 07-11-2021 05:25 AM

Thanks, everyone, for your positive feedback and kind words.

swirt, the fluting was done with my long neck Makita die grinder with Saburr Tooth cup rasp followed by a simple 3M sanding wheel I got at Ace Hardware near where I live. That was followed by a lot of hand sanding.

-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#11 posted 07-11-2021 08:16 PM

Love it! I have several pieces of juniper laying around and now I know what to do with one of them.

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#12 posted 07-12-2021 01:23 AM

Very cool, looks great…So full of nature…well done…

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#13 posted 07-12-2021 02:22 PM

Outstanding! It looks like a flower itself. Glad you kept trying, that piece is a keeper.

-- John D, OP, KS

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