Southwestern Native American Pot

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Project by Trackman posted 09-15-2021 07:21 PM 371 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is another Southwestern Native American pot that I made last summer. It’s made from African Mahogany, Wenge and Maple burl. It measures 11 ½” by 11 ½”.
I had several little pieces of Maple burl that were too small to do anything with so I got the idea to incorporate them into some of my larger segmented turnings.
I actually made two of these that were identical. Through a friend of a friend, a lady saw a picture of one of them and insisted on buying one from me. I’ve been saying that I wouldn’t ever sell my work, it’s a hobby. However, the lady persisted and made me an offer that I couldn’t refuse. So, I now have a hardwood lumber fund that will last me for the next four or five years. Bottom line…I got greedy and caved in.
I used a Watco Danish oil finish on them. Each vessel got eight coats of oil followed by an abrasive paste and a microcrystalline wax.

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 09-15-2021 07:24 PM

That right there is a sweet-looking pot! I’ve never segmented before (other than pens). I’m intrigued by it… but it would be just another thing I’d be doing.

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#2 posted 09-15-2021 08:04 PM

Some serious styling and assembly skills used there! All before the unit is placed on the lathe.

Good turners can get good money for their skills, you have a retirement fund waiting in your bones 8^)

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#3 posted 09-15-2021 08:37 PM

That is really a great great looking Pot! Makes me want to get out the wedge cutter:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#4 posted 09-15-2021 09:11 PM

Very nice looking !

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#5 posted 09-15-2021 09:12 PM

Beautiful work. Don’t be shy about selling your work that’s how I fund my hobby and a “hobby bisiness” has tax benefits.

-- All I do is with blessings from God. Laus Deo

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#6 posted 09-16-2021 02:39 AM

That is quite beautiful.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 09-16-2021 08:23 AM

Very nice pot!

I also like the idea of the stomper in a jig you can clamp in the vice.

Congrats on the sale!

-- Petey

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#8 posted 09-16-2021 11:53 AM

That’s not greed, that’s just good sense.
That’s a LOT of excellent artistic work in a technically challenging technique and medium, and you deserve to be compensated for it.
Lovely form and design.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#9 posted 09-16-2021 01:25 PM


-- Van, Midland

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#10 posted 09-16-2021 02:34 PM

Segments remind me of the banjo I made in 2013.
Your’s is much more detailed, but same technique. Actually turned mine on a metal lathe at Sam Houston State shop building.

Very nice pot! – Interesting note, the round portion of the banjo is actually called a “pot”, so we both made segmented pots :)

-- Will, TX -- "You may all go to hell and I will go to Texas" - Davy Crockett

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#11 posted 09-16-2021 03:41 PM

Thank your for showing the setup. I am not a turner, but admire the segmented bowls. It was nice to se how it is assembled prior to the lathe.

Also – very nice looking piece.


-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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