Thunderbird Vessel

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Project by Trackman posted 10-27-2021 02:36 PM 477 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Pretty much all of the vessels that I’ve made lately have been of the Southwest Native American design. I thought that I’d change things up a bit and make something representative of the Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest coastal tribes this time. To accomplish this, I incorporated a Thunderbird feature ring into this one.
The Thunderbird is a mythological character that appears in many Native American legends. From the numerous stories of the Thunderbird, it is often assumed that Thunderbird is a protector – though at times this creature can be forced to punish those of low moral integrity.
I made this piece out of Cherry, Maple and Walnut. There are 481 total pieces in this wood turning. The intricacy of the Thunderbird feature ring took a long time, as in, most of the summer! It’s finished with 10 coats of polyurethane followed with abrasive paste and wax. As usual, before the finish was dry my wife claimed it as hers. I guess I should be happy that she likes my work!

-- Trackman, Washington

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#1 posted 10-27-2021 03:16 PM

Nice bowl and the Thunderbird is indeed Native American. During WWII the 45 Infantry from Okla and other areas used the Thunderbird as their emblem. Remember it on two of my Uncles things. Always proud of it. Thanks for posting.

-- Ron

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#2 posted 10-27-2021 03:17 PM

That is a first place job.

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#3 posted 10-27-2021 03:46 PM

a very beautiful vessel GREAT JOB :<))))))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#4 posted 10-27-2021 04:37 PM

A lot of time and work, but it is a beautiful vessel great workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 10-27-2021 04:48 PM

That is art right there, very nice art too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 10-27-2021 07:08 PM

That turned out great, no wonder your wife claimed it.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#7 posted 10-27-2021 11:37 PM

Very nice !

-- Ron, Northern Illinois

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#8 posted 10-28-2021 12:22 AM

Nicely done, wonderful turning. With that many pieces I can see why it took a long time, and the layout for the thunderbirds looks very good. Great job

-- Eric, building the dream

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#9 posted 10-28-2021 12:30 AM

Fantastic job.

-- Julian

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#10 posted 10-28-2021 05:44 AM

Incredible! I’d love to see how you made that pattern…I’m scratching my head here. It’s beautiful!

-- Most of my public projects:

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#11 posted 10-28-2021 12:51 PM

Really nice! I like the shape and your Thunderbird design. Beautiful combination of woods as well!

-- “Often wrong but never in doubt”. Dave in WV.

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#12 posted 11-04-2021 09:53 AM

Great work

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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