Open Segment Vases

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Project by TheDane posted 12-07-2021 08:48 PM 537 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are 5-1/4” tall and 3” in diameter, spalted maple with purpleheart and maple feature ring. The finish is Tried & True Original (polymerized linseed oil and beeswax).

These were inspired by the work of Sue Harker.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 12-07-2021 09:00 PM

Those are very nice. They are also unique to me with the angle the future rings are set. Good Job.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#2 posted 12-07-2021 09:32 PM

Very eye-catching with that skewed ring. Nice work!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#3 posted 12-07-2021 10:03 PM

At 5 1/4” tall those are some tiny pieces of wood in the segmented portion. I like them both a lot, but lean toward the spalted one. :-))))

-- Think safe, be safe

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#4 posted 12-07-2021 11:24 PM

those are fantastic gerry.thats a lot of detail in a small vase.

-- 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 12-07-2021 11:43 PM

very nice work. good design and execution. Lovely

-- Ron

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#6 posted 12-08-2021 04:55 AM

Really nice. I like how you angled the open segments.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#7 posted 12-08-2021 06:14 AM

Who thinks to tilt the segments like that? You did, Gerry. You did. Would you mind sharing with the rest of the class a little of the how of it? It’s an excellent effort, good sir. And, in my favorites, too, waiting to her the how of it.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 12-08-2021 03:50 PM

Would you mind sharing with the rest of the class a little of the how of it?

I’ll see if I can describe how they were done!

First, I made a set of solid rings about 4” in diameter (one for each vase), and sliced them in two on the bandsaw. I intentionally over-sized the width of the rings to account for the off-center orientation when they were turned. Both rings were cut at the same time (bandsaw slicing jig), resulting in 4 rings ~5/16” thick.

I glued one of the resulting rings to a waste block, thicknessed and flattened it, then built the open segment layers on the lathe (stock for them was cut on the tablesaw with a ‘wedgie sled’) ...

... then glued the other ring to the open segments, thicknessed and flattened it.

The maple blanks started out as square stock (about 4” x 4” x 9”) that I sliced at a 30 degree angle. I used hot glue to mount 1” wide strips along three sides to keep the blanks from sliding under clamping pressure, and glued the feature ring into place.

After the glue dried overnight, it was just a matter of turning and hollowing like you would do any other piece.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#9 posted 12-08-2021 07:32 PM

Those are really nice, thanks for the tips.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#10 posted 12-09-2021 01:55 AM

Beautiful vases, they may be small but they really have that Wow factor in the angled segment. Great job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#11 posted 12-10-2021 05:23 PM

Cool looking vases.

-- Julian

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#12 posted 12-15-2021 12:20 AM

Nice work and great symmetry between the two.

-- Vince

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