Maple vase

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Project by LesB posted 05-03-2022 11:07 PM 363 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The weed post blmac4 posted encouraged me to post this vase I just finished. In 40+ years It is only the second vase or weed pot I have ever tried.
It is literally made from fire wood. I was splitting some sections of Big Leaf Maple for fire wood when I noticed this chunk had a wavy cross grain pattern so I set it to the side and let it dry. Obviously it was a good choice. The cross grain. tiger, or fiddle back grain pops right out on the finished vase. It is 12” tall and finished with walnut oil and Generals salad bowl finish. My wife wants to put fresh flowers in it so I put a 3/4” copper pipe in for a water proof liner.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#1 posted 05-04-2022 12:47 AM

looks great les,maybe you need to do more of these ?

-- 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 05-04-2022 01:03 PM

Nice save from the firewood box, that turned out great. Has very nice figure and color.

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#3 posted 05-04-2022 04:30 PM

Do more vases Les~
Love it and that you pulled it from the firewood pile is even better.
Nice form and beautiful grain. Great finish too.

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#4 posted 05-04-2022 08:36 PM

Les, that was a great save on a killer piece of fiddleback firewood. Then you did a bang up job of converting it to a beautiful weed vase. Nice job on both

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 05-04-2022 10:26 PM

Good thing is that you saw the potential in the firewood, bad thing is you’ll never stop examining every log you intend to burn!

Great figure and shape!

If you do more, might consider glass/plastic inserts (test tubes or the skinny bud vases at WalMart), the copper may do funky things to fresh flowers.

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#6 posted 05-05-2022 12:03 AM

Thank folks. I’m always looking for something new to tackle.

Splingergroup….I go through about 3 cords of fire wood a winter all from my own property. Most of it is Douglas fir. But on the maple, ash, wild cherry, apple, and a couple of other varieties that get into the mix I do watch for interesting pieces. My favorite is crotch pieces. I still have a couple more pieces of this fiddle grain but they are smaller so I will have to come up with ideas on what to do with them.

-- Les B, Oregon

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