Sapele & Pecan Urn

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Project by MrWolfe posted 05-28-2022 01:00 PM 509 views 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is urn #2 in my recent builds. I have a few lidded hollow forms that I am not calling urns though I suppose they could be used as urns. I am calling this one an urn because it has a 16 t.p.i. threaded lid.

This urn has a pecan body, a threaded ash collar, a threaded oak post, sapele lid with an ash finial. The pecan body did not move quite so much after I hollowed the form. The body is end grain hollowed and the wood movement seems to be much less severe as the movement from face grain hollowing. The opening was slightly oval so I trued that up to round by hand. I used silica desiccant beads to speed up the moisture loss after I first turned the body. The piece was buried in the beads for about a week and the pecan was fairly well seasoned before I turned it.

After trueing up the opening I tried some new techniques to remount the piece to also true up the concave pocket the collar sits in. The threaded collar and threaded post were fairly straight forward for the cutting but I did use C.A. glue on both threads to strengthen them and then recut them a second time. The sapele lid was chosen because the recent thread and work of Paolo and his site I have used Sapele before and knew about the chatoyancy that can be achieved with this wood. I thought the Beall polishing process would really enhance that aspect of it.

The Sapele & Pecan Urn is 5” wide by 6” tall without the lid and just over 7 1/2” with the lid.
I lightly sanded this piece to 600 grit followed by tripoli and white diamond sanding compounds. That was followed by Howard’s Feed and Wax and hand buffed. Finally, the urn was waxed with carnauba wax.

Here is a picture of the lid that shows the chatoyance that is revealed in the sapele.

As always…
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 05-28-2022 01:04 PM

Your work is wonderful!

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#2 posted 05-28-2022 02:33 PM

Beautiful work, another classic oriental shape. Love the contrast between body and lid. Nothing wrong with calling this an urn – the word does not have to mean a container for cremated remains. Urn can also be a container with a spigot for serving coffee or tea, or a garden vessel for holding planted or cut flowers. The key characteristics of urns are bulbous body and wide round top opening. Vases have narrow openings at the top and ewers have pouring spouts. Yours looks like it fits the definition. :-)

Thanks for posting. Have a great holiday weekend.

-- Leafherder

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#3 posted 05-28-2022 02:40 PM

Nice precision work, fine threads like these on wood baffle me, mine would be as jagged as a rip saw.

You are building quite a collection of “themed” containers! You are going to need a display case with nice lighting to show them off, museum style 8^)

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#4 posted 05-28-2022 04:34 PM

real nice work jon,love the threaded lid.

-- 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 05-28-2022 06:45 PM

Beautiful job, thanks for sharing!

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#6 posted 05-28-2022 07:07 PM

A perfect marriage of a beautiful wood, and excellent turning of a form that is just right for the wood. Nice work my friend.

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#7 posted 05-28-2022 08:09 PM

Pretty, Jon!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#8 posted 05-28-2022 08:31 PM

beautiful vessel

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#9 posted 05-29-2022 02:24 AM

That is a beautiful turning, those threads must have been difficult, wonderful finish. Well done.

-- Eric, building the dream. the "Loft"

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#10 posted 05-29-2022 03:46 AM

Beautiful! Quite a tribute.

-- Phil, Missouri,

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#11 posted 05-29-2022 08:12 PM

Jon, that came out great. I like the choice of woods, they really compliment each other.

-- "The Answer Is Blowin'n In The Wind" John D, OP, KS

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#12 posted 05-29-2022 08:36 PM

Thats a wonderful compliment.

Thanks for the clarification. I was basing my perspective on potential use. I suppose “vessel” covers all of those different distinctions. This piece seems as though it could be an urn or lidded vase but not an ewer. I’ll remember the differences now. As always, thanks for the comment!

I’ve been using a special set of lathe tools/scrapers for cutting the threads. Its more intimidating than difficult and once the first set is done the whole process is very easy (and a bit addicting).
I like themes and I really enjoy bouncing back and forth between them. It helps keep things interesting for me.
Can’t wait to see more from you and your adventures in copper!
Thanks for the kind words.

Its hard not to want to put threads on everything now.

Thank you Sir. I appreciate the comment.
Thanks for looking!

Thanks! The ash almost matched the tone in the pecan, certainly more than I thought it would at first. The sapele really sets off the piece and the ash finial visually brings it back to the pecan/ash. Thanks for the great compliment!

Thank you. I was pleasantly surprised too.

Thanks! I like this one too.

The thread cutting scrapers make it easy and practice makes it easier.
I’ve been working on my finishes and I’m pretty happy with the progress.
Thanks for the kind words.

This one is part of my own collection for now but I think it would make a nice tribute for someone at some point.
Thank you.

The sapele was fun to work with, fun enough that I wish I had a big enough piece to make a large vessel. I was pretty happy with how the different woods all came together.

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#13 posted 05-31-2022 02:16 AM

Very nice work. I see those threads are becoming a addictive thing. They look great too.

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

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#14 posted 06-02-2022 03:37 AM

Yes… very addictive. I’m enjoying making the threaded lids.

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#15 posted 06-08-2022 02:40 AM

Very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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