"Twister"Carved Juniper Vessel

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Project by scott shangraw posted 02-04-2011 11:44 PM 3334 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

“Twister” is our newest and largest creation. It stands at 5ft tall and about 3ft diameter. Made from an approximate 1000+ year old Alligator Juniper. This beast was quite the undertaking to create. As you can see from the two photos, there was quite a bit of chainsaw work and as our neighbors stated, “Scott wore it as a hat for a while”, when he was carving the inside. Not only did the carving process take a while, but the inlaying of the turquoise and Abalone shell and the sanding was very time consuming. The name “Twister” came about, because the way the carving swirls up the piece, makes it look like a giant tornado.

This piece got a lot of attention at its’ first showing at the SW Arts Festival in the Palm Springs area last weekend. It sure would make a real statement in someones large entryway or in an office.

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 02-04-2011 11:59 PM


Great to see this sort of work. Very cool…...................

That’s getting into your project….......................

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 12:08 AM

it is so nice to see green grass and sunshine in your photos…..I’m ready for Spring!

Wonderful work again Scott!

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 12:37 AM

Sweetness!! Great job, Scott!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Tony Strupulis

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 01:41 AM

Incredible! What do you use to carve the inside?

-- Tony -

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 01:55 AM

Once again, Scott, you outdid yourself! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next. By the way, don’t know if you’ve ever seen this tool, or even if it would be something you’d be interested in. But I watched this YouTube video and decided this one’s going to be my next purchase. Here’s the link to YouTube:


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 02:25 AM

Once again I’m floored. That is AMAZING!!!!! Excellent work Scott and wife(sorry, I don’t know your name).


-- -Zeke- "I hate to rush off, but I gotta go see a man about a log"

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 02:51 AM

Wow, this one is fantastic! Must have taken you a bit of time and a mouthful of sawdust!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 03:20 AM

Beautiful and I love that touch of the inlay, it transforms something that was special into something exceptionally elegant and beautiful.

-- Theresa,

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scott shangraw

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#9 posted 02-05-2011 03:31 AM

Thanks Mark, but notice the snow I’m carving in. I unfortunately didn’t get to go to the show in sunny CA. Stephanie & a friend got to enjoy that.

Tony, I use a chainsaw in the inside also, along with various grinders (Arbor Tech, Kutzall, 36 grit discs).

TZH. THanks for the info. If you get one before me, let me know how it works.

To Zeke & everyone, that is my wife Stephanie. She helps me greatly in the business and the shop.
Thanks to all for looking.

-- Scott NM,

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 05:48 AM

Wow…that’s really cool and unique, I love it! :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 07:18 AM

Scott, this is a one off, love it, the maximum use of what you had to work with, the “extras” great job here

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#12 posted 02-09-2011 06:00 PM

Your work is so refreshing, your carvings are always beautiful! This piece is outstanding.

thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#13 posted 02-16-2011 01:11 PM

Beautiful carving. Thanks.

-- Jiri

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