Carved Poplar Vase

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This is a vase I made from tulip poplar a year or so ago. I don’t count the number of hours I put in my work, or I wouldn’t be able to finish them, haha. It is 12” tall, and at the knees about 6” diameter. It was turned on center, sanded to 1500 grit, with a blo finish.

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#1 posted 07-15-2011 12:49 AM

That is quite the unique piece. What type of carving equipment do you use? The concave curves are impressive (and probably hard to sand).

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#2 posted 07-15-2011 12:51 AM

Superbly done.
I like the wit behind the idea of a “flower vase”!
I’ll bet this feels like silken skin in your fingers.

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#3 posted 07-15-2011 01:53 AM

Both of your recently posted projects are delightfully strange. Nice work!

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#4 posted 07-15-2011 03:18 AM

Thanks! @bob, I use all types. Whatever works. On pieces with longish legs, i can drill holes on either side of each leg and use a jigsaw to remove the bulk of the waste safely and quickly. For the curves, yeah, it’s tough. But with a honed gouge you can use hand pressure and create a clean shiny cut. I definitely wear my fingers out sanding things, so I made a couple of covers out of masking tape that i put over my thumb and index finger, like a tape turban or something, haha.

@wiggy, it does feel like silk. That’s my favorite quality of this piece. The lightness of the colors, and the lightness of the wood, opened my imagination towards a more feminine piece. So I wanted it to have gentle curves and a very soft smooth texture. It actually had feminine legs when I first made it, but it looked kinda, i don’t know, almost vulgar. They were all on their toes.

@transition, thank you! I can’t get enough of delightfully strange things. I have some more I’ll be posting. Each are weird, haha. I also have some “normal” turnings as well though. I can’t spend all my time carving….

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#5 posted 07-15-2011 04:10 AM

That looks like one of those -tuned into more hours than you meant it to -projects! ...and worth every second!!
Poplar and ash smell good…ash smells like syrup

-- ~christine @ used2btrees

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#6 posted 07-15-2011 07:44 AM

This is a great piece. Love the flow of the pice. It looks like something out of a Tim Burton movie.

-- Nick, AZ. Wood is a canvas for God's art work, it is our job as woodworkers to figur out the best way to display it.

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#7 posted 07-15-2011 08:05 PM

I love unusual designs – isn’t that what art is about? You definitely are an artist, Dave!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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