Another Urn

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Project by Fuzzman posted 04-18-2012 01:27 AM 1831 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I rescued this wood from the firewood pile. The sides are Black Walnut Crotch wood and the top and bottom are spalted hardwood of unknown species. It is very hard whatever it is. It is finished natural with spar gloss varnish.

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#1 posted 04-18-2012 01:39 AM

Beautiful woods! You did a great job on this and the spalted wood is to die for—-no pun intended. Just a stunning finish on it too.

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#2 posted 04-18-2012 01:46 AM

What amazing wood. I really like your design as well.

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#3 posted 04-18-2012 03:59 AM


There is a lot to like about this urn. I like that you have made the top three dimensional and that your technique has really heightened the grain pattern. It added a real “wow” to an already wonderfully spalted piece of wood (maple?). Isn’t it amazing what beauty nature can create even with fungus and decay?

The crotch walnut is stunning as well. I like the idea of including the same wood on the top and bottom to sort of tie the design together. Echoing the slanted top with slanted sides is another nice design touch that was added difficulty but a real plus in eye appeal.

I take it that the top was cut on a band saw and carefully sanded, but were the sides jointed to an angle or cut thick then tapered? I am also having difficulty getting a good fix on the general dimensions of this urn. It looks pretty sizable, but it could be camera distortion. You must have developed a sophisticated jig for your top cuts or worked from a fairly long piece of wood.

Regardless, it is good work and great craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

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#4 posted 04-18-2012 04:58 AM

What an awesome piece to rest for eternity in! You did good.

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#5 posted 04-18-2012 05:19 AM

Beautiful urn, well done

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#6 posted 04-18-2012 06:07 AM


This is extremely appealing! Everything about it is exceptional . . . sleek design, stunning wood selection, top-notch workmanship. Thanks for sharing.


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#7 posted 04-18-2012 12:14 PM

Amazing job and wood! Great work!!!!!!

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#8 posted 04-18-2012 12:49 PM

Fuzzman; Beautiful work, wood, finish. The tapered sides and the pyramidal top give it a soaring quality, and the wood combo is striking. The book matching around the corner is a great artistic and craftsmanship touch. This is a piece to be proud of.

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#9 posted 04-18-2012 01:08 PM

great job. I like the detail and interest you have added by the pyramid top and angled side. Tthe finish on the top is great.

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#10 posted 04-18-2012 11:46 PM

Wow what a great combo of timber, just a wonderful design and workmanship thank for showing…BC

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#11 posted 04-21-2012 02:24 AM

nice work,love the top

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