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Project by Woodhacker posted 05-14-2008 12:50 AM 2436 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Trifern got me inspired to try some turnings. Since I only have a mini lathe, with these goblets, I think I’ve reached my lathe’s undersized, underpowered capacity.

The beauty in this kind of turning is that there’s no cost of material. Trifern, you’ve been making so many great pieces lately, I just grabbed some of your lathe shavings that happened to be blowing through Kansas…and these were the result.

Even though I make quite a few pen/pencil sets, I know I could never reach the skill that some of you LJ’s have on the lathe. I admire all you real woodturners out there.

(I officially apologize to all LJs for this post…I couldn’t help myself)

-- Martin, Kansas

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#1 posted 05-14-2008 01:04 AM

I think you underestimate yourself. I’m sure more control is needed to keep from screwing these up than is needed to make a bigger bowl.

thanks for sharing!

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#2 posted 05-14-2008 01:24 AM

I agree with Darryl. It is harder to do something like this than it is to make a full sized piece. These miniatures are simply fabulous.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-14-2008 01:26 AM

Hey these look good to me. Smaller is harder—- give yourself some credit.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 05-14-2008 01:26 AM

Awesome dude! That is so cool. I showed my daughter your work and she said “What for?” & I said “Because”. That’s why.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#5 posted 05-14-2008 01:42 AM

Great Job! I kinda want to put some ice cream in that first one…hahah

-- -- Remember, a chip on the shoulder is a sure sign of a woodturner.

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#6 posted 05-14-2008 02:44 AM

I concur… even about the ice cream! Great job!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#7 posted 05-14-2008 03:03 AM

don’t give these to children under 3

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 05-14-2008 03:08 AM

I admire your patience and delicate touch required to turn something so dainty. Your sawdust turnings certainly put a lot of my large turnings to shame. I am honored to be an inspiration – that’s what Lumberjocks is all about, inspiring and pushing each other to pursue their own passions. I discovered tonight that pen turning requires it’s own set of skills. It is not forgiving and many parts need to be quite exacting. I blew out one piece due to lack of patience and wanting to “hog out” the diameter too quickly. Oh well, live and learn. Patience is definitely something I need to work on. Than you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#9 posted 05-14-2008 03:39 AM

Thanks for the comments!

TedM / Puzzled, here you go you’ll have to fight each other for it…

-- Martin, Kansas

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#10 posted 05-14-2008 04:31 AM

:-) Very cool, thanks for sharing these cool goblets!

-- Tim D. - Woodstock, GA

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#11 posted 05-14-2008 04:31 AM

wow…u must have really small gouges…and thick glasses!!!!! very cool… how big is your scrap wood pile???

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 05-14-2008 04:42 AM

I can’t even imagine what kind of tools you used!

Excellent Work!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 05-14-2008 05:38 PM


-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 07-12-2008 10:13 PM

Forget the tiny gouges, what about the tiny boring bars!! Man, don’t sneeze!! These are tiny!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#15 posted 01-07-2009 05:10 PM

Fantastic, but where did you get such a huge dime ;)

-- Kate,

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