Vase for a Cause

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Project by Ryan Haasen posted 11-14-2013 12:31 AM 14331 views 16 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second large segmented vase I have built and donated to the local Community Crisis Centre auction, where it sold for $2900! As some of you may recall, I built a vase of a similar shape, but a slightly different segmented pattern, last year for this same auction. That vase sold for $2800, so I was very happy when this vase topped last year’s by $100! Of course all of this money is donated to the shelter, where help is provided to those suffering from abuse. This vase is about 32” tall, and 11.5” wide at it’s widest point. The woods used include, in order of largest to smallest quantity used; Walnut, Maple, Cherry, and Gaboon Ebony. I really enjoy working with ebony, I just wish it wasn’t so expensive! I included a bunch of photos below of the steps made to complete this vessel, but if you seek more information about how it was built, feel free to take a look at the post of my previous vase:

Here are some photos of the construction:

I used hose clamps for gluing the layers together this time. It worked MUCH better than the surgical tubing that I used on the last one!

I sandwiched the layers between pieces of laminate during glueing to ensure the faces were flat.

Every time I glued a couple of layers together, I put the bundle on the lathe and hand-turned the piece while holding a pencil up to the face to create a line that is centred according to the lathe’s rotation This was done so the next bundle of layers glued to this bundle could be glued in accordance to this centre rotation line created on the lathe, not to the previous bundle. This is just to prevent the accumulation of error that would cause the final vessel to be completely unbalanced.

I turn the inside of the opening before I glue it to the rest of the vessel.

It sure is exciting to finally get it mounted on the lathe after all the cutting and gluing! This is where the fun happens!

Carved to it’s final shape and ready for sanding:

After several coats of Wipe-on Poly and polishing. I can’t remember how many coats I applied, I just kept adding more until it shined enough for my taste!

Thanks for taking a look,


-- Ryan

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#1 posted 11-14-2013 12:49 AM

Ryan … This is a very piece piece. Well done! And a terrific cause, as well.

I’m trying work up the courage to start one of these. When I get the rings glued up, I am thinking of trying a technique that Curt Theobald ( ) detailed in a presentation at our local turner’s club a few weeks ago. He glues on one ring at a time, turns it to near finial thickness, then glues the next ring, etc. He uses an aluminum cone on the tailstock to keep the rings concentric. He had the cone specially made … it is about 8” in diameter and appears to about 30 degrees.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 11-14-2013 01:52 AM

Wow, that’s beautiful vase for a great cause. However, I kept getting side track by the Pink Floyd posters… as someone who has collected a lot of Floyd stuff over the years I love the posters!

-- David

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#3 posted 11-14-2013 02:33 AM

Wow! Absolutley gorgeous!

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#4 posted 11-14-2013 02:45 AM

Beautiful – and congrats on the auction success!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 11-14-2013 04:26 AM

epic, thanks for the process pics. love it!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#6 posted 11-14-2013 05:09 AM

Nice work Ryan! I just got my first lathe, think I’ll be taking a quick lesson at Blackforest!

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#7 posted 11-14-2013 05:19 AM

Absolutely wonderful, both the cause and the vase. Wish I could be game enough to try one.

Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#8 posted 11-14-2013 06:02 AM

G’Day Ryan, Only one word…MAGNIFICENT…..

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#9 posted 11-14-2013 11:24 AM

WOW!!...That is an awesome vase and excellent turning and patience in constructing all those rings and then producing a magnificent piece of art.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#10 posted 11-14-2013 01:27 PM

Wow! Very impressive !

-- jroot

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#11 posted 11-14-2013 03:57 PM

What a great project. I especially like the large size.

-- Julian

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#13 posted 11-14-2013 08:40 PM

Very Nice Work Indeed! Thanks For Sharing.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#14 posted 11-14-2013 09:11 PM

This is one of the finest segmented turnings I’ve ever seen. Fantastic job, and thanks for sharing the extra build pictures. Making those rings looks tedious as heck.

-- Allen, Colorado (Instagram @bobasaurus_woodworking)

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#15 posted 11-14-2013 09:36 PM

That’s beautiful.Nice way to donate also….

-- Dennis Stallings; I am what I am,And that's all what I am...

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