acorn urn, lathe project

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Hi everyone, This is an urn I recently finished for a friend, he asked me to make it for his father, an avid outdoorsman. He asked for an acorn and told me to take it from there. Acorn equals oak and I chose white.
I glued up panels 8” wide x 14” then glued and stacked them to make the block which became the nut and base. I then made a smaller block for the cap, with the grain running perpendicular to the nut. I turned the nut first so I could later turn the cap to fit. The base was left after I cut the nut free, I added a mullberry crotch I found along the road. I a piece of fire wood atop the cap and used a common file edge to add a crosshatch. All together quite large at 20” including the stand. It was finished with minwax” golden pecan” on the nut, and Finishworks brand “Asbury” on the cap, base and branches. Then sprayed with conversion varnish. I had a lot of fun with this project, and it helped that I knew the man it was for. My friend was thrilled!
I am very proud, thanks everyone for letting me share! My best to all with your own projects, Phil

-- Phil , Woodworker at Center of the World Wood Shop, New Troy,Mi.

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 02:24 PM

This a beautiful and remarkable Urn unlike any I’ve every seen ,this is a real work of art.This is a fine tribute to your friends father. Fantastic work


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#2 posted 04-07-2014 02:27 PM

Wow, that is so beautiful, amazing work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 02:34 PM

This is a very nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 03:10 PM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 03:14 PM

Very nice indeed, I like what you have done for the stand.
I can imagine that it is so hard to decide what to do with your wood pile “do I burn or turn it”

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#6 posted 04-08-2014 10:34 PM

Looks like a lot of feeling went into this make Phil, your friend has a great mate, not surprised that he was thrilled with this special piece.

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

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#7 posted 04-09-2014 01:12 PM


-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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