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I was looking through my wood projects image files, & discovered all kinds of Wood turnings.

So I figured I'd add a few to LJ's today.

These 3 vases came from a Silver Maple I had in my backyard. It cost me $700 to have it removed.

It was kind of a tearful event. I had planted it from a seed in 1958, & It was about 2 feet in diameter.

It had a crotch in it that I was afraid would destroy our house if it ever broke. After cutting it down found

that the squirrels had hollowed it out at the crotch.

These vases are all about 9" high. I used a "Lebron" hard bar wax for a friction finish.

Check out some of my other turnings here.

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Dick,

Very nice work! Can you elaborate on your hollowing techniques?
 

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Nice vases, Dick. $700 for the material was kind of expensive, though. :)
 

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For these kind I vases don't usually hollow them with real thin sides. You don't need a large water reservoir,

because we only use dry flowers. I think it's a waste of time. Once you set it on a shelf no one can tell the difference. I use a bowl gouge for hollowing.
 

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good to see these Dick ! excellent form
 

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Thanks Guys!

That's one reason these vases are priceless, because of the material costs. LOL

The reason I use wax for a finish, I can bring them into house right away. Wax doesn't bother Barb's

allergies. Otherwise I'd have to keep them out in the shop for a month, when using other finishes.
 

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I'd love to visit your home some time…. you must have projects in every little corner!
 

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Yep!!

Running low on corners, I guess I'll have to build some more corners. LOL
 

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Dick,
Those are really nice. Clean, smooth looking and they just make you want to go out and buy flowers to put in them (fake ones anyway). Very pleasant to look at.
 

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You do such great work Dick. The first one is my favorite but they all are nice.
 

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Dick you are truly a man of many talents - and you don't skimp on the wood either - that was some expensive stock.
 

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Very nice, it is always a sad time when we cut down a tree at my house. I have to get the hang of drying the wood for turning. I have a few things that already split but it is a learning process and I am having fun.
 

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Thanks to all of you!

I still have quite a few pieces left from this tree. I cut them into 6 X 6 X 12" blocks.

I have a shelf in my shop dedicated for these pieces.

Then I seal the ends with a couple of coats carpenters glue. I seldom ever get any cracks.

Also when I split up the wood, I always eliminate any of the pith, or center of the log.
 

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What Todd said… Thanks for posting these. You are a man of many talents..
 

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Very nice Dick! At least you put good use to the tree and have a least some of it to make these wonderful projects! You may have lost the tree but now you have created something beautiful out of something you planted. What a keepsake Dick. Did you use beeswax? Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks Cathy,

I used Liberon wax on these, it's a hard bar of wax, that's applied while running the lathe.

Then polish with a soft cloth while turning.



One of these bars last a long time.
 

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These are beautiful vases. What tool do you sue to hollow it out with?
 

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Thanks trifern,

I just use a bowl gouge, but as I mentioned, I don't hollow them down to a thin sided vessel.

They're not like a bowl turning.

These are used for artificial flowers.
 

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Real nice turnings. Iwill have to give it a try myself
 
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