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Water Oak Vase 7" D x 7" H finished with wipe-on-poly

This vase was turned from a piece of found wood that someone had set out on the curb for garbage pickup. I stopped by and loaded up a dozen pieces. This piece was turned "green" and I decided to turn it from the side to show better the center of the log which I thought was breathtaking. While I was still applying my coats of wipe on poly this piece began to distort and warp. The center of the vase on both sides, where the center of the tree was, began to extend outwards almost 3/8" on each side and it forced the other 2 sides to pull in towards the center, that made the top of the vase which I left the bark on become oval. The top now measures 4" one way and 4 1/2" the other way. The picture does not show the distortion as much as seeing it. When I showed it to my wife and asked her what she thought the price should be for this one. She said NFS this piece is MINE and you are NOT to sell it!

Comments and critiques welcomed. Thanks for looking.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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That's so darn beautiful very well done.
 

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Excellent idea to turn it from the side! Fantastic!
 

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Yes, that is very beautiful. I think ALL of your turnings are fabulous!
 

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Neat looking piece - love the center. As it warped, did it try to split on you? I've had that problem on a few where I turned across the center. In face, I was carving into a chinaberry piece today that cracked enough I just decided to "go with it".
 

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Great save from the landfill that is a beautiful piece. Well done.
 

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Good save, and I hope the cracking/distortion slows down now. Great job. I like the shape, it's different
 

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Thanks everyone for your kind, positive comments.

RichardH & michelletwo: The centers swelled outwards but did not crack which surprised me and relieved I am! The piece seems to have stabilized now and if it moves anymore I'll be surprised. This was turned over a month ago and really flexed a lot in the first 2 weeks. I have a few other pieces that flexed but not as dramatically as this one did. When you hold this piece in your hands it is awesome to feel the 2 extensions on each side and then you can't seem to stop rubbing the piece(the genie never came!) I tell people when they ask how I made it it oval by looking wise and saying "I'm gooood!) Kidding aside, I do feel honored to be rewarded with these wonderful pieces that I so much enjoy making.

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL
 
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