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    Lidded Box Elder Hollow Form

    This is one I started months ago, and circumstances dictated that I finish it up rather quickly this past week. It's flame box elder (with a bit of bonus curl here and there), about 10 1/2" tall and 6" or so wide. Finished with Minwax Antique Oil and a lot of hand-rubbing to get the finish as smooth as possible, then three-wheel buffed.

    If it looks like a funeral urn, it's because it is. This is for my wife's mother, who passed away a week ago today (Sunday). Her health had been especially poor for for the past year or two; she finally lost her battle against age after a long and eventful life. She died in her sleep...peacefully, as far as anyone could tell.

    The choice of wood species, and decision for a simple, unadorned form, were both made by my wife. I don't know if this is my best hollow form so far, but it's my most significant. It's not as perfect as I was hoping for, but then again, who is? My mother-in-law was one of my biggest fans, so I suspect she'd approve.

    Comments and critiques are welcome.

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    That's a beautiful vessel, Vaughn and a beautiful sentiment, also. I'm sure your Mother-in-Law would approve.
    Cody


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    Sorry to hear about your MIL, but it is a comfort to know that she past peacefully. Great looking urn.

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    Vaughn, That is beautiful and a thoughtful gift to both your wife and mother in law.
    Darren

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    Vaughn - sorry for your loss! Beautiful work - great looking wood! I am sure your MIL loves it! You and your wife will be in my thoughts and prayers.
    Steve

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    My wife lost both of her parents earlier this year, 4 months apart to the day. Condolences and best wishes - especially to your wife.

    That's a very nice-looking vessel. Forgive my ignorance, but is some kind of insert usually placed inside?

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    Vaughn sorry to hear about the loss. We lost my dad, two weeks later to the day her dad and 2 months later her stepdad all this year.

    That is a beautiful piece and I am sure your MIL would approve. Very well done.
    Bernie W.

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    Vaughn, my deepest condolences to you and your wife.

    That's a beautiful urn and I'm sure your MIL is up there smiling every time she looks at it.

    .....Gord
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    become so uncommon?

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    Wonderful work, as usual Vaughn, but this one is special.

    Stu
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    Vaughn condolences to you and your wife at this sad time. Your urn is beautiful and I'm sure you MIL would like the thought that her SIL hand made this special place for her. My familys thought's will be with your wife and your self.
    "Every day's a school day"

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