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    Natural Edge Redwood Burl Vase

    This is a piece of redwood burl I picked up on eBay a while back. It's about 6 1/4" x 3 3/4", finished with buffed Antique Oil. This piece was pretty dry, so I turned it from start to finish in a single session. The wood's real pretty, but the form is just what I ended up with after working around a couple bad spots on the blank. Haven't decided if I like the form or not.

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    Sure is a nice looking piece of wood.

    The form sort of looks like a beer glass that has been hacked off

    I'm sure this is one piece that when seen in person begs to be picked up and admired.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ...The form sort of looks like a beer glass that has been hacked off ...
    I kinda get the same impression....thinkin' Coca-Cola glass.

    This was an odd blank, so my hands were a bit tied on the form. I thought of slimming the base down a bit, but I also wanted it to be stable enough to actually hold dried flowers or such.
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    Vaughn,

    What a great piece of wood. While the shape may not be 100% to you liking, I find it intriguing. I'm not sure I'd change the form. Looks kinda cool to me.

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    I like it. With nice figure like that, smooth and flowing feels good in hand while ones eye can appreciate what you brought out of a hunk of wood.

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    Shape is what emerges while we are working. Looks fine to me.
    Dry redwood, was it soft and powdery to work with?
    Only downside I can find is you actually bought wood. Wood should be scrounged, received as gifts, etc. Isn't paying for wood a sin or something?

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    I will make a prediction: Vaughn, since you are not happy with the form I predict that this will be one of the first 3 pieces you sell at your next show and that it will sell for more than you might expect. People are strange animals.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    I will make a prediction: Vaughn, since you are not happy with the form I predict that this will be one of the first 3 pieces you sell at your next show and that it will sell for more than you might expect. People are strange animals.
    I'll second that.

    Great looking wood Vaughn. As you suggested, I think the base is a little to wide, but stability is important too. If you do reshape the base maybe you could add some kind of weight to the base to make it more stable.
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    Vaughn that is a very nice piece. Wood is beautiful. I agree with Rennie that since you aren't quite happy with it that will probably be sold quickly. Funny how that works.
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    Man, that wood is spectacular. Great job on the turning and the pic really displays it well.

    Now, that form doesn't really excite me but it appears you were limited in options. No matter. Someone will like it and as already noted, probably pay more than you expect for it.
    Cody


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