This is a piece of locally harvested bunya pine (a.k.a. bunya-bunya, and a boatload of other names). I believe it's related to Norfolk Island pine, but I missed that day in Biology class. It was cut in a nearby city, and somehow or another ended up at Rockler. It's got five symmetrical knots around the blank.
Turned end grain, wet, to finished dimensions. Soaked in thinned BLO for a while, cured, hit with Antique Oil, cured, then hit with spray can lacquer and buffed. (I know I broke a few finishing rules, but hopefully got things cured enough between layers.) Got the walls down to about 1/8" thick, but never did get it as translucent as it could have been. (For one, I wasn't interested in blowing it up just trying to get it paper thin. I also didn't want to deal with a month of soaking and sanding in Danish Oil.)
It's about 8" high and 5 1/2" wide. The wood's cool but the form doesn't do much for me. I wanted a wide opening at the top to show off the knots inside, but the "spittoon rim" doesn't really float my boat. (The rim isn't as big as it looks in the pics, though.) Oh well, every piece is an improvisation or experiment...sometimes I hit it, it sometimes I don't. It'll still hopefully attract some attention in the booth.
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And the obligatory flashlight shots:
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