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Thread: Bunya Pine Something or Another

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Bunya Pine Something or Another

    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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  2. #2
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    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    It is definitely unique and an eye, or two , catcher. I like. Yes, the rim could be criticized as being a bit large. But, somehow, I don't believe a non-critic, like us here, would have a problem with that. The overall effect, which is quite striking is what will sell it.

  3. #3
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    Jul 2008
    Hardinsburg, KY
    Very nice. I'm betting it will draw a lot of attention, at least until it gets sold. What might have helped the rim would have been to continue the concave curve instead of returning it back toward the center. That would have given you an nice "s" shape rather than just a curvy line. Does that make any sense?

  4. #4
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    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    That is a beauty Vaughn. Great looking piece with the knots.
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  5. #5
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    Aug 2008
    Reno, Nv
    Great looking wood Vaughn. I agree with you about the top, but that's offset by "alien" feel you get by looking at eyes.
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  6. #6
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    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Nice work Vaughn! Doesn't look to thick to me! Has to have some thickness to the walls or else it looks to fragile. About the opening - just tell everyone that it was turned as large as possible to catch more light! They'll just say - oh - and accept it!

  7. #7
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    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I think the mouth is a little out of proportion in contrast to the body and the base but it didn't matter too much as my gaze instantly gravitated down towards the beautiful knots.

  8. #8
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    Sep 2008
    Redford, Michigan
    With Halloween approaching, that might replace your pumpkin. Look at the grain pattern between and under the "eyes". Spooky, but an interesting piece.

  9. #9
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    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway
    Whoa, Vaughn, that's really one of your coolest pieces. Wow!



  10. #10
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    May 2007
    Kansas City, Missouri
    That is too cool.

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