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Thread: Spalted Pecan Hollow Form with Ebony Finial

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    Spalted Pecan Hollow Form with Ebony Finial

    This is a piece of spalted pecan from Mark Cothren, capped with ebony...my first finial. It's about 6 1/2" tall to the top of the finial and 7 1/2" wide. I'm pretty happy with the finial, but I have lots of ideas for future improvement.

    This wood looks different from every angle, so I'm showing a lot of pics of it. Although pecan has a reputation for being hard, this was actually easier to work than I thought it might be. The finish is the standard Antique Oil and three-wheel buff.

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    Bigtime thanks to Mark for the great piece of wood, and for taunting me into turning a finial for it.

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    Beautiful piece. The figure in the wood is wonderful and the finial has an architectural sense to it.

    And nice pics. So 2 lights on a seamless background? (Indirect overhead and one spot/flood?)
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    Gee that's nice Vaughn!
    "my first finial"
    Man if that is your first, I don't think you need too much more practice.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Gonzales View Post
    ...And nice pics. So 2 lights on a seamless background? (Indirect overhead and one spot/flood?)
    Thanks for the compliments. Here's a picture of my photo setup...nothing real fancy:

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    For this one, I had the overhead light pointed more at the tent, and the left side light was closer to the side.
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    Vaughn, that looks fantastic, I really like it, from all angles!

    I think you final is very good, way better than any I've made

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    very nice vaughn and the wood is super
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    Great work, Vaughn. I admit that I'm not much of a finial person. Your finial I would normally say needs to be thinned out toward the top. However, this is great. All your elements are in exact proportion and order. The whole composition is wonderful. You've really done a great job on both the hollowform and the finial. Great piece and one to be proud of for sure.
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    Looks great Vaughn. Well Done.

    Was this really your first finial, or just the first one you'd show us?
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    This is the kind of 'fancy' turning I'm wanting to do. That's beautiful.

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    hey vaughn just aquick question,, where did you get that portrait of chuck on your wall???
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