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Thread: Box Elder Burl NE Hollow Form

  1. #1
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    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Box Elder Burl NE Hollow Form

    Here's the other piece that came from the box elder burl Curt Fuller sent me. More of the story is here. It's about 5 3/4" across and 3 1/4" high. It has the same finish as the bowl...Formby's Tung Oil Finish buffed with tripoli and Renaissance wax.

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    It's different, but LOML likes it. Next time I have a similar piece I think I'll try to do a smooth top with a spiked collar. As I mentioned in another thread, doing so with this one would have left it shorter than I wanted. (I would have had more depth on this one if I wasn't such a chicken with the McNaughton rig. I just didn't want to risk messing up the mother bowl.)

    Comments and critiques, good or bad, are always welcome -
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2008
    Louisville, Kentucky
    Super job Vaughn, I like all the spikes on top. How thin are the sides?

  3. #3
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    Oct 2007
    Schenectady, NY


    Very Cool !
    Don Orr

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    I am not your LOML but I like it also...
    Remember the tea kettle - it is always up to its neck in hot water, yet it
    still sings!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    GTA Ontario Canada
    Vaughn you are the maestro. Great piece. Top reminds me of an Amethyst crystal when the rock broken open shows the crystal. This might be a nice piece to dye with color.

    Thanks for the comprehensive answers on the previous post.

    A thought that has occured to me about turning in general is that people looking to acquire a piece such as this one, have no idea of the skill and complexity of making it. Just having made simple things I have a much greater appreciation of all the craftsmanship never mind artistic talent that goes into a beautiful turned piece.

    For those that sell their work, I suggest that this is something that needs to be conveyed somehow to the purchases in order to enhance the appreciation of the object. Probably applies to all woodworking.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Of all the hollow forms I have seen - I don't think I have ever seen anything quite like this! Love the texture of the piece! Beautiful HF Vaughn!

  7. #7
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    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Oh, Man, that is a gorgeous piece of wood, Vaughn. You did a beautiful job of finding that form in it. Great job, Vaughn.
    Why has common sense
    become so uncommon?

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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Boy o Boy, you keep turning some really beautiful pieces. I really like this one.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Cornwall, England
    Don't think I have seen a burr worked like this before and I can't understand why as it's really effective. I don't get my hands on many myself (more's the pity) but if I do this is something I certainly would be proud to do.


  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Beautiful Vaughn. I have really never saw anything like it.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

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