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    More of Ellie's Sycamore

    This is another piece of sycamore from the widow next door. I turned it a while back but never got around to posting pics of it. I tried to do a sunburst dye job on the inside, but the shading isn't real pronounced. It came out more of an orange-red-brown all over, but it still looks OK to me. I burned the rim to highlight it a bit. It's about 10" by 5 1/2" or so...it's packed away right now and I don't feel like digging it out. The finish is spraycan lacquer, wet sanded and buffed out.

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    Vaughn i think all of your work is great,but i really like this one a lot. i think i'll steal this shap for one of mine.only hope mine turns out half as good.
    Steve

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    Vaughn, I really like the inside color and how well it works with the natural wood outside. Very well done

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    Beautiful Vaughn!
    How do you keep your tool from catching on the hole while turning??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    ... How do you keep your tool from catching on the hole while turning??
    Speed is your friend on pieces like this. Even at a moderate speed, I'm guessing 800 RPM or so, the ride smooths out and you barely notice the void going by. It's much like driving on a washboard road...at slow speeds it's very bumpy and hard to control, but once you get past a certain speed, you just fly over the bumps. The same principal applies on pieces with bigger voids, too. Here's a bit more extreme example of that concept.

    Thanks for the comments, guys.
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    Very nice piece Vaughn, and even if the dye job did not turn out as well as you might like, kudos for taking the chance and moving the bar!
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    Vaughn,
    Great piece....but I gotta tell ya...seeing that hole reminded me of a certain Saturday Night Live skit involving boxes....

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    Very nice Vaughn! The burnt rim really sets the interior apart, which might not be what you were looking for, but it looks great to me.
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    Nice work, it's a very well balanced piece, and the colors compliment it well.
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    Great piece Vaughn. Really like the form and finish.
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