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Thread: Ash & Ebony Hollow Form

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan

    Smile Ash & Ebony Hollow Form

    Couple of firsts for me - first time turning Ash and the first time turning Ebony. I really like the color of the Ash but found it likes to chip out on the edges. The Ebony was amazing to turn! Very strong and dense wood that takes detail work exceptionally well! I can understand why everyone likes using Ebony for finials!

    The Ash hollow form has a little spalting, some curl, couple of worm holes, a void and lots of rich color variations. It is 6" diameter x 8" to top of finial x 1/8" thick. Sanded to 400 grit and has a few coats of Minwax Wipe-On Gloss Poly.

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    As always, I appreciate your opinions, critiques and comments!

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited by Steve Schlumpf; 02-15-2010 at 03:07 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Not much to critique there, Steve. Looks awesome. I like the sunken ball in the finial, as well as the slanted tip (a la Keith Burns, with some originality thrown in). If I had to pick nits, I'd say the bottom of the vessel would look good a bit smaller, but it looks mighty fine as it is, too. Very well done, man.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Beauty Steve. Love the finial.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Thanks guys!

    Vaughn - that's not nit-picking - that's accurate! Funny how things look while still on the lathe! I was more focused on the finial this time around and was designing it in my head as I turned the HF. Yup, it's always something!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    Des Moines, IA
    Steve, you are like that little pink bunny. You just keep going. Awesome, beautiful piece.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Beautiful, Steve!
    Awesome finial.
    Why has common sense
    become so uncommon?

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  7. #7
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    Dec 2007
    Tellico Plains, Tennessee
    That's an awesome piece... a real inspiration to try one myself...
    Tellico Plains, TN
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Vernon, WI
    Love that piece of Ash you used. How did I know that when I saw your name on this thread I would open it only to find a very nice piece? Beautiful work, Steve.

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