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Thread: Michigan Chocolate Crotch Hollow Form - Revisited the Finial

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Michigan Chocolate Crotch Hollow Form - Revisited the Finial

    This is a piece of walnut crotch I got a while back from Ambassador Larry. Nothing real fancy about the hollow form, but the wood more than makes up for it. It's sweet, sweet stuff. It ended up about 9" wide and 7 3/4" tall to the tip of the finial. This is my third finial ever. I didn't really have a plan in mind when I started the finial -- and it shows -- but it is what it is. I can see things to fix on the next one, but I'm pretty happy with this one for now. The HF was sanded to 1200 grit and finished with Formby's Tung Oil Finish. The HF and finial were buffed with Don Pencil's PL compound and followed up with Renaissance wax.

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    Many thanks to Larry for the awesome piece of wood. I've got a bit more ready to be finish turned that I'll be showing pics of somewhere down the road.

    Comments, critiques and suggestions are all 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
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Wow, that is a real show stopper!

    The wood is amazing, and the form is spot on, IMHO, the finial is OK, but as it is only your third one, I know that they will improve, not that I'm any bloody good at them myself I think it could be a bit "crisper" if that makes sense.

    Still, that is one outstanding piece of work Vaughn,
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  3. #3

    I like the HF and the finial. The HF has a nice flow in the form and the wood and finish are superb.

    The finial I like because it is different than what I'm used to seeing but yet to me it seems to have a mechanical balance to's not top heavy or bottom heavy......hard to describe my feelings for it except to say it is pleasing to my eye.

    Nicely done Vaughn!

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    bethel springs TN, but was born and raised in north east PA
    Man that's one sweet piece.If i may say so the first thing that came to my mind, when i saw the final was, it looked like a family crest at the top. If that makes sense.Great job as always.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    good wood for good folk yu done it up right well vaughn
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
    One hand washes the other!
    Don't put off today till tomorrow!

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Hardinsburg, KY
    Glad I didn't just look at the thumbnails. There it looks like the apex of the outer curve is a bit sharp. But I opened the pics to the larger verson and WOW! Beautiful piece of walnut, a masterful job withthe turning, and as usual, you have done a great job with the finish too. Beautiful work.
    Working flat so I can play round,
    Doug Miller

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    Prerequisite For
    Gods Forgiveness

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    I don't know from apex of the curves to crisp finials.
    I'll say this, it all looks fine. Very pleasing form, finial is nice, gives the piece an elegant touch. I like the finish, it could have been over done and overwhelmed the piece. And....of course.....that wood is delicious.
    Very nice work all around.
    "Folks is funny critters."

    Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too. ~Voltaire

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    You have taken a beautiful piece of wood and made it look even better. Nice work.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Plainwell, Michigan
    One of only a few ways to make Michigan walnut better looking then nature is a fine turning, THAT is a fine turning Larry has a knack at finding the good stuff also

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Really a beauty Vaughn. Nice form and I like the finial.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

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