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    Elm Vase

    I turned the outside and then cheated and used a forstner bit to "turn" the interior. It's about 7" tall and 4" at the base. The grain looks better than it does in the photo. I really need to make a photo booth.

    Critique away please!
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    Whatever gets the job done. It turned out nice.

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    No shame in using the Forstner. You wanted the wood removed from the middle...Forstner removes wood...sounds like a workable plan.

    The wood's pretty and well-tooled and finished, but the form and details don't really do a lot for me. I think a bit more taper to the form (wider at the bottom with a gradual taper to the top) would help, and allow you to show more of an overall curve, instead of just the flare at the bottom. Also, in my opinion the bead details would look better with crisper definition. One of the things I've been trying to work on more myself is getting details cut cleanly so that I don't end up sanding the crispness away.
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    I think you said it to me,( what ever works to get the job done.) Nice vase.

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    Wood and the finish look good but like Vaughan not too keen on the shape. Using a forstner bit is something a lot of the top pros do so you are in good company

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    The form is interesting to my eye but the wood and finish really stand out.
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    Thanks all! The form is just something I tried for once...not sure I like it either. The grain would have stood out more with just a simple gentle curve for sure.
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    I like the wood & grain.

    To tell the truth the shape reminded me of a motorcycle hand grip more than anything.
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    Really nice wood. I am not real fond of the shape. Doesn't hurt to experiment.

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