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    Cracked and Warped Holly Form

    This piece of holly was a gift from Steve Bellinger, via Jim Burr. (Thanks, guys.) This stuff cut like buttah. It was green but starting to crack when I got it, so I turned it right away to finished size, filled the cracks with black epoxy, and just let it sit for a few days. After it had done its drying and warping, I did the final sanding and applied a few coats of spray lacquer. It's buffed with PL compound and waxed with Ren wax. It's a little guy...about 4 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" tall. I'm not completely happy with the transition into the foot, but I got the lower walls a bit thin when I hollowed it, so I didn't have enough wood left on the outside to get shape I wanted when I finished the bottom off. Oh well, at least I avoided funnelizing it.

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    Boy that Calf heat sure did a number on that thing. Glad ya could get something out of that little half log. As far as the form you did a great job as always with what ya had to work with. I also agree about the foot, but understand the reason why.I have some more blanks here that i cut at the same time and don't have any cracks.
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    Pretty much anywhere in the US is a swamp compared to the parts of California where that log hung out. I really like the way this one warped, though. The little crooked mouth seems to fit the piece. The dried pieces you sent are holding up great, though. I'm saving them for something special. Don't know what it is yet, but it'll be something special. Thanks again for the surprise, bud.
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    Except for the cracks, the form and the wood (and yer turning ) look great. The cracks, unfortunately, are not the kind that add character to the piece. Methinks a color other than black might rescue it. Gold, red, green might do the job.
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    I love the wood, all those colors like that. Oh la la la la.
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    Like Vaughn, I like the crooked mouth.

    I also agree with Frank. The cracks are just cracks and don't add anything positive to the piece.
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    Vaughn the warped mouth looks great.. I don't mind cracks in a piece at all, especially hollow forms.
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    Thanks for the comments, all. For what it's worth, I like the cracks. I think they fit with the warped, kinda rustic look. But I understand they're not to everyone's tastes. As far as colors go, I've never really been fond of infill colors other than black unless it's something like a color band around the rim of a bowl. Just my personal taste (or lack thereof).
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    Tell the truth, Vaughn, you have a special kinship with warped and cracked things, right?
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    Nice looking HF Vaughn!
    I think the crack give the piece some character.
    Well done.

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