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    Spalted Green Acacia with Mesquite Collar

    This is the first project I've had time for in quite a while. Had 3 weeks off from night school and between work and doing landscaping for the Finance Minister, time has been short. This is a piece of Green Acacia I got from Jerry Marcental when I bought the chuck plate from him. The top was a bit too far gone, so I made a Mesquite insert. In hindsight, walnut would probably have been a better color choice, but there it is. I figured as long as I was doing an insert, I could make the hole small enough to keep the fat fingers of other turners out of my form . I feel a nice finial would finish this form off nicely. I haven't turned one in a long time and mesquite was a bad choice for finial wood. I couldn't get it to take fine detail. Regardless, the finial is too short and fat and I don't like the transition out of the top of the form. Finish is AO form is about 8" in diameter. Thanks for looking, candid criticism appreciated.
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    Last edited by Nate Davey; 05-20-2013 at 02:38 AM.

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    Nate as far as the form it self i think it turned out great. I do agree that the finial needs to be taller, and thinner. Also i like the collar to have a slight rise at the opening. Glad to see you getting some shop time finally.

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    Thanks Steve, I agree on the up turned opening. This is the second collared form I've tried and missed the thickness needed to do that and maintain the curve. I was relying on the finial to provide that lift and missed it there too.

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    About the only critique I have is things you already mentioned. Like Steve said, you nailed the form of the vessel, but I think things kind of fell short on the insert and finial. Is the collar glued on? Have you considered a do-over?
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