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    goblet? maybe a gobble it?

    Haven't been able to turn much for awhile, spring has sprung, new med's, phase of the moon, a visiting pup, (insert fourteen excuses, three whines, and a belly ache here).

    Cut down a nice bearing pear tree that got hit by lightning last year, wasn't happy but it was dead as a hammer. Much to my dismay this thing had the most awesome root system this side of a giant redwood! The gentle pop it out the ground with the tractor plan went south and I discovered ten huge radial roots in a near perfect pattern. Nicely elongated roots top to bottom, should be a beautiful root ball, too big for me to turn so after cursing and digging half a day and saying more foul things about jamming my good chainsaw bar into the ground to cut roots I'm passing it on to a friend with a VB-36. One plus, I needed a junk bar for such occasions anyway! Kept a piece of trunk for myself and some heavy limbs. My piece of trunk must be entirely hollowed out into ant tunnels judging by the 379898849379978309739705973-1/3 red ants I have already removed and more keeping coming out!

    Anyway, this little goblet, ice cream dish, junk bowl for a desk top, came from the pear tree. Three and a half wide by five and a quarter tall, maybe. Measured it a couple days ago. Put a dull finish I am trying to get right on it then buffed and waxed. The inside is a little less than pleasing, exaggerated by the fact I have no way to buff or sand inside. The line on the inside is mostly an indication of how far I could reach with my big beale buffing wheels. Getting better buffing, haven't let the last few pieces get ripped out of my hands and go bouncing across the concrete! Did rush the finish and waxing, should have let it dry a week while wiping down daily to get more of the oil back out of the wood that I am trying to use as a carrier for the varnish which I don't want on the surface but do want to protect. Oil and wax seem to be a little unhappy together. Maybe I'll toss it outside to bake a day or two wiping regularly and reapply the carnauba with a buffing wheel.

    Anywho, this is my latest. An eighth to three-sixteenth thick, haven't measured. Bottom is hollowed to a similar thickness. Had a home for it before I started turning and I think they will be happy.

    Photography is lousy, got to find a manual for this NOS Rebel. I don't know how to get to the items I want to set so I shot this outside on autopilot. I think the photographs are roughly the equivalent of a crash and burn!

    Hu

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    That's a really nifty piece of wood! Lots more texture for sure than the pear wood I've gotten around here (some of it was nice but not THAT nice!!). Finish certainly looks good from here I like the shape as well, especially the base and the bottom part of the goblet.

    There is something about it right below the rim that I'd change but am having trouble figuring out exactly what/where looking at it (I think its the flat spot right below the rim that catches the eye off guard a little maybe?). Maybe someone with a better sense of style than me can pick it out

    For the picture, more angular striking light, I can only get good ones in the morning and afternoon with the light somewhat over my shoulder (not claiming I take good ones, just that those are the only ones I'm moderately pleased with usually). Although the shadow across the foot here does add some nice dramatic flair.

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    Looks great Hu! On the inside of a smaller vessel like that...i just use a sponge pad and sand paper.
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    That's a peachy pear tree goblet Nicely done Hu!
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    Very nice looking goblet or what ever is chosen for it. Looks great.
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    Very nice, Hu!
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    that turned out great hu!! and barb will love it..
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    Cool goblet and i like your cool story too.
    cheers

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    Thanks Everyone! Overall I'm pretty pleased with this piece. Almost the quality I'm looking for. I think it would be more attractive with a lacquer finish but everything I turn gets this penetrating no finish finish put on it until I get the mix down to suit me.

    Ryan, I agree, I tend to put an inward curve to the top of most everything I turn, seems to have gotten a bit lost and flat on this piece, not sure why. Probably from rushing things. Was getting tired end of the day and must have gotten a little sloppy. I usually don't turn the outside any more after reversing things but I have been getting enough walk with the natural wood I turn to cause some thickness issues so I returned the outside after reversing the piece and before hollowing. Got a nicely consistent thickness all the way around but I did flatten that area a bit. Looks better in three d and fortunately my local critics aren't too tough. Does help to have people point out flaws though, trying to get better. Not quite happy with the sweep through the stem area and foot either but I'm working on it.

    Jim, Good idea! For fairly deep and narrow stuff like this I use some foam pipe insulation over a dowel I turned down on one end. Need to buy some smaller sizes of foam than what I had laying around after winter insulating projects. I did two finger sand inside the goblet a bit before I turned it around to hollow the bottom but I was remembering how easy it is to wrap fingers up inside those small openings the whole time. Seems like we should be able to spare a finger or two when we have ten but I'm attached to all of them!

    Going to see what a few months in the barrel did for my tallow tree wood. Some more of that laying in the woods but I may have to cut some real trees down. If I do, I'll select trees with little commercial or wildlife value.

    All comments much appreciated!

    Hu

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    Quote Originally Posted by hu lowery View Post
    Not quite happy with the sweep through the stem area and foot either but I'm working on it.
    I went back and forth looking at that part, but in the end decided I quite liked it. It has a nice smooth organic feel that imho works quite well with the wood and the design. It is always hard to tell from a single picture though and like you say they look different in person (this is often the saving grace on my pieces - my bad pictures hide the details )
    Last edited by Ryan Mooney; 07-21-2014 at 05:03 AM. Reason: a word

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