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    Curly Crotch Wood Natural Edge?

    This is from a crotch piece of red ironbark eucalyptus...more of my office haul. Dunno if this qualifies as a natural edge piece, since I did shape the bark, but it's definitely from the edge of the tree. I got nervous about blowing up the bark, so I used about an ounce of CA glue to harden the bark section a bit. I did get a bit of a flat spot where the bark takes a plunge down the side, but I think the wood makes up for my poor sanding skills. I initially left a bark collar on it about 1/4" tall, but the design committee (LOML and I) decided the collar had to go.

    It's about 8" wide by 5 1/2" tall, sanded to 600 grit, finished with my standard Formby's Tung Oil, tripoli, white diamond, and Renaissance wax. (Actually, I still need to wax this one. I had the photo tent set up already so I figured it looked good enough to shoot.)

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    Lemme know what you think -- good, bad, or indifferent -- and thanks for looking.
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    Looks great!
    Boy, I'd be terrified to buff the top of that! I'd be afraid to get the wheel caught in one of those voids.
    You did a really nice job.
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    I like that piece a lot, Vaughn. I never thought of that type of design ( bark on top?).
    Nicely done.
    George

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    Very pretty and I'll be you held your breath while turning it! Did you turn blue?

    Nicely and courageously done Vaughn!

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    Initial thoughts:

    wow, drop dead gorgeous and seriously: Is it for sale?
    -Ned

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steven Marlow View Post
    ...Boy, I'd be terrified to buff the top of that! I'd be afraid to get the wheel caught in one of those voids...
    Buffing the bark wasn't too scary. It's pretty firm with all the CA in it, but I still was very careful wwhile buffing it. I only used tripoli on the bark though...the white diamond compound would have made a mess with all the little voids in the bark. (Little white dots would be everywhere.)

    Thanks for the kind words, everyone.

    P.S. Ned, it'll be for sale in a few months when I try to get into a few art shows. (I'm working to build up some stock for sale, so I've been turning a lot.) I think this piece will end up somewhere between $200 and $300.
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    Very cool stuff Vaughn!
    Got Wood?

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    I knew that it was going in the stock for your shows, but those were my initial thoughts. Gorgeous wood. I wonder how the eucalyptus turns vs 'Lyptus'. love the colors especially the coppery color on the bark.
    -Ned

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    Looks great Vaughn.

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    Vaughn that is a beauty. Well done.
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