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    Flame Box Elder Hollow Form

    Here's one I finished up last week...just getting around to posting a few pics. This piece of box elder had more red than usual, and turned like butter. It's about 6" wide by 5" tall (or thereabouts...it's packed up right now and I don't feel like digging it out). The form is another attempt at a somewhat Southwest look. The finish is the usual of Antique Oil, lacquer, and three-wheel buffed.

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    And a shot showing the results of my new "shape it yourself" woodburning tip..misaligned, but not much you can do about it after the fact. I added the date and wood species after taking the pics:

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    As always, I'm open to comments and critiques.
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    Vaughn, WOW what a beauty, and what a beautiful colored wood.
    Was a fun turning this piece of wood, isn't.

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    Nice piece of wood, unusual style, but that that is good too, as most will get bored with the "same old same old" all the time.

    I saw Jimmy Clewes turn a piece of that to make a box on one of his DVDs, he said that it is considered a "Weed" in many parts of the US

    Cheers!

    PS, is it my monitor, or is the focus a little off on these pic?
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    That's a nice piece, Vaughn. I think you captured the Southwest look with that shape and the colors of that Box Elder just enhance the look..it literally says "Hopi."

    That running VM brand is neat, too.
    Cody


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    Very striking colours Vaughn. Good looking piece.

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    Wow now that has some color Vaughn. Beautiful piece. Well done.
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    Love the form Vaughn! Beautiful wood colors and finish! You do some seriously nice work!
    Steve

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    Thanks for the comments, guys.
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    PS, is it my monitor, or is the focus a little off on these pic?
    Nah, I'm seeing the same thing here. I may play around with them later and see if I can improve them. I took these pics in a big hurry last week as I was packing things up for a show.
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    I think there is no better way to display box elder with flame than in a hollow form. The curvature of the hollowform does such a nice job of showing the grain. I have tried to use it in boxes and it almost never does the best job of displaying the grain.

    Wonderful work, Vaughn!
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