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Thread: Southwestern Style Birch HF

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan

    Southwestern Style Birch HF

    Been spending most of my turning time trying to figure out hollow forms. Its fun but a lot more time consuming when compared to bowls. This birch hollow form is based on my loose interpretation of some of the Southwestern pottery styles. The wood has a number of knots, a few cracks (hopefully filled), some curl and a lot of personality. It was fun to turn and I managed to keep most of it around 3/8.

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    Hollow form is 9 in diameter x almost 6 high. Sanded to 400, two coats of Watco Natural Danish Oil, 4 or 5 light coats of Minwax Gloss Poly and then buffed.

    I look forward to your comments and/or critiques!

    Thanks for looking!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Steve, this one looks great as well. I like to loosely base my turnings on other forms as well. Gets you some great ideas, but still makes it your own. Well done.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    Steve, Steve, Steve! You're getting to be a HF turning machine!

    I like the form on this one. That flat top and deep shoulder is a booger to reach up under, huh?

    You need a photo tent and backdrop, man! This deserves a classy pic.
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Thanks for the kind words. Been thinking - a lot - about a photo tent setup. Racking my brain about how to do the frugal, etc. Will have to come up with something as I ended up taking about 35 photos before I decided that I could 'live' with these. Gots to be something I can do that will give me better photos - the turnings just don't come across the same as when you are looking at them in person. I am sure you guys have all already been through it and understand what I am saying. Will make the effort and improve photo quality - thanks!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Steve it is a beauty. I like it a lot the form and finish. Well done.
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  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Steve, very well done, it looks like you turn more and more into a hollow form affair, which is very good of course. Keep em going.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jan 2007
    Rio Rancho, NM

    Thumbs up You nailed this one!

    Steve, as a resident of the great Southwest and the owner of several pieces of Native American pottery, I can tell you that this piece would fit right in with all the pottery I've seen. It has the right form and that wood just sings. Nice work!!!

    Nancy (32 days)
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Pickles Gap, Arkansas
    Good stuff, Steve! Nice work!
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    Very pretty piece, Steve. And although the pics aren't bad, I agree with Neal and you about the need for a better photo setup...your work deserves it.

    I use my photo rig on virtually every piece I turn. If you're wrestling with the cost for the photo tent setup, think about how little it will cost per turning.
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  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Vaughn - it's not so much the cost of a photo setup - it's trying to figure out exactly what I need (claiming ignorance). I did a number of photos this morning trying to duplicate your advice - used the 2 second timer, a tripod but found the smallest F stop my camera goes to is F8. I am using a Canon A70 - anyway, lots of the photos were out of focus. Tried playing with the background but realized (after an hour) that I need a backdrop. Am in process of checking on-line and plan on getting something in-place ASAP. Thanks for the push - from both you and Neal!

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