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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Sneak Preview

    I usually wait until I have a piece finished before showing it here, but I figured you guys might like seeing this one. It's a piece of curly maple that I bought from Robert Mickley in the Classified Ads here. At 19" in diameter, this one is the biggest of three I got from him. (The package was over 80 pounds.) And when he said "curly", he wasn't kidding.

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    I wanted to preserve the bumpy natural edge, but I didn't have a lot of thickness to work with, so it's more of a winged platter than a bowl. (Mark Cothren got the NE bug planted in me bigtime, dang him. I've got two more big ones drying and more NE blanks waiting.)

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    It's soaking in DNA now, and I'll take it down a bit thinner after it dries. Not real excited about the overall shape (I hope to tweak it a bit after it's dry), but this has got to be some of the nicest curly maple I've seen. For the last two pics, I sanded a bit with 80 grit to take out the tool marks and sprayed with water. Still real rough. When this thing gets finished up, the wood's gonna look absolutely 3-D.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Drums, PA
    That is certainly an exciting piece, can't wait to see it completed

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Is this one of the chunks of wood that Robert found while cleaning up?

    Sure is nice!

    Too shallow for a coring tool I guess huh?

    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Zushi, Japan
    Ya that grain pattern is very striking. I wonder if those red and green glasses will boost the 3-D effect.

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    That's going to be a knock-out when finished. The last picture gives the impression that the tenon is way katy-wumpus out of center. Are you making an eccentric or is it just the photo playing tricks?

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Well Vaughn, if the endresult is a platter, and it seems so to me, than it will be a striking one.

  7. #7
    That ain't curly maple......Those are waves in that thing.....Your are turning wet wood again Vaughn! DNA won't help .....those waves will be there forever......Gorgeous wood! Can't wait to see the finished product!
    Last edited by Ken Fitzgerald; 03-01-2008 at 05:01 PM.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    That thing is going to be awesome. Can't wait to see it finished.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, Hi, Honey, Im home forever.

    To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone.

  9. #9
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    Looking forward to seeing the completed project, Vaughn.
    Looks like it will be a real treasure!
    Think your wife will let you part with it?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Vaughn - that is some amzing looking wood! It's going to be jaw-dropping beautiful once it is finished! Thanks for sharing!

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