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Thread: Mulberry Root Pot

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    Mulberry Root Pot

    This is a piece of mulberry root that Mark Rios sent me a while back. It's about 5 1/2" wide by 4" tall, finished with Tung Oil blend then lacquer. This one has several knots and bark inclusions, and grain going every which way. The wood turned pretty easily wet, but hardened right up once it dried. And even though Mark cleaned the wood very well before sending it, for some reason it smelled like mud when I was turning it green.

    I figured I'd take some pics along the way so you all could see the process...

    The root, as received...

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    Trimmed up a little on the bandsaw...

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    Mounted with the screw chuck and live center...

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    Outside taking shape...

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    Wrapping up the rough hollowing...

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    I forgot to take any progress pics while finish turning it, but it looked similar to the picture above, except thinner. Here's the finished piece...

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    Many thanks to Mark for the fun piece of wood. Still haven't decided what the other pieces will be yet. ;-)
    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
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Dude, there is a bit hole in the side of that thing, how is it going to hold any M&Ms

    Very interesting piece, I'm always amazed at how fun some of the ugliest chunks of wood can be, stuff that you would not even toss in to the firewood pile, are often some of the more interesting stuff we see.

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

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Constantine, MI
    Other than the fact it is likely to leak it looks as though you were able to get to the root of the issue and bring out the real beauty in the piece.

    Nice work (as usual)
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Harvey, Michigan
    Vaughn - lots of charactor in this piece! Nice form - showcases the voids!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Inside the Beltway

    I can't believe that thing survived the ride. You must be loving that lathe! Very nice piece. Is she going to let you keep it, or is it destined for a show?



  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Vaughn, beautifully done! Like others said, it's funny how an ugly piece of wood can turn into something so interesting.
    A man is rich in proportion to the number of things he can afford to let alone. -Henry David Thoreau
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  7. #7
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Vaughn, they are talking about an ugly piece of wood, maybe they are right.
    But in my point of view you did a wonderful job, with creating this very nice pot. Okay a hole in the side of the pot, but I see that as a part of the game.
    Very well done Vaughn.

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    San Antonio, Texas
    Vaughn, just tell 'em it's art. I like it.
    Billy B.

    "It has been said that politics is the second oldest profession. I have learned that it bears a striking resemblance to the first." - Ronald Reagan

  9. #9
    Vaughn....beautiful piece! How long before the bite marks in your lower lip will go away?.......Or did you just hold your breath while turning that?

  10. #10
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Vaughn you did it again. That piece is a beauty. Well done.
    Bernie W.

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    and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home – forever.”

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