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Keith Burns
10-28-2010, 8:47 PM
Sometime back I was passing by Mark Cothrens house and stopped in to say hi. I was going to steal some wood but he was watching me to close. As I was leaving he reached down and picked up a really crappy looking piece of wood (Walnut)that he had used for years as a block to lay logs on as he cut them up with his chainsaw. Anyway I decided I better do something with it. All came from a 3" x 6" x 6" piece of that ugly walnut, including the finial. I've included a photo of the piece setting atop another 3" x 6" x 6" piece of the same wood. All comments/critiques welcome.

Sean Hughto
10-28-2010, 8:49 PM
Freakin Fabulous! Great great great!

Greg Bender
10-28-2010, 8:52 PM
Keith,
that is gorgeous.Love the shape ,the finial is perfect.Mark got any more of that throw away wood? I need rejects like that.
Greg

charlie knighton
10-28-2010, 8:55 PM
very nice.....

Jack Mincey
10-28-2010, 8:56 PM
Great looking HF and some wonderful grain in the wood.
Jack

Leo Van Der Loo
10-28-2010, 9:00 PM
Sometime back I was passing by Mark Cothrens house and stopped in to say hi. I was going to steal some wood but he was watching me to close. As I was leaving he reached down and picked up a really crappy looking piece of wood (Walnut)that he had used for years as a block to lay logs on as he cut them up with his chainsaw. Anyway I decided I better do something with it. All came from a 3" x 6" x 6" piece of that ugly walnut, including the finial. I've included a photo of the piece setting atop another 3" x 6" x 6" piece of the same wood. All comments/critiques welcome.

He Keith I like that "ugly piece" on top a hell of a lot better than the one it is sitting on ;) :D

You certainly did a awesome job on it, fabulous :)

Mark Hubl
10-28-2010, 9:08 PM
The ugly duckling is certainly now a swan. Very nice! Love the finial.

John Keeton
10-28-2010, 9:11 PM
Keith, that Mark Cothren just has no respect for fine wood!!:D That really made a wonderful HF, and the manner in which you did the lid/finial really lets the void in the wood take center stage. I suspect the "stand" for that one has a similar future.

Richard Madden
10-28-2010, 9:11 PM
Another example from you guys with the eye (and talent) to incorporate a flaw and put it to good use. I would have cut around and turned it down to probably a thimble size, and then pitched it. Beautiful piece!!

Steve Vaughan
10-28-2010, 9:15 PM
That is really cool looking! I tell you, the things that people throw away...! What did the piece look like that you were attempting to steal? It couldn't have been any nicer than this?

Steve Schlumpf
10-28-2010, 9:18 PM
WOW! As usual your typical turning has the rest of us hoping that someday we will get to that point in our turning! Beautiful work Keith - thanks for sharing!

One of these days I will have to find a way to arrange lessons!

Michael James
10-28-2010, 9:41 PM
Well, that proves one man's trash in another man's treasure! Beautiful cinderella piece,

Baxter Smith
10-28-2010, 9:50 PM
Beautiful piece of wood and a great use of that crack. I will have to try and remember the possibilities the next time I toss a piece that looks like that one probably used too!

Ken Fitzgerald
10-28-2010, 10:21 PM
Very nicely done Keith!

Bernie Weishapl
10-28-2010, 10:28 PM
Nicely done Keith. That sure is a purdy for such a ugly piece.

alex carey
10-28-2010, 11:03 PM
wow that is some pretty wood. Love that inclusion.

David E Keller
10-28-2010, 11:20 PM
Wonderful piece and a nice photo as well.

Jim Burr
10-29-2010, 10:57 AM
Walnutaide from Walnuts! That's a great use of ugly...all of us could use ugly like that!

Greg Ketell
10-29-2010, 11:34 AM
Really a beautiful piece. Great wood, great shape, great finial. What more could you ask for (other than more of that wood)?

David DeCristoforo
10-29-2010, 1:07 PM
Classic. It's got "Keith Burns" written all over it.

Michael Ginsberg
10-29-2010, 1:24 PM
I wish my seconds looked half as impressive! It will make me think before tossing a chuck of wood with defects...

Keith Burns
10-29-2010, 8:32 PM
Thanks y'all for taking the time to comment. It is appreciated. It has been a busy summer with not much turning time nor forum time.