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12-08-2010, 6:20 PM
This vase is done in hard maple. The piece that I had in mind and almost completed was much different from this. It was to have three deep cove twists with V grove detail on the sides and then three hammered twists. Well, lets just say that while carving/sanding one of the coves I determined that coves can't be deeper than the thickness of the wall.:o
So...Design Opportunity. Haven't done twists before or major piercing I figured what the heck, gotta piece to practice on. I also wanted to try some more finishing. This is the result. Unfortunately the piece had some checks that I didn't pay much attention to.
12-08-2010, 6:40 PM
Mark, what a nice piece! This one looks good in any position - very well done, particularly for a practice piece!;) You have far more patience than do I!
What color dye did you use - great color!
12-08-2010, 6:44 PM
Wow Mark that is a beauty. Nothing to fire away about. Really nice finish and the form looks great. Well done.
12-08-2010, 7:12 PM
What color dye did you use - great color!
Thanks John. This was dyed with red, blue and black. The blue and red are just some food color, so they will probably fade. I am not totally happy with the finish, but developing the technique. The dye was just applied with acid brushes. A band of red, blue and then black. Then a lighter wash of black over the whole piece. I am going to have to break out the air brush on the next one. The transition between the black and blue was more pronounced until I put on the Antique Oil. That seemed to darken it up a bit. Oh well. I will try another.
12-08-2010, 7:20 PM
nicely done, has the snow gone or do you more coming????
12-08-2010, 7:28 PM
Beautiful concept! Way to go outside the box. Like the dye job too!
12-08-2010, 7:31 PM
Since there about 3 people here that can do that...You da Man Mark!! I wouldn't have thought to use blue with the red and black, but it sure paid off! If no one else is in on the "On my mantle please" bidding...I'll display it proudly for you!!:D:D;)
12-08-2010, 7:37 PM
that is just awesome!
12-08-2010, 7:39 PM
This is super, love it, how did you finish the bottom? Was it finished before the carving?
12-08-2010, 8:28 PM
That is great work. I wish I could make something close to that.
12-08-2010, 9:49 PM
That is really nice. What do you plan to use it for? I think a candle would look nice inside of it until, of course, it caught fire!
12-08-2010, 10:40 PM
Beautiful Mark, what are the dimensions?
12-08-2010, 11:00 PM
Nice job Mark. Don't think ti will ever hold water, but I sure like it. If you ever have the patience for a second one, it would be interesting to see a bisecting of each support to give a total of 6 supports. Of course that would double an already tedious job, but would look cool
David E Keller
12-08-2010, 11:15 PM
These spiral pieces are always so striking to me visually. That's a heck of a practice piece you made there!
12-08-2010, 11:40 PM
Very nice piece...good classy feel to it.
Would love to see one about 3 to 4 times as big...would make a killer umbrella stand!
I suspect that would push the limits of hogging material.
Nice work, very nice!
12-08-2010, 11:42 PM
Very, very cool, Mark. Looks like a lot of work, but he finished product is well worth it. And this is a save?
12-08-2010, 11:55 PM
Looks impressive. A lot of work for practice!
12-09-2010, 12:21 AM
Thanks all. The barley twists have intrigued me since I started turning, along with the work of Mortimer and our own Mr. Madden. I know I will do more.
has the snow gone or do you more coming???? Don't say the "s" word. This stuff ain't goin no where.
Was it finished before the carving? I do a lot of carving on the lathe when still chucked. To finish the bottom I just inserted the top over some chuck jaws (expand carefully!) and bring up the tailstock to finish off the bottom. Cut off the nub and sand.
I think a candle would look nice inside of it until, of course, it caught fire! LOML thought so too. Have put a tea light in there. I was actually going to do a photo that way.
what are the dimensions? It is about 7 1/8" tall by 4 1/8 at it's widest.
Don't think ti will ever hold water. If you ever have the patience for a second one, it would be interesting to see a bisecting of each support to give a total of 6 supports. Of course that would double an already tedious job, but would look cool Won't hold soup, must be art. Well actually, the original design did have 6 sections. This does work better on these pieces. This does give the illusion that they are intersecting. Definetly will do another. Need to figure out a better top treatment.
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