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Ray Bell
12-15-2010, 9:32 PM
I wish I had taken a before picture of this. This is from a very gnarly flowering almond bush that was given to me by friend, and fellow Creeker Paul Douglas. I honestly did not even know where to start on this, and the form is not what I originally intended, but because I wanted to save as much of it as possible, this is how it turned out. It is 8 1/2" tall, by 5" at the widest.

I learned a couple of things from this. One I need a better direct light source, and two, I need either a smaller , or differently designed tool rest. It got pretty chattery towards the bottom.

C&C always welcomed, and appreciated.
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Rich Aldrich
12-15-2010, 9:34 PM
Remarkable. Nice work.

dan carter
12-15-2010, 9:59 PM
Mighty nice, sure is an attractive cookie jar. :-) You did well.

John Keeton
12-15-2010, 10:28 PM
To say "gnarly" is an understatement!!:rolleyes: That wood has a LOT going on, and you did a neat job of letting the wood show its character by keeping this piece clean and simple. Nice work, Ray.

Bernie Weishapl
12-15-2010, 10:28 PM
Really well done. I like the form and wood.

Richard Madden
12-15-2010, 10:49 PM
Very nice, Ray...how'd you keep it together??

Michael James
12-15-2010, 11:22 PM
Ray, nice job on the ugliest chunk of wood only a turner could love! :)
I'm amazed that some of these pieces make it to the finish line.
mj

Paul Douglass
12-15-2010, 11:29 PM
ALRIGHT RAY! Yes, I wish you had a before you started picture. Then everyone could really appreciate what you accomplished. Very nice job. I still have the root ball. This is the same bush I made my last little bird house out of. It is beautiful wood. Maybe I should plant another and wait 20 years!

HEY I SEE YOU GOT A PHOTO BOX!

Ray Bell
12-16-2010, 12:07 AM
Very nice, Ray...how'd you keep it together??

Richard, after turning the outside, I wrapped it with blue painters tape. Somebody on this forum does this. Seems to work.

Doug W Swanson
12-16-2010, 12:34 AM
Pretty looking piece. I don't have the nerves yet to try something like that. Someday, though.....

Baxter Smith
12-16-2010, 12:52 AM
That is a "rough looking" piece of wood. I don't think I would have known where to start! Good Job!

Ron Stadler
12-16-2010, 12:57 AM
Yep, gotta agree, pretty rough looking piece of wood. But you overcame it like a champ, nice job.