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    Small Natural Edge Maple Burl Hollow Form

    Hello Everyone,
    Here are some pictures of a small maple burl hollow form I turned on Sunday. I've been on this "natural edge hollow form kick" for a while now. I feel it takes the aspects of two of my favorite techniques and combines them in one.

    When I first cut up the blank, I was sort of disappointed at the grey color of the wood. Aside from some spalt lines, it didn't look very promising. It wasn't until I started turning that the figure appeared. This blank had it all! Ambrosia maple coloring, beetle holes, streak (or "rays") and fiddle-back/birds eye grain.

    While turning to final shape, I kept on narrowing the base to avoid my past mistake of making the base too large (in relationship to the rough opening). Do you think I've accomplished this?

    Maple burl hollow form Specs:
    Largest Dia.: 4 1/2"
    Rough Opening Dia.: 3 1/2"
    Height: 5 1/2"
    Wall thickness: 3/16"
    Base dia.: 2 1/4"
    Sanding Method: Sanded to 12,000 Grit.
    Finish: Watco's Danish Oil
    Final: Buffed with Beall Buffing System

    Thanks for viewing!
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    Dominic Greco

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    Outstand Dom, you scored another one. Love the color and finish on this one.
    Dick

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    That is VERY impressive, Dom! Good job.
    Jason

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    I think the proportions are perfect! I haven't figured out how to "see" a form like that in a chunk of wood. Next time, please take a picture of the burl before you start forming it.

    Bob
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    Dom -

    The bowl looks fantastic! The proportions fit well with the figure of the wood.

    Well done,
    Ted

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    Very nice, Dom. It has a nice continuous curve that it uplifting from bottom to top.
    Good job!
    Big Mike

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    Thumbs up

    Boy Dominic, you did that hunk of wood proud! The shape and proportions are perfect to my eye. Fantastic!
    Dave on Lake Greenwood, SC

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    Very nice Dominic. I think you've accomplished what you set out to do. That is a beautiful piece of wood too.
    Cheers,
    Brad
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    Very nice Dominic! Are you still turning that stuff? Mine is still sitting there waiting for me to get to it. Right now I am busy stuffing envelopes and the lathes are just sitting there.

    Bill

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    Bill,

    Keep on stuffin' !!! Most of us are dying out here waiting for your DVD. I bought a chainsaw and am all ready to go, but I won't even test run it until I've seen the DVD. Your lathes will just have to wait!!!

    Jack

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    Hi Bill!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Grumbine
    Very nice Dominic! Are you still turning that stuff? Mine is still sitting there waiting for me to get to it. Right now I am busy stuffing envelopes and the lathes are just sitting there.
    Bill,
    Damn straight I am! I still have a 40 lb (or so) chunk of that burl left. I've got a bowl in the works now that will be my coolest, or worst (depending on how it turns out) work yet.

    About the size of the foot: I tried to remember your comments about that other natural edge hollow form I had sitting in my shop. Is this more like it?

    BTW, Just dropped the check in the mail (no,...really. it's in the mail!) :>)
    Dominic Greco

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    That is outstanding! It is nice to see such a beautiful piece of wood. Thanks for sharing!

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    Dominic, A beautiful piece. -Steve

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    Thanks for the compliments

    Thank you all for the compliments.

    Now,....on to the next bowl!
    Dominic Greco

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    Dom, that's just absolutely splendid! Great looking piece of wood and even greater looking form to it! Yup, you gave that hunk of tree a second life awright! Well done!
    Cheers,
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