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Offline Tony_a

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A wing and a prayer
« on: September 08, 2019, 12:29:39 PM »
Have had the idea of a winged vase for a while and been waiting for a suitably shaped piece of wood.  I started with a forked branch of a small Hakea tree. This is a wood of medium hardness and reasonable strength that turns nicely (as I found). Although the branch had died the wood was still somewhat green.
Started the piece between centres, turned a tenon on the foot and did most of the turning with the piece mounted in a chuck. While the heart wood had completely rotted out of the branch there was plenty of solid wood to hold it with.
The piece is about 250 mm high and 180 in diameter, finished with Danish oil and buffed with EEE polishing compound.

Tony
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Offline Les Symonds

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Re: A wing and a prayer
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2019, 04:08:52 PM »
Well that must have been quite a challenge. Remarkably good finish considering the amount of air you had to turn to maketool-to-timber contact.
Les
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Offline John Plater

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Re: A wing and a prayer
« Reply #2 on: September 09, 2019, 09:28:01 AM »
Hello Tony,
A lovely piece of work, plenty of fresh air in this one !
ATB John
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Offline Tony_a

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Re: A wing and a prayer
« Reply #3 on: September 09, 2019, 12:44:24 PM »
Thanks for the comments Les and John. It did take a bit more finishing than a regular turning.

Tony
Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened. (Churchill)