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    Sometimes you get a lump of wood and start turning it and things happen. Bits fly off, you suddenly have 1.2 a woodworm stuck on your visor, suddenly you find you can see right through the thing.

    These two pieces fit into that category. Both were rotten in parts, had woodworm and were shaped in such a way that I was turning air for part of the time. They aren't everyone's cup of tea and I wonder what you guys think of them. Be honest now

    Both are hollowed out from the top
    Unknown wood, 12" tall 6" max dia


    Spalted beech 12" tall 8" max dia

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    Pete
    Last edited by bodrighy; 10-06-2009, 04:39 PM. Reason: Title change
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  • #2
    oh wow
    now them i really really like, they look so earthy and natural , gorgeous

    I'm sure i've mentioned before my dads a turner and i grew up surrounded by treen but those are so different

    are you selling them ?

    i'm trying to work out how i can convince the OH i've had one of those for ages and he hasn't noticed like i do with shoes and handbags,lol
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    • #3
      I know I'm a bit strange but that's the sort of thing I would give houseroom to. I would probably polish it and stand it in the hearth (No fire there of course). I like them.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by beckyboo View Post
        oh wow
        now them i really really like, they look so earthy and natural , gorgeous

        I'm sure i've mentioned before my dads a turner and i grew up surrounded by treen but those are so different

        are you selling them ?

        i'm trying to work out how i can convince the OH i've had one of those for ages and he hasn't noticed like i do with shoes and handbags,lol
        These were a bit of an experiment and are pretty rouigh inside though the outside is well sanded. I hadn't thought of selling them but if I did they would have to go relatively cheaply and as seen though I would take a few closeups so the buyer could see what they were getting. If you like rougher stuff look through here. I keep a running photograph catologue of the things I make and there is a fair bit of stuff in here with the bark anfd holes .

        Originally posted by Critchley
        I know I'm a bit strange but that's the sort of thing I would give houseroom to. I would probably polish it and stand it in the hearth (No fire there of course). I like them.
        If you are strange so am I as I love trying to get the contrast between the natural wood and the turned wood. My two favourite areas of work are making really delivate things and making things like this though I have yet to make one that I am totally happy with

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        • #5
          Ooh! Geode! I could put a little dragon in there
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          • #6
            Originally posted by bodrighy View Post
            These were a bit of an experiment and are pretty rouigh inside though the outside is well sanded. I hadn't thought of selling them but if I did they would have to go relatively cheaply and as seen though I would take a few closeups so the buyer could see what they were getting.

            pete
            Why would they have to go relatively cheaply? They have a "designer" look to them (not surprisingly), and I love the contrast between rough/natural and smooth/worked-on.

            I absolutely love them. Gorgeous, they would get pride of place in my house.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Critchley View Post
              I know I'm a bit strange but that's the sort of thing I would give houseroom to. I would probably polish it and stand it in the hearth (No fire there of course). I like them.
              Yes, I'm a bit strange as well... although I would just stroke it lovingly on a regular basis rather than polish it (told you I was strange!!).
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              • #8
                I like them too, actually! I would also probably polish it and stand it somewhere like the hearth.

                And I reckon Madly Creating is tright, too - if I had lots of them, I would sell them with pewter figurines in them!
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                • #9
                  Sounds like a market for these so worth doing them and properly. Getting the outside shape is easy enough, getting the inside smooth with all the holes and weaknesses is a right pig of a job. I need to sell more stuff and get some more tools. (That's not a hint ) Interesting as this sort of thing tends to be a limited market. Obviously appeals more to those with some kind of art / craft background

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                  • #10
                    Wood

                    Use a very course sandpaper on the inside reducing the grit each time finishing with about 1200. With practise this should give you a glass like finish but will take time.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by woodenlady View Post
                      Use a very course sandpaper on the inside reducing the grit each time finishing with about 1200. With practise this should give you a glass like finish but will take time.
                      Liz

                      I do that with other hollow forms I make but these have the tool marks too dep and it would take forever. I need to get some hollowing tools really but the price of the once I want / need are beyond me at the moment. The one simply can't be reached into by hand as the holes are so small.

                      Smaller ones like these


                      are OK as I can reach with the tools I have but the others are 2x as big and are really too big for my tools

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                      • #12
                        In that case, keep the insides rough, and stain them a darker colour, even.... it'll look fine, as the inside of the "cave"!
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                        • #13
                          They're really unusual and look gd.
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