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    Default A wing and a prayer

    Ive had the idea for a winged vase but have been waiting for a suitable piece of timber. This branch came from hacking the dead wood out of one of the garden shrubs, one of the Hakea's. This is what I started with.
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    After some careful and gentle turning this is what I came up with.

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    Was rather nervous as I started turning but the piece felt quite solid once in the chuck. The branch was still partly green and turned quite easily and fortunately it didn't demand a blood sacrifice. The piece of wood isn't brilliant but is growing on us now that it has been finished. Basically just tried this out of interest .

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    well I,ll be buggered never dreamed of doing that, how did you chuck it

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    Quote Originally Posted by tony_A View Post
    Ive had the idea for a winged vase but have been waiting for a suitable piece of timber. This branch came from hacking the dead wood out of one of the garden shrubs, one of the Hakea's. This is what I started with.
    Img_6491.jpg

    After some careful and gentle turning this is what I came up with.

    Img_6498.jpg

    Img_6496.jpg

    Img_6500.jpg

    Img_6502.jpg

    Was rather nervous as I started turning but the piece felt quite solid once in the chuck. The branch was still partly green and turned quite easily and fortunately it didn't demand a blood sacrifice. The piece of wood isn't brilliant but is growing on us now that it has been finished. Basically just tried this out of interest .

    C&C welcome

    Tony
    Tony, thanks for posting this. That's an outside the box project. You did a spectacular job on it. Thanks. ........ Jerry (in Tucson)

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    I would have to take a few 'brave pills' before attempting something like that Tony. I am glad you have completed it without any physical dramas. Now that I know it can be done I will store the image in the back of my mind just in case I get the urge to experiment.
    Hakea is a nice timber to turn, I have made a few tool handles out of it over the years.

    Alan...

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    I would expect you did quite a bit of air turning followed by will this now shatter.

    Fantastic effort an I can see quite a bit of skill involved.


    Cheers Matt

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    Brava, Sir, Brava! Well done, I say.

    Appropriately named, too.

    In a way it's a pity you showed it to us here, now. That would rank very highly in the Australian Woodturning Exhibition; it'd blitz the score-cards in form and difficulty of turning.

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    Fantastic piece .
    What size is it ?
    Ted

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    Senbloodysational, absolutely gob smacked.

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    Well done Tony , very brave effort , 10 out 10 for difficulty
    Cheers smiife

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    Thank you all for your comments guys, glad you liked it.

    Alan, I mounted the piece between centres and turned a tenon then mounted in the chuck. Despite the appearance of the base the tenon was quite solid.

    Matt, I was extremely cautious to start but it soon became apparent (after a little catch) that it was reasonably solid. I did stop and check for movement/weakness regularly.

    Thanks Skew, Ill see how I go with another. I have learnt a bit from this piece and have a good idea what sort of wood I would want if trying again. In my mind this one isn't quite good enough to enter in a competition. A couple of little imperfections that have been strategically hidden from the camera.

    Ted, the piece is 250 mm tall by 180 wide.

    Hi smiife, As I said above, once i got into it it wasnt as scary as I first thought. But it was up there on the difficulty scale. Had a couple of little catches and they both took a bit of bark off the edge.

    Tony
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    An interesting and bold piece of turning (almost sculptural), well done.
    Saw an image on tv last night that reminded me of the form.
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    Thanks AB, sometimes an idea works, sometimes its firewood. As your image shows, there is not much that hasn't been done before.

    Tony
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    Tony, how did you stop the "wings" from flexing?

    Jim
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    G'day Jim. I turned the outside first then turned the inside in small steps taking each step to final thickness before moving on.

    Tony
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    holy crap, that is a work of art. The more I look at it the more I luv it.

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