A Turn-ed Sculpture

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Project by Mark Wilson posted 01-27-2019 01:18 AM 586 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

And, also:

Sometimes, doggone it, a guy just wants to know what the inside of a piece of wood looks like. And, you know what? It’s a pretty deep thing, when you think about it – no one has ever seen what one is seeing right at the moment it’s revealed. Heavy.

So, this is Chinese Elm. I’ve turned it before, and liked it a lot. I think this is the last piece of it I had. It’s about 8” long, 3-3/4” tall. The base is Jacaranda. Finished in YG/HS. It has a real nice, silky shine to it, that the stupid camera didn’t really pick up.

It is a little weighted to the two-branch side, but it’ll stand up on its own, as long as no one gives it a stern look.

I made a few process photos.

Thank you. And, I Apologize.

-Two wrongs don’t make a right. But, three rights always make a left.-

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-27-2019 01:41 AM

You are an artist in wood. Its a bird, it soaring in that one picture, well done. plus plus

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#2 posted 01-27-2019 02:24 AM

Thought this was another piece of mulberry until I read the story. Man, that is sure some beautiful colour.
I too, love experimenting with what is inside this wonderful WOO stuff. Like you said, no-one has ever seen that before.
Great job mate, it goes to show that even a ** bit of wood can be made into something of real beauty.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 01-27-2019 02:30 AM

Mate, I think you have invented a new type of boomerang.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 01-27-2019 03:49 AM

Heeee’s Baaack.

Remember when I (favorably) compared you to George Orr – the famous ceramic artist known as the “Mad Potter” for his innovative designs?

The Mad Turner is back in the best possible way. Experimentation is good for the soul. Thanks for posting

PS. In 7th grade a friend and I had this “If left is the opposite of Right and right is the opposite of wrong, does that mean left is wrong and if two wrongs don’t make a right is two lefts a double negative?” routine that drove people CRAZY.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-27-2019 04:35 AM

mark do you ever rest buddy,youve been on a tear lately,but a good one!.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 01-27-2019 07:21 AM

Mark, your sculptures are always inspireing

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 01-27-2019 02:06 PM

Very inspiring Mark. Experimenting is the only way we will ever create new and beautiful things keep at it.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 01-27-2019 03:32 PM

Gorgeous! What else can I say??

I’d be interested in knowing how you made the original recess (or tenon) for securing the piece in the chuck.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-27-2019 06:16 PM

Nice work, Mark. I know you know what is like working close to a propeller!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#10 posted 01-28-2019 01:12 AM

Yes Jim, the air base I served at had a nasty incident with a guy walking through a herc prop.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Mark Wilson

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#11 posted 01-28-2019 07:00 AM

Lew: Wormscrew inside. Pin jaws outside.

-- Mark

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#12 posted 01-28-2019 04:20 PM

Very nice indeed Mark!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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