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Special project for a friend----Sycamore

My close friend lost his battle with brain cancer this week; all too soon. Had initially planned to have a weekend of fishing, but remembered that I'd shaped a piece that would be ideal as an urn since I knew he'd want to be cremated & the family was surprised/pleased with the offer---can go fishing another weekend. (That's where my weekend went & NOT complaining)
Think if I'm going to make more urns that I'll investigate the captured hollowing tools. I'm physically tired from making this one---the leverages on the tools are significant when reaching deep into a blank to hollow it. Did that mostly with carbides &am really glad I have the longer tools. Finished it today, didn't get it to the service, but then again no one was expecting it.
This is Sycamore-about 15 by ~ 7.5 inches. The hollowed area is 10 x 6.5-- He was a big guy. Finish is lacquer. Inside is finished with epoxy--mostly cause I don't trust endgrain vessels. The shape is reminiscent of a bullet since he was an avid outdoor person and gun collector (Family really liked that idea). Had considered dyeing the wood to look like a bullet but thought better of that since I have no experience with doing that & no one around here carries that material.(Besides I really prefer the look of the wood)
Experimenting with using PVC fittings for the lid and vessel as I'm not inclined to chase threads.
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It's a nice tribute to your friend and I'm sure that it means a lot to the family. I was startled when you mentioned the size especially since you hollowed it by hand. I would say that you have hollowed to the limits of what can be done by hand using ordinary tools. A boring bar rig or captured D type rig is worth every penny if you plan to do even a few more hollow forms that are very deep. Certainly using a captured bar (or elbow rig) for making urns will save a lot of wear and tear on your body.

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