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This is my 5th and last piece of this spalted ash, and I'm having a drink to celebrate. I worked 2 days trying to get a decent surface on this one and then blew out the opening in my first 30 minutes of hollowing. Lets just say its a bit punky. I had a satisfying fantasy of powdering it with a shotgun, but out of reverence for the wood I pressed on. The hole is bigger than planned and the form had to be altered a bit but it's done anyway. There's some pitting I couldn't work out with my current skill set but maybe that has to be accepted as the nature of highly spalted wood. I can't decide if that is "character" or a defect. Honest C&C is always appreciated
7.5"w x 6"h. 3/4" hole. Rattle can lacquer that will be sanded down.
 

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I love that you consider that a "Big" hole. Ive always admired your hollow forms. I like the teardrop form a ton and was considering giving that form a shot not to bogart your style just wanted to see if I could get even close. I don't have any CC for you but a sort of challenge perhaps? I'd love to see a hollow form that is unlike anything you have done before. With your skill set I bet you could get way way out there... Don't mean that as a critique but more a compliment. Anyway, gorgeous piece as usual brotha:thumbsup:
 

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I love that you consider that a "Big" hole. Ive always admired your hollow forms. I like the teardrop form a ton and was considering giving that form a shot not to bogart your style just wanted to see if I could get even close. I don't have any CC for you but a sort of challenge perhaps? I'd love to see a hollow form that is unlike anything you have done before. With your skill set I bet you could get way way out there... Don't mean that as a critique but more a compliment. Anyway, gorgeous piece as usual brotha:thumbsup:
Thanks, Bond. Just yesterday I was thinking that my pieces are starting to all look the same. I'm drawn to these "organic" shapes but I agree that it's good to step out of the comfort zone once in awhile. I'm open to suggestions.
 

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I think it looks really cool Bonanza.
Reminds me of a big dinosaur egg. Nice looking piece of wood with all the detail in the grain.
Mike Hawkins;)
 

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I actually thought of your stuff when I saw this video the first time... still a pretty organic form...
....thought it might fit your meticulous nature. Also I think I remember you saying you use a wire to measure thickness. Know this sounds stupid but where did you get the wire? I went to home depot and asked them for wire with a lot of memory and they said they didnt have anything like that.:huh: what thickness do you use, what kind of wire and where?!?! I'm done using the flick the wall and listen method. Too many failures to count
 

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I actually thought of your stuff when I saw this video the first time... still a pretty organic form...Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyJyWNsJEu0 ....thought it might fit your meticulous nature. Also I think I remember you saying you use a wire to measure thickness. Know this sounds stupid but where did you get the wire? I went to home depot and asked them for wire with a lot of memory and they said they didnt have anything like that.:huh: what thickness do you use, what kind of wire and where?!?! I'm done using the flick the wall and listen method. Too many failures to count
Well that is pretty cool. I've never seen that done. It's got my wheels turning.
As for wire, I've used several kinds and they have all worked, just some better that others. Even clothes hanger wire will work. The best stuff I've used must be some kind of spring wire. It's very thin but stiff and has strong memory. It was given to me so I can't say for sure what it is but I still use several others as well. Do you have Ellsworth's book?
 

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