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Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:41 am
by Fleming
This is a recent piece done on the indexer. The shape and butterflies are 3D carved and the background
plantings are V-carved. The wood is black walnut. Vase is about 9" tall and 3" diameter.

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Walnut vase

Re: Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 12:46 am
by highpockets
Beautiful work. Like the design as well as the workmanship.

Re: Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:28 pm
by dwilli9013
Very nice work. Pushing me to get my rotary up and going. Thanks for sharing. :lol: :lol:

Re: Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:28 pm
by mfirlott
Very, very nice indeed.

If you carved the outsides on the indexer, how did you do the inside of the vase?

Thanks for sharing.

Re: Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:40 pm
by TReischl
mfirlott wrote:If you carved the outsides on the indexer, how did you do the inside of the vase?

Thanks for sharing.


Not sure how the OP did it, but I do it by turning on a lathe. The reason I am commenting is that I do it a little differently than most people would think.

I turn the inside first on the lathe. In my case I use a home made deep hollowing rig and a laser light to control wall thickness and depth.

Then on the rotary axis I turn a short "spud" that fits snugly inside the piece and use a tailstock to keep it from falling off. To get a tight fit on the spud, I use paper towel. By using a spud it is possible to turn past the upper lip on the vessel. Using jaws to do this type of thing gets to be problematic at best.

A really fun thing to do is use a forstner bit to "turn" the inside of small boxes and then put them on the rotary using the method above.

Re: Butterflies on Walnut Vase

PostPosted: Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:19 pm
by Fleming
Thank you for the nice comments. I do the same as Ted, turn the inside on the lathe and rough shape the outside. My lathe and rotary use the same 1X8 tpi threaded connection so moving from one to the other is simple.