My second Box Elder turning! Here’s the process of creating an end grain vase. I’d been sketching like any good artist should do and became fixated on a vase design that was waiting for the right piece of wood to come around. When I acquired the Box Elder tree, I knew there would be a vase in my near future. I began with a section about 4.5″ square by 9″ long and went to town!
Roughing out a piece of wood is one of the most exciting things about turning! I can’t get over all the surprises and amazing grain patterns that can be found in lumber. Needless to say, I was rather ecstatic to see these streaks of red show up!
On the other side are more interesting grain patterns caused from a branch intersection.
At this point, I’ve completed the rough shaping am pretty happy with the grain patterns in the piece. All that is left for the outside of the form is to carefully refine that profile and sand until silky smooth!
I used Abranet sandpaper for the vase. This piece of wood was so wet when I initially put it on the lathe that I was getting a shower while turning it! These conditions will gum up traditional sandpapers almost instantly so Abranet is almost required for sanding wet wood
With the outside of the vase sanded it’s time to focus on the inside of the vase. I could take the simple way out of this task by drilling out the inside with a forstner bit, but no. I hand hollowed the vase so that the weight of the piece reflected the visually light appearance that is created by the graceful curves of this piece.
Here’s the finished product! Of course it’s for sale too!
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If you’d like a custom vase or other woodturning made, I am available for commission work.