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jttheclockman

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This little box is outside of my comfort zone. Thoughts or critiques? Should I stay in my comfort zone or expand it a bit? Metal effects paint, texturing, different shape, etc.

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Wow that was a huge step. There are many different elements going on there and they all blend nicely. I like the style, proportions, details, and colors used. To me keep at it and expand some more. Job well done.:)
 

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I think it looks great Cody! Quite a ways from my comfort zone for sure. I just got back from my woodturners meeting yesterday. Had a guy showing some bowls he made critiquing his work. They looked great from our eyes! That's what's great about using your imagination and coming up with great stuff! Nice work!
 

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Thanks Hank and Terry.

Hank, I do not actively market and sell stuff. I will make things for people who request it and my wife will drag me to one more or two craft shows a year to reduce the volume of stuff we have around. She maintains a “store” in our rec room for her friends and acquaintances. PM me if you have a specific interest in something.
 

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That looks really great, Cody ... I love it !!!! . What wood/material is it made of ?

Just wondering how you accurately squared it up before turning it ...

... and also how you put the random circles on the square sides.
 

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By all means continue down this path Cody. In my opinion you have really turned a corner from well done functional pieces, to more truly artistic works. By combining several different mediums, that makes a huge difference. Now I still love attractive wood, and always will. But combined with paint, texturing, embellishments and a different profile - that's a great step up.

Well done.
 

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That looks really great, Cody ... I love it !!!! . What wood/material is it made of ?

Just wondering how you accurately squared it up before turning it ...

... and also how you put the random circles on the square sides.
Thanks Mail. I squared the blank on my table saw using the rip fence, found the centers on both sides of the blank as precisely as I could, mounted between centers, squared up the end (did not need to do much since it was running pretty true) and turned the bottom and a mortise for my chuck. Flipped it around and turned the top and hollowed. It’s cherry painted with copper metal effects and gesso, and top coated with WOP. The circles were made with three different sizes of bubble burs.
 

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My question is how do you hollow a square piece of wood. Remember I'm new to turning. LMAO
I used a special square hollowing tool. Seriously, I hollowed it like any other piece. It was hard figuring the wall thickness in the differing planes so I erred on the safe side and left it a little thicker than usual.
 

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My question is how do you hollow a square piece of wood. Remember I'm new to turning. LMAO
I used a special square hollowing tool. Seriously, I hollowed it like any other piece. It was hard figuring the wall thickness in the differing planes so I erred on the safe side and left it a little thicker than usual.
Thanks Cody! Man I think it would drive me crazy to try to hollow something square. I guess being new, I would have never thought of it. Great work my friend!
 

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Thanks Hank and Terry.

Hank, I do not actively market and sell stuff. I will make things for people who request it and my wife will drag me to one more or two craft shows a year to reduce the volume of stuff we have around. She maintains a “store” in our rec room for her friends and acquaintances. PM me if you have a specific interest in something.
My question to you about selling was because your work looks professional and I didn't remember you saying anything about sales. Your work kind reminds me of my son-in-laws classy ceramic art that he sells on occasion at specialty stores and boutiques.

Your metallic wood painted objects are exceptional.
 

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By all means continue down this path Cody. In my opinion you have really turned a corner from well done functional pieces, to more truly artistic works. By combining several different mediums, that makes a huge difference. Now I still love attractive wood, and always will. But combined with paint, texturing, embellishments and a different profile - that's a great step up.

Well done.
Thanks Mark.
 

robutacion

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Beautiful piece mate...!

I wonder if you are aware or if that would be something you would use on these type boxes, and there are the metal hinges (gold, silver, bronze) you can buy, in my view, they are most suitable for this type of work and become an extra feature that will improve/enhance the piece, in most cases, they look like the pics below;

Cheers
George
 

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You asked, "should I step out of my comfort zone?" The answer is for sure a YES! Two reasons, you have the skill, you've proven it here, and if you always stay in your comfort zone you'll never realize your full potential. Sure, you might get beat up and banged around a bit but at least you've taken the chance and hopefully learned something from your stepping outside your comfort zone. Good work and a very nice piece.
 

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That looks really great, Cody ... I love it !!!! . What wood/material is it made of ?

Just wondering how you accurately squared it up before turning it ...

... and also how you put the random circles on the square sides.
I'm curious, too. You have taken a giant step and my complements on the whole box! Also, what did you use for finish?
Answers are n post #13. Thanks.
 
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Fred Bruche

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Terrific looking piece!
I have a rough turned piece drying with a somewhat similar looking idea. I did some thinking between end and flat grain, ended up turning it flat grain. With the paint, I can't tell what you did. Any wisdom to share? Thanks!
 
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