<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="65001"%> 6/17/08 Mosaic Table

 

This is a lamp I made from a piece of locally cut Maple burl.  The ebony cross was an afterthought.  There was a flat spot where the burl was cut with the chainsaw.  If I had gotten rid of it , the lamp would not be as round in the middle and no where near as interesting because I'd have taken out much of the bark on the side.  So, in improvising, I added the cross.  It doesn't hurt that I've been asked for crosses numerous times.  The finial is also turned ebony.  The Mahogany base is my experimenting with turning squares.

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This is a lamp of Black and White Ebony sandwiched between two layers of Gabon Ebony.  The finial is also Gabon Ebony.

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This is the hardest thing I've ever turned.  It was so out of balance, my lathe was jumping more than ever, and I thought I was going to take some wicked wooden shrapnel.  But, I stayed way to the side with my leg on the lathe trying in vain to simmer down the vibrations as the hunks flew across the room at speeds in excess of 100 mph.  In doing the oak base, I was experimenting with turning triangles. 

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