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Don Leydens

First real Hollow Form

This is my first real hollow form (that lived). It's cedar and 6" tall X 4.25" wide. Finish is wipe on poly. A little texturing around the rim. I was thrilled to finally pull one of these off with a nice consistent 1/8" thickness. Please be very honest with any criticisms (I can take it)so I can go up from here. Thanks for looking and all comments welcome, Don L.

First real Hollow Form
Don Leydens, May 13, 2010
    • Norm Smith
      Hi Don,
      I love the form, the finish and the wood. Well done.
    • Clemens
      Don, very nice in all respects. I've been watching your neat red cedar pieces and I wonder how you keep them near their natural color. Mine oxidize and turn a dull brown regardless of the finish.
    • Cathy Schaewe
      It's really pretty -
    • kevinkabby
      It doesn't matter what anybody else thinks!! If you are happy with it that is what matters. Developing your style because of others in my view(cause that is all it is) is silly. I think it is a great piece especially for your first form and at 1/8 inch thick. How many coats of poly did you use?
    • Dale Jablonski
      Don, it looks really good! How smooth were you able to get your insides? I'm getting close to my first successful hollow form. What type of hollowing tools are you using?
    • Atle Walvag
      Great looking piece Don.
    • Lou Carbone
      Great job Don. Very nice form and finish.
    • Don Leydens
      Thanks to all for their comments!!

      Dale C. - About the dull brown coloring, to be honest, I don't know. Maybe because I turn it and put the first coat on in the same day (?).

      Kevin - I wasn't looking for superfluous styling criticisms, just what some might consider an actual mistake (like the foot isn't rounded inward enough). There are about 8 coats of poly on it. They were all done off the lathe, which I won't do again....uhggg!

      Thanks again,
      Don L.

      Dale J. - The inside is pretty smooth overall, but I was so nervous about breaking this one, I left it as smooth as I could without using a scraper. Next time I'll have more guts. I used the Monster Hollowing System and LOVE it. Amazing how much control and sensitivity that tool has.
    • Mr. Don
      SUPER!!! Remember...the turtle did not get ahead until he stuck his head out.....
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