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the FURY

Open spiral turning made of Ash and Walnut. Measurements are 15 W by 12 H. Currently on display at the Detroit Institute of the Arts resale gallery. Comments are welcome, thanks!

the FURY
jlsalter, Mar 28, 2008
    • Norm Smith
      Absolutely wonderful. Love the piece.
    • Ed_McDonnell
      Looking at the grain lines it appears that the piece might have "sprung open" a bit when you opened up the spirals. Sure doesn't detract from the look of the body, but I'm curious if that did in fact happen or if it's an artifact of the picture (or my eyes).

      I really like the piece. My favorite part is the spiralled body. I find myself wondering about your design for the foot. Please don't take this the wrong way, but my first reaction was "you must have run out of steam when you got to the foot". After gazing at the piece for a while I can appreciate how the simplicity of the foot complements the complexity of the rest of the piece. But I still find myself wishing for a little more down there. But that's just me. Overall, I think it is a truly impressive piece.

    • Clemens
      I really like this piece! We all view things differently, and unlike Ed, I think the foot is a perfect balance. For me, it doesn't compete. Your eye naturally travels from the foot, up the open spiral, to (what to me looks like) the flame on top. I agree with Ed that the grain adds to the motion of the piece. Congratulations.
    • pfduffy
      Stunning! BZ! Philip
    • robert davis
      a great piece,foot and all
    • jlsalter
      Wow, really great comments, thank you all for taking time to reply. Ed, youre right, the ribs of the spiral do move slightly. Each rib moves differently depending on the ratio of side-grain to end-grain, but overall, the shape of the body changes very little.

      I spent many hours on this piece by the time I got to the foot, but I dont feel I ran out of steam. The piece really needed the elevation and the foot had to be simple to avoid distracting from the open spiral and the carved flame finial. I always find adding collars, finals and feet to a finished turning can be particularly difficult. In this case, I spent several days working the foot out, I tried spiraled feet, a block pedestal, and finally the carved feet you see here. Additionally, when viewing this piece from 45 degrees as you would see it sitting on a table, the foot seems to vanish.

      Clemens, I agree we all see things differently, thats why a forum like this is such a great thing. I like to hear how other people view my work so I can continue to improve my style.
    • BekasTurn
      This piece particularly stands out to me. Great work!I want to learn spirals such as this.
    • jlsalter
      Thanks Bekas- I have a movie on my website that describes the process of cutting the spirals and then hollowing the vessel. Take a look on the video page at:
    • Ed_McDonnell
      Jeff - I know you put the dimensions in your description, but the size of the piece didn't really register with me until I saw the size of the blank mounted on your lathe in the video. Now that makes it even more amazing. Thanks for posting the link to the video. Really enjoyed watching it.

      That's quite the rig you set up for cutting the spirals. Very impressive.

      By the way, I very much like the pedestal on the piece you feature in the video. That one spoke to me.

    • KurtB
      Jeff, Very cool!

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