• October Turning Challenge Winner!

    Congratulations to Don Wattenhofer for his segmented mallet being voted as the winner of the October Challenge to turn a mallet! CLICK HERE to see the voting results.

  • Vote for your favorite entry in the November Turning Challenge -- Turn a Snow Person.

    Cast your vote HERE.
  • Turning of the Week -- November 29, 2021

    Congratulations to Dave Landers for "Wormy Ash Hollowform with Pewas" being selected as this weeks TOTW! CLICK HERE for full details.

  • Welcome new registering member. Your username must be your real First and Last name (for example: John Doe). "Screen names" and "handles" are not allowed and your registration will be deleted if you don't use your real name. Also, do not use all caps nor all lower case.
Ash Vessel - decorated
Tom Gall

Ash Vessel - decorated

(2019) Bucks Woodturners “Pollyanna” exchange. Ash - 5¼”ø x 4¾”h.

Embellished with cup burs, stipple textured with small round burs, colored with airbrushed acrylics and metallic paints.
Excellent execution. Can you link or tell us more about the cup burs you used to make the little circles? What about airbrushing that crisp line? Masking tape or something else?
@Ben Grefe
Thanks, Ben. Cup burs are used in the jewelry making industry. Larger sizes are now available for woodworkers. They have 3/32" or 1/8" shafts and are used in rotary tools (micro-motor or flex-shaft - Lots of smoke!). I've purchased them in the past from Rio Grande and Otto Frei (jewelry suppliers), but more recently from MDI Woodcarvers Supply (see link).

Yes, masking tape to free-form the center band for painting, and then again over the painted center band to paint over the stippling and rim area. 3M vinyl tape (narrow widths ¼"+) works well for curves (but pricey) and cheaper stuff for just covering larger areas.

Wow, very nice Tom! You combined so many decorative techniques into one piece and it came out tasteful and beautiful!

Media information

Tom Gall
Added by
Tom Gall
Date added
View count
Comment count
5.00 star(s) 1 ratings

Image metadata

Panasonic DMC-LX3
Focal length
6.8 mm
Exposure time
1/40 second(s)
Off, did not fire
1 - Profile - P1040205.jpg
File size
464.1 KB
Date taken
Sun, 17 November 2019 9:05 PM
1600px x 1285px

Share this media