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An unusual commission

Members might be interested to see an unusual commission that I’ve just completed – an urn for a portion of someone’s cremation ashes. The club was contacted to see if any member could make this; Rolf asked a number of us and I was the one foolish enough to say I would have a go. The customer specified spalted beech wood and a gloss finish, not an easy combination. This is the result.

The finished size is about 9inches tall and just over 5 inches diameter. The button and drop finial inside the lid are ebony.  The outside has multiple coats of gloss acrylic lacquer, polished with burnishing cream. The lid is held on using a nitrile rubber ‘O’ ring as per the article for a coffee container in W/T 350. I experimented with using a screw thread cut from a plastic tumbler but decided not to use that because it would be difficult to maintain the grain match. I completed my test piece as a ‘flying saucer’ box and it is now for sale in the Artists and Makers shop in CD.


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3 Responses to “An unusual commission”

  1. Mick Schofield says:

    Phil, this has come out marvellously well. The client will be really pleased.

  2. Rolf Buwert says:

    Excellent work Phil, and one of the nicest pieces of spalted beech I have seen in a while. We have a few good turners in the club but I was confident you could achieve the high standards required for such a sensitive piece. Well done.

  3. John Twiname says:

    Well done Phil,realy nise work it certenly takes a good turner to make as good a finish as that, well done, may be an idea for item made of any spalted timber,for compition Rolf ,

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