A Large Handcrafted Segmented Curly Maple & Padauk Wooden Vase


A Large Handcrafted Segmented Curly Maple & Padauk Wooden Vase



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A Large Handcrafted Segmented Curly Maple & Padauk Wooden Vase

This Large Padauk vase took a month to glue up and was a fun turning on my lathe. This is the third largest vase that I have made to date. The Padauk wood came from imported from Brazil.

This is Padauk & Curly Maple segmented wooden vase is made with wood purchased from Central America. It has four  hundred sixty nine pieces of Padauk & Curly Maple segmented pieces glued together. This provides two benefits over turning a bowl from a solid blank. First, there’s less waste because the blank will already be hollow. Second, when turning, you’re nearly always cutting with the grain of the wood, rather than across it. The exception being the disk at the bottom. This reduces tearing, wear on the tools, and makes mounds of those shaving ribbons that are so satisfying to watch fountain off the work-piece and pile up on the floor.

This bowl was hand crafted and turned on my wood lathe.

This Padauk came from Brazil and it is a coarse-grained heartwood varies in color from a lustrous purple-red to orange-red. With age and exposure to sunlight, it turns deep maroon. Padauk wood features a pronounced ribbon stripe and is stronger than oak. The wood sands easily to a glass-smooth finish.

Curly Maple (Tiger Maple) is traditional hard maple with a soft and flowing figure. The hard maple is the state tree of Wisconsin, Vermont, New York and West Virginia. In the North, during the cold nights and warm days of late winter, the sugar maple is tapped for its sucrose-containing sap, the source of maple syrup. Until the turn of the century, the heels of women’s shoes were made from maple. Curly Maple (Tiger Maple) has been a favorite of American furniture makers since early Colonial days.

Vintage charm and character abound in our handmade wood turnings.  Each lovingly hand crafted is turned on my lathe and will surely impress your guests.


13 1/4 inches  diameter by 33 1/4 inches tall.




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