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Years ago, I turned a series of tall bottle/vases on the lathe. The idea behind the pieces was to use them as tools to help me slow down and keep my life in balance. If I built these objects that were balancing on a small foot, I surmised, and would topple over with too much vibration on the floor, then I would be forced to change my physicality to them lest I would be picking them up all day.

I envisioned them as resting upright in the corners of my home and shop.  They ranged from 12″ to 36″ tall. I used all types of wood. As you can see from the photo, I even glued up some poplar for some of these.

I enjoyed making the bottles because each time I went to the lathe, I got into a zen-like trance. Before I knew it, three or four hours would pass.  There is something contemplative about removing wood at such a slow pace.


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