Sequence for a Reverse-turned Vase
This turning produces a hollow form without the difficulty of turning a large
hollow through a tiny hole, yet it leaves virtually no indication that it
wasn't turned that way through a trick in the bottom.
Preparing the Vase Blank
- Turn blank round.
- Face off both ends.
- Cut spigots on both ends.
Turning the Vase Proper
- Turn shape (see illustration). Proportionally, the bottom of the vase
(foot) should measure roughly between 1/4 and
1/3 of the maximum diameter of the body.
- Part off bottom with a wide part for plug. Cut the part with a uniform
diameter. The side that will drop off is what will get inserted back
into the vase after hollowing has been done. The plug can be faced off
and grooves turned into it or etched with a name to push the joke
further. Before parting completely, make a mark to aid in realigning
the grain during later reassembly.
- Hollow out vase taking care not to widen the opening beyond the plug
- Turn plug hole on separated bottom to fit snuggly just inside vase
Execute the "Trick"
- Matching the grain exactly, glue in plug overnight. A coin could be
dropped inside to make the trick even more delirious.
- Turn foot. There are multiple appearances that can be applied to hide
the plug including placing a corner where the plug edges are
(1¼ diameter on bottom in illustration). Another method (not
illustrated here) would be to turn an actual foot using the rest of
the stock past the plug assuming the choked-up grain still matches or
is insignificantly figured.
- Turn neck and drill neck hole.
- Finish outside and bottom of vase.
- Turn a decorative neck plug (cap) if desired.