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MostlyWood

Frank G. Van Atta
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  • Nov 1, 1938
  • United States
  • Deviant for 10 years
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and now . . . the Beast Beast n. :  something formidably difficult to control or deal with (merriam-webster) By that definition, any winged or asymmetrical turning fits into the "beast" category; so, too, does anything turned from a Banksia pod.  Put them together and you have my definition of a Beast: something that involves cutting a lot of "air" - with sharp, fast moving edges full of holes and little dark projectiles of "stuff" pinging off of your face shield and flying all over the workshop. My Beast is actually a one-of-a-kind goblet turned from Banksia pod, with an Ebony stem and African Blackwood base. Nobody said the beast had to
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Beauty and the Beast I find the Beauty of burls and exotic woods fascinating, and even more so when they are combined. So, here is one of my favorite combinations: the deep red of Bloodwood and dark black of Ebony combined with the beautiful pastel swirls of Box Elder Burl. I turned this small hollow form (5 3/8 in. high x 3 in. diameter) from a glue-up of these three beautiful woods, then added some Ebony and turned the collar/spout on the top. Next comes the Beast, which I will post in a day or so to give you time to fully appreciate this stunning little vase. To be continued . . .
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THIS BAT'S FOR YOU    If you're planning an outdoor party at night and don't want your guests to be bothered by mosquitoes, moths, and other flying insects, then you have two choices: have your party in the dark or invite a few bats over to eat the bugs.    For those of you who don't have any bats of your own and don't know anyone who will loan you a couple, Dan Silverstone runs a unique little business called Rent-A-Bat that will rent you all the bats you need for only $1 per bat per night.    "This is the time of the year when one of the most pleasant places to be in the evening is in the back yard--if you don't mind sharing it with a fe
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