Upside Where?

The Lamp Lighter

This vase almost went into the fire. I had been turning Inside Out Vases with the heavy portion near the top. The vase then tapered down to a slender foot. So this one began life turned heavy end up like the others. It also had a few characteristics that have now disappeared. It was just plain ugly.

Somehow I couldn’t bring myself to throw it away. I set the thing on a shelf where I could see it everytime I sat down to eat. I stared at that object for more than a month, looking for some way to salvage it. One morning I saw the salvation. In my mind’s eye the piece turned itself over, settling heavy end down.

Sometimes there is no salvage as Andy Coates of so graphically illustrates in his May 2 post. This time, however, the proportions needed only a little refinement to make a figure pleasing to the eye and to the touch.

Peregrine Falcon

Ellis Hein


About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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