Dendritic Talc Vase

This vase is proof that wood is not the only substance that can be turned on a lathe. In this case the object was turned from a very large piece of dendritic talc, a soft stone. The stone was first flattened on one side and then carefully glued to a wooden block so that it could be mounted on the lathe. This material is, among other things extremely messy and somewhat dangerous. Messy because huge amounts of fine dust are produced similar to that which comes from sanding seams in drywall. Dangerous because it is possible that a blank with an invisible internal fault might fly apart on the lathe with little provocation. Finish is wax over a highly-polished surface. Overall size in inches: 4¼ Diameter X 5½ High

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