is cleverly turned vase parades the intricate grains in American black walnut and white oak. We mill eleven blocks at two-and-half degree angles and use a bird's-mouth joiner bit to create a puzzle like connection and initiating a lot of calculating. The increased gluing surface that bird’s-mouth joints provide result in a much stronger construction. Yacht builders use bird’s-mouth joints to construct masts, booms and spars for wooden boats and usually turn them round and smooth, making them lighter weight but also very sturdy. Once our initial eleven blocks are assembled, we true the base and mount it on a one-and-three quarters inch solid sapele base. Then the exciting part, as I love turning, we anchor it on the lathe and begin shaping the jetting staves into elegant smooth lines, marveling at the emerging patterns. The finish consists of two coats of shellac and three coats of clear lacquer and a final coat of semi-gloss that exhibits the natural beauty of these rich wood grains. 9 5/8" high and 6 1/4" wide.