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Wood Turning a Birch Vase (6)

Stumped, but enjoying it.

As I am sanding I taper the wings to a finer edge. Sand paper is a cutting tool, especially in the coarser grits.
The nail is still visible in the outer surface
but not the inner. One more cut would have made the difference. It is not necessary for the nail to be there but it does add a point of interest. It also indicates that a line of nails around a vase in a pattern could be a possibility in the future.
I narrow the base to reflect the inner cuts and start to shape the pedestal.
Looking at the interior I decide to not sand the interior to the bottom. this is one of those places where people simply disagree. Some would sand the interior to the bottom "just because" while others like myself generally leave it alone. A friend of mine used to say that hollowing a vase was too much work and just cleared as much of the interior as he could with a Forstner bit. He did nice work.
The pedestal is marked with a parting line. It now needs to be shaped, sanded, and parted off.

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