This is a piece I made to show some of the guys here how I make these being that we don't have a hollowing tool. I get asked on LJ's how I do it so I posted some process shots below. It is done almost entirely with a 5/8” bowl gouge working the inside from the bottom.This is a small vase( 4 1/4” diameter and 4” high ) made from mesquite and inlaid with a little sap wood showing turquoise in a few of the cracks that surfaced. It is finished with Danish Oil and then buffed and waxed.From the shots below it started with a mesquite log that was from a tree we cut 2 weeks ago. A tenon was turned on both ends and then the part for the bottom was parted off for plugging the bottom and holding the piece while finishing the top. Here are the process shots: andI made a jam chuck to fit the top and used it to turn off the bottom tenon to the bottom of the piece.
Made this plaque for my cousin as a surprise gift just prior to his visiting from out of state. He has his own Professional Photography Studio. The Plaque is just under 5” x 5” in size. I used Alder, Natural Danish Oil and Poly.