Jim Beebe sent in some pictures of his recent work.
The first one is a Maple burl with a wipe on poly finish.
The other two are my first attempt at making a tapered beveled vessel. I spent more time figuring out how to make the cuts and the making the jigs to do the cutting than I did turning the vessel. That was the easiest part. I used 16 segments of European Beech and then inserted 1/4” thick pieces of Padauk between them. The hardest part of the process was glueing 32 pieces together into a cone shape all at once. I had to make a donut clamping jig to clamp it all together. Miraculously, the joints turned out almost perfect. When I first looked inside the vessel, it reminded me of an octopus. So, being a staunch James Bond fan, I have named it Octopussy. The finish is Watco oil, but I will probably use a spray lacquer for the final finish. One more note: Padauk bleeds into open grain wood (such as Beech) so if I do another one, I will probably use Maple as the light colour and something other than Padauk for the inserts.