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A wooden vase is essentially a deep bowl.  Wooden Vases are a little more difficult to turn than a bowl due to their depth.  Depending on the depth of a case, a different set of tools must be employed  The artist has a variety of tool choices that include carbide cutters, ring tools, hook tools, and scrappers to name a few.  An optional study rest may need to be attached to the lathe.  This will reduce vibration while turning and allow much more support so the part is not torn from the chuck which can be a dangerous situation.

In addition, since most deep vases are turned parallel to the end grain this also calls for tools with different cutter shapes.   Bowls are usually turned on side grain and the shavings are curly.  With the end grain turning the waste wood is most likely to be dust-like particles with a sandy texture. 

All of the same finishing techniques applied to bowls can be used on vases.  This includes pyrography which is a branding technique with a red-hot wire, paints, stains, airbrushing and carving.  These finishing applications may take longer to complete than the time it took to make the form.  Here are a few examples of vases with these techniques.

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