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Wooden Butterfly Vase

Sometimes a good shape needs something more. The form of this Wooden Butterfly Vase wooden vase was bland and boring. It needed color. I began to teach myself Airbrushing as I could not find a place to take lessons. It was a very painful experience with lots of failures. I had to hunker down and spend weeks figuring it out. Adjusting the spray, mixing the colors and most importantly keeping the airbrush from clogging. Finally, I was able to make progress and now use this tool often.

Early on in my woodturning experience I was drawn to different methods to decorate wood. At the time there was and still is a lot of resistance from “The Wood Purists” who believe that wood should not be treated with any color. I find this to be a ridiculous limitation for the art form. Wood is another type of a canvas.

This Wooden Butterfly Vase is airbrushed and then finished with a high gloss protective coating.  The size is 3 1/2 inch diameter by 6 inches tall.  It amazes me how much this hobby pushes my comfort zone.  Take a look at some of my other airbrushed items.

To make a deep vase is much more challenging than making a bowl. The opening is narrow with a greater depth. I use a Steady Rest tool to support the vase as it is spins. Without a Steady Rest turning can become dangerous should the wood fly off the chuck. When that happens duck, pray and check your body for damage.

Gift Ideas

Also, Should you not find a special gift in my website store and if you have a moment check out great gift ideas in my Etsy store.


This vase is a unique piece as are all the items that I make in my studio in Montvale, New Jersey, USA.


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