Prairie's End Woodcrafts
Lloyd E. Stahl (281) 392-5336


Gallery of my Favorite Pieces


The items included below are few select pieces that I particularly liked, but were also appreciated by others and have been sold. I include the photos and descriptions for my own review and for you to see what I have done in the past and can, possibly, do again if you are interested.

If you like the woods I'm using in my turnings and want to use them in your own work, have a look at my companion website, Texas Woodcrafts.net.



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Texas Ebony Vase

This is a very nice, small natural-edge vase turned from Texas Ebony. It has very thin (~1/8 inch) flared sides and a natural edge with full bark. The colors are the rich dark brown of our Ebony heartwood, the light, golden-brown of Ebony sapwood and dark brown, almost black bark rim.

This vase is approximately 6 inches wide and 6 inches high. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and sealing with a natural Danish oil, followed by buffing and waxing to a soft shine. The surface is smooth and has an almost sensual feel.



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Osage Orange Lidded Box 07-1

This is a beautiful lidded box hand-turned from Texas Bodark (Osage Orange to you non-Texans). The overall size is approximately 2-7/8 inches in diameter and 4 inches high, with a capacity of approximately 10 cubic inches. It has gently concave sides, a flat bottom and a delicate, gently pointed top. The color is a rich golden brown of Osage Orange heartwood on a vertical linear pattern.

The lid is very nicely fitting - snug enough to "pop" when removed - and turned from the same piece of Bodark as the base, such that the linear grain pattern carries thru from the bottom to the top.

This box has been finished in hand-rubbed Danish oil and buffed and waxed to a soft, smooth and glossy shine. I really like this one and was (almost) sorry to see it go.

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Large Honey Mesquite Bowl


I really like this bowl; to date it is my favorite large, functional (as opposed to “artistic”) bowl. It is very large at 13-1/2 inches wide and 4-1/2 inches deep, with a graceful, sweeping shape and an overhanging and slightly cupped rim. It was finished in a hand-rubbed Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft shine.

The wood is Texas Honey Mesquite - all solid heartwood – and relatively unique in that I need to make no excuses about Mesquite’s “character flaws”. It is difficult for me to find this large a piece of Mesquite without the pith, radial or ring (wind shake) cracks, bark inclusions or sap pockets - but this piece was absolutely perfect!


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Mesquite Paper-thin Winged Bowl

This is a very delicate Mesquite "winged" vessel with natural bark and sapwood edges and almost "paper thin" wings. It was very carefully turned from a thick Mesquite limb with an approximately 30 degree bend. The result is a thin but strong vessel with a grain which runs generally parallel with the turned wings.

This vessel is approximately 14 inches long, 8 inches wide and 7 inches high at the ends. Several thin, tight cracks are visible in the outer portions of the wings. These cracks were present in the wood when harvested and were reinforced with glue during the turning. These features add to the natural character of the wood. This bowl is finished in a hand-rubbed Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft shine.

This bowl won a 1st place in a juried show and for a time was on display at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

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Redbud Vase

This is a beautiful natural edge vase turned from a hurricane-downed Eastern Redbud tree. It is large, at approximately 7 inches wide and 8.5 inchs high, with very thin (~1/8 inch) and strongly flared sides. The grain pattern is one of broadly undulating bands of golden to chocolate brown wood. These bands are symmetrically centered on a "bulls-eye" in the lower portion of the vase.

This vase is finished with multiple layers of gloss polyurethane.



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Huisache Goblet

This is a gorgeous goblet turned from Texas Huisache (pronounced "wee-sash" and known as Sweet Acacia outside Texas). At 3 inches wide and 8 inches high, it is tall and relatively slender - almost a wine glass in proportions. The colors are a beautiful beige to light umber (reddish brown) in the heartwood with patches of yellow sapwood on the outside.

The grain in this goblet is a tight swirling pattern that appears almost marbled in areas. Finish included sanding to 1000 grit, sealing with a natural Danish oil, and then buffing and waxing to a brilliant shine.


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Huisache Vase

This is a very nice small and symmetrical natural-edge vase turned from Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It has very thin (~1/8 inch) and strongly flared sides and a natural edge with full bark. The grain forms symmetrical bands of dark to orange/red brown Huisache colors centered on the pith of the small log from which it was turned. Two distinctive tight knots are present in the bottom and an interesting pattern of rays can be traced up the side to a small juvenile branch on the bark rim.

The size of this small vase is approximately 4-1/2 by 5-3/4 inches wide by 3-1/2 inches high. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and sealing with a natural Danish oil, followed by buffing and waxing to a soft shine. The surface is so smooth that it feels almost sensual.



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Green Ash Hollow Globe Ornament

This is a delicate, light-weight ornament turned from Texas Green Ash. The small globe has been hollowed to reduce the total weight. The short icicle spindle and pointed finial are turned from Texas Ebony.

The overall size is approximately 2-3/4" tall and 2-1/8" wide. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and multiple coats of lacquer.




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Pecan Vase

This is a very nice natural-edge vase turned from Texas Pecan. It also has very thin (~1/8 inch) and strongly flared sides and a natural edge with full bark. The colors are the light brown of pecan with thin soft grey bands of light spalting. The tight, closed pith of the small log from which the vase was turned is distinctive high on the sides, and forms the center of the radial bands of spalting. Two distinctive tight knots are present in the bottom and an interesting pattern of rays can be traced up the side to a small juvenile branch on the bark rim.

This vase is approximately 4-3/4 by 6-1/2 inches wide by 4-1/2 inches high. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and sealing with a natural Danish oil, followed by buffing and waxing to a soft shine. The surface is smooth and has an almost sensual feel.



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White Ash-Mesquite Hollow Globe Ornament

This is an absolutely beautiful, large light-weight ornament turned from Texas White Ash and Honey Mesquite. The large White Ash globe was hollowed to reduce the total weight. The long, delicate icicle spindle and capping finial were made with Mesquite.

The colors include soft browns of the Ash globe and the reddish brown of the trim, typical of Mesquite heartwood. An elongated barky gap is present at high angle on one side of the globe and forms an interesting and eye-catching feature on that side. The White Ash wood is darker brown adjacent to the barky gap due to spalt staining.

This ornament is approximately 8" tall and 3" wide. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and multiple coats of lacquer.




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Natural-Edge White Ash Vase

This is a nice little natural-edge vase turned from Texas White Ash. It has very thin (~1/8 inch) walls, a tightly tapered waist and strongly flared sides. The natural edge is complete with full bark. The colors are primarily the light and dark browns of White Ash, but there some gray-browns related to spalting in several areas. I have to admit also that I was not able to sand-out some local "tear-out" of the grain - which accounts for an area of light-gray/brown shading on the upper portion of the inside rim (top two photos, right side).

This vase is approximately 5 inches wide by 4 inches high. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and sealing with a natural Danish oil, followed by buffing and waxing to a soft shine.

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