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


Gallery of Vases


Some of these "vases" come close to falling into the "Artistic" category - they are certainly "not suitable for soup"! Most are tall with sharply flaring sides and with natural edge rims. While they are frequently attractive in their own right, they are very suitable for dried floral arrangements. However, without a water-tight liner they are really not appropriate for live flowers requiring immersion in water.

I employ a number of different types of wood in these vases. Most are native Texas woods that I have harvested locally (generally from trees felled for purposes other than just my woodworking). These woods include Texas Honey Mesquite, Texas Bodark (Bois de Arc or Osage Orange), Huisache (Sweet Acacia), native and hybrid Pecans, Live and Water Oaks, Texas Ash, Hackberry, Elm, Walnut and Black Cherry. I also occasionally have access to and use wood from trees imported to Texas for landscape purposes. These include Crepe Myrtle, Redbud, Chinese Elm and some soft Maples.

If you like the woods I'm using in these vases, you can find similar wood for sale on my other site, Texas Woodcrafts.net.



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Huisache Vase 11-9

This is a very nice small natural-edge vase turned from Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It has very thin (~1/8 inch), strongly flared sides and a full bark natural-edge rim. It is very graceful.

The colors are very pleasing, with the soft rosy-brown of Huisache heartwood, the light-brown of Huisache sapwood and the very dark brown of the bark on the rim. The grain forms a very comfortable pattern, flowing gracefully around and between the two separate piths. There are three small old beetle holes in the side which add interesting character.

This vase is approximately 4 inches tall and an oval 3-3/4 by 4-1/2 inches wide. Finishing included sanding to 600 grit and hand-rubbed sealing with 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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Huisache Vase 11-9
$50.00


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Huisache Vase 11-10

This is another nice small natural-edge vase turned from Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It also has very thin (~1/8 inch), flared sides and a full bark natural-edge rim.

The colors are very pleasing, with the soft rosy-brown of Huisache heartwood, the light-brown of Huisache sapwood and the very dark brown of the bark on the rim. The grain forms a very comfortable pattern, flowing gracefully around and between the two separate piths. There are two prominent and long, ribbon-like rays that extend outward from the pith to the rim on each side. There are also several small old beetle holes, two of which are connected. These add an interesting character.

This vase is approximately 3-1/2 inches tall and an oval 4 by 5 inches wide. Finishing included very fine sanding, followed by hand-rubbed sealing with natural Danish oil, and then completed by buffing and waxing to a soft shine. The surface is so smooth that it feels almost sensual.



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Huisache Vase 11-10
$45.00






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Natural-Edge Black Walnut Vase 10-4

This is a very graceful natural-edge vase turned from Texas Black Walnut. The wall thickness is quite thin with a nice, tight bark rim. The lower portion of the vase is the strongly banded grain of dark brown Walnut heartwood. The upper portion is the light brown of Walnut sapwood with irregular zones and patches of darker brown.

The original Walnut blank included the pith of the log and the vase form was oriented such that the pith is located near the base, slightly offset from the center. During turning, a small but prominent crack was exposed between the pith centers on one side of the vase (near the bottom on the 2nd photo). This small crack is a flaw, but is also an interesting character feature and appears to be quite stable.

This vase is approximately 6-1/2 inches high with an oval mouth of approximately 5-1/2 by 6-1/2 inches. It tapers gracefully to 2 inches near the bottom and then flares out to a 2-1/2 inch base. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a soft glossy finish.



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Natural-Edge Black Walnut Vase 10-4 $80.00




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Black Cherry Vase 08-1

This is a graceful, medium sized vase or semi-hollow-form turned from Texas Black Cherry. The wood from which it was turned was part of a large crotch (the point where two limbs fork/diverge from the main trunk). As a result, a beautiful compressed-grain feature known as a "flame figure" or "feather figure" is present on one side. The dark vein within the flame figure near the top of the vase is a small, tight bark-inclusion where the two limbs grew together as the tree matured.

This vase is approximately 8-1/2 inches tall and 5-1/2 inches wide at the top. The sides taper gracefully to a width of 3-1/2 inches near the base and then turn sharply in to form a low pedestal base. At the top, the sides turn gracefully in to form the closed rim. That rim, or mouth of the vase, is set off by two sharply angular beads. The color is the beautiful reddish brown of Cherry heartwood, with the grain pattern defined by darker brown lines. Two areas of quarter-sawn grain pattern are present on opposite sides of the vase.

It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a soft glossy finish that just begs to be touched.

Black Cherry Vase 08-1 $460.00


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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge Vase 08-1

This is a very graceful, natural-edge vase turned from exotic Texas Ebony. The dark chocolate brown color is the Ebony heartwood, the golden yellow is Ebony sapwood. The walls are very thin and capped with a tight band of dark brown Ebony bark.

The wood for this piece was cut from a small crotch and three separate piths are included. The crotch grain pattern includes complex a compression figure that forms an irridesent shimmer (chatoyance) in one large portion of the dark heartwood when the piece is viewed in bright light (you can see some of that chatoyance in the top and bottom photos).

This small vase is approximately 4-1/4 inches high with an oval mouth approximately 4-1/2 by 6 inches wide. It tapers gracefully to an approximate 2-1/2 inch waist and then flares out to a 3 inch base. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish. The resulting surface is almost glassy-smooth.



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Texas Ebony Natural-Edge Vase 08-1 $85.00


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Natural-Edge Huisache Vase 08-1

This is something of an artistic natural-edge vase turned from Texas Huisache. Before I started this piece I knew that there were numerous "bug holes" in the sapwood as well as a prominent barky crotch gap in the blank, but it was a very nice, compound crotch and was worth turning. In the end, those open bug holes and crotch gap proved to be interesting additions to the vase form.

The wall thickness is quite thin, at less than 1/8 inch, with a narrow bark rim. The grain forms a tightly symmetrical pattern around the the four different pith areas. The colors include the rich rosy red brown of the heartwood, bands of yellow-brown sapwood on the rim and at the base, and areas of patchy dark brown spalting in the upper sides.

This vase is approximately 5-1/4 by 3-1/2 inches wide (an oval lip) and 5-1/2 inches high. It was well sanded and finished with Waterlox.



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Natural-Edge Huisache Vase 08-1 $65.00


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Natural-Edge Green Ash Vase 07-1

This is a small, graceful natural-edge vase turned from spalted Green Ash. It has an essentially full and tight, natural-edge bark rim. At 1/8th to 1/16 inch, the walls are very thin and delicate appearing (but are actually quite strong). The colors are a beautiful combination of soft light browns (butterscotch brown?), dark brown bark of the rim, and several irregular patches of light to dark brown spalting. A very nice area of curly Ash grain is present one side of the "waist" of this vase (top photo).

This vase was turned from a crotch portion of the Ash tree and the shape of the rim reflects this origin - the rim is comprised of three separate lobes rather than two as is typical of such natural-edge turnings. The complex grain pattern is also due to its origin within a crotch area - the growth rings are not symmetrical around a single pith (as visible in the more-conventional Ash vase #07-2 below), but are somewhat convoluted around the several separate piths that made up the crotch. This complex grain is very attractive.

The vase is approximately 5 by 6 inches wide (the three-lobed oval lip) and 6 inches high. It is finished in natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin finish. SOLD



Natural-Edge Green Ash Vase 07-1 $65.00


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Natural-Edge Green Ash Vase 07-2

This is another small and graceful natural-edge vase turned from spalted Green Ash. It also has an essentially full and tight, natural-edge bark rim. The walls are very thin and delicate-appearing but actually quite strong. The colors are a beautiful combination of delicate browns - a soft light brown (butterscotch brown?) of the main body, the dark brown bark of the rim, and one curving area of dark brown spalting in the lower portion of one side.

This vase was turned from a straight limb portion of the Ash tree and the shape of the rim reflects this origin - the rim is comprised of two separate and generally symmetrical lobes. The growth rings are also generally symmetrical around the single pith just above the tight waist.

The vase is just under 5 by 7 inches wide (the oval lip) and 5 inches high. It is finished in natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin finish. SOLD



Natural-Edge Green Ash Vase 07-2 $55.00


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Natural-Edge Cherry Vase 07-1

This is a very graceful, large but delicate, natural-edge vase turned from Texas Black Cherry. The wall thickness is almost paper-thin with a nice, tight bark rim. A beautiful pattern of curly figure is present throughout the wood at a high angle to the symmetrical pattern of the grain.

The original Cherry blank included the pith of the log and the vase form was oriented such that the pith is located near the base. A fascinating area of very dark brown spalting associated with the pith extends upward in a broad fan shape (something like a Ginkgo leaf). Two grain-parallel barky gaps were present in the upper portion of the turning blank and remain in the finish piece. Due to the thin walls, the areas adjacent to these open gaps have warped slightly - they are interesting flaws in the piece - I worked hard to keep from tearing-out these features when finishing and sanding the walls in that area. There were also two cracks in the wood near the present rim. I was sorry to see them but decided not to reject the wood since the curly figure was so beautiful - they were carefully glued and filled as I turned and now remain as interesting character features in themselves.

The colors are a combination of alternating soft light tans and browns (a pattern apparently related to the curly figure of the grain) that are lighter in the upper portion and darker toward the base. The darker brown, fan-shaped spalting is distinctive against the lighter brown background.

This vase is approximately 8-1/4 inches high with an oval mouth of approximately 9 by 11 inches. It tapers gracefully to an approximate 3-1/4 inch waist and then flares out to a 4 inch base. It was carefully sanded and sealed with Danish oil, and then buffed and waxed to a soft glossy finish.



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Natural-Edge Cherry Vase 07-1 $260.00




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Natural-Edge Sycamore Vase 06-1

This is a small, graceful, natural-edge vase turned from Texas Sycamore. The wall thickness is quite thin, at less than 1/8 inch with a tight, narrow bark rim.

This vase was turned from a whole limb of Sycamore and the tight pith is included. The grain forms a tightly symmetrical pattern around the pith on opposite sides of the vase. The colors are alternating variations of light and dark brown within adjacent lines of seasonal growth wood of this tight grain pattern. A distinctive black stripe extending out of the pith on one inner side is the barky remains of a juvenile branch that grew early in the life of this Sycamore limb. If you look closely as you rotate this piece in strong light, thousands of tiny "ray flacks" can be seen radiating outward from the pith toward the rim.

This vase is approximately 3-1/2 by 6-1/4 inches wide (an oval lip) and 3-3/4 inches high. It was well sanded, sealed with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a beautiful soft satin finish.



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Natural-Edge Sycamore Vase 06-1 $65.00




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Natural-Edge Pecan Vase 06-1

This is a very graceful, natural-edge vase turned from a limb crotch of Texas Native Pecan. The wall thickness is almost paper-thin with a nice, tight bark rim. The separation between the two limbs of the branch is marked by a prominent bark-lined crack in the narrow waist of the vase. This "crotch-crack" extends through both sides and into the base itself.

The grain is a combination of soft light browns in a broadly symmetrical pattern. The core or pith of each branch is visible as the center of the symmetry of the grain pattern in the narrow waist of the vase. Spalting has resulted in a yellowish brown coloration on one side of this vase.

This vase is approximately 7 by 8 inches wide (an oval lip) and 6 inches high. It has been sealed with Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft glossy finish.

Natural-Edge Pecan Vase 06-1
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Large Mesquite Vase #1

This is a large graceful, thin-wall and natural edge Mesquite vase turned from a large piece of Mesquite root burl. The grain is a beautiful swirling pattern typical of the twisted and "gnarley" Texas Mesquite. It contains a number of radial and pith checks (cracks) which were present in the original piece of Mesquite and which have been filled with a glossy black epoxy and are now stable. These features add to the natural beauty of the wood.

This vase is approximately 12 inches wide and 9.5 inches tall. It was finished in a natural Danish oil and then sealed with a glossy wipe-on polyurethane.

Large Mesquite Vase #1 $400.00




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Huisache Vase 06-5

This is another nice small natural-edge vase turned from Texas Huisache (Sweet Acacia). It has very thin (~1/8 inch) and strongly flared sides.

Now if you are an engineer or a person with a strong requirement for symmetry, you should turn away and look elsewhere - This vase is not for you! It is not symmetrical from almost any point of view; when turned, it was centered on the log but a depression of one side of the log resulted in a vase with "one-side hangs low" appearance! A slip of the gouge resulted in removal of a portion of the sapwood and bark, so it "natural-edge for only about two-thirds of the lip.

If you are not such a rigid-minded person (I'm somewhere in-between!) - you might find it attractive. The colors are very nice - the soft reddish to orange brown of Huisache, with a lighter brown sapwood, with some iridescence in some areas around the pith. There is a very comfortably-flowing grain pattern around the pith and an interesting pattern of rays related to small juvenile branch can be traced up the sides.

The size of this small vase is approximately 4-1/4 by 5-4/4 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.

Huisache Vase 06-5 $50.00




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Texas Black Walnut Vase #05-7

This is a relatively large but shallow vase turned from the root burl of a Texas Walnut. It is approximately 6.5 inches wide and just over 4 inches high, with a broadly curved lower half and and inward tapered upper half. The grain is a complex pattern of broad swirls around the cores of the major root branches. The colors are beautiful shades of dark brown, finished with natural Danish oil finish, buffed and waxed to a soft satin surface.

This Walnut vase would be very nice as the centerpiece of a dried flower arrangement. A number of prominent cracks are present, centered mostly around the cores of individual root branches. However, these are a natural part of this root burl and were present when turned; they are now stable



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Texas Black Walnut Vase #05-7 $45.00




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Natural-Edge Elm Vase 05-2

This is another graceful, natural-edge vase turned from a limb crotch of Chinese Elm. In this case, it doesn't have bark on the rim. The grain is a beautiful combination of soft light browns in a broadly symmetrical pattern.

There is a beautiful fiddle-back figure in the golden brown to dark brown of the heartwood. The dark brown star-shaped figures in the narrow waist of the vase is the core of the log at the point of divergence of the two branches from the initial larger branch. The upper wall is slightly more than 1/8th inch thick.

This vase is approximately 5.5 by 7 inches wide (an oval lip) and 5.5 inches high. It has been sealed with Minwax 209 and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin finish.

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Natural-Edge Elm Vase 05-2 $84.00




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Natural-Edge American Elm Vase 1

This is a small, graceful natural-edge vase turned from heavily spalted American Elm. The grain is a beautiful combination of soft light browns in a broadly symmetrical pattern with radiating grey shading. It has a very thin (approximately 1/16th inch) natural edge with tight bark on the rim; the bark is not completely continuous, but was chipped away at several small locations during turning. A number of small infilled beetle boreholes are present along one side of the rim.

This delicate vase is approximately 5 by 7 inches wide (an oval lip) and 4.5 inches high. It is finished in natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a soft satin finish.



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Natural-Edge American Elm Vase 1 $54.00




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Natural-Edge Osage Orange Vase 06-1

This is a small, graceful natural-edge vase turned from Texas Bodark (Osage Orange). It has a thin natural edge with tight bark on the rim. The colors are a beautiful combination of rich golden brown heartwood below a beige/light brown sapwood margin. The grain pattern is a tightly symmetrical pattern centered on "bulls-eyes" on each side of the narrow waist. These "bulls-eyes" are the core, or pith of the log. The star-shaped figure associated with the core on each side of the waist is a radial pattern of natural "pith cracks" present in the log when harvested and maintained when turned. At 1/8th inch or less, the upper wall is almost "paper thin" and is translucent to a strong light source.

This delicate vase is approximately 4 by 5 inches wide (an oval lip) and 4 inches high. It is finished in natural Danish oil and then buffed and waxed to a high gloss finish.

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Natural-Edge Osage Orange Vase 06-1 $74.00



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