Woodturning - Cherry Root ball to Amazing Vase

  • Published on Sep 6, 2021
  • I was given a few of these Cherry Root balls a week ago and was so eager to get one on the lathe as I was expecting to see some beautiful grain .... I wasn't disappointed. So a massive thank you to family friend and donator, Andy!
    The piece has been sanded to 7000 grit and finished with a coat of Danish oil and then Wood wax on top once the oil was dry. I wish I could have kept more of the bark on but unfortunately the wood was too dry and most of it flew of the piece while turning.

    Now its that part of the description where I say a massive thank you to all of my subscribers, as we've hit another massive milestone! 7000!!!!! THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH, without your support none of this would be possible. 10k here we come 😁

    Hope you enjoy/enjoyed, please consider liking and subscribing, even give the video a share if you're up for it! Each project and video usually takes 10+ hours to finish, so your support is very much appreciated. More woodturning and woodworking projects will be on their way soon.

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    Email for quotes and queries: harrysmithwoodturning@gmail.com

    My videos are for entertainment purposes only. I am still relatively new to woodturning and some of my techniques might not be the "best" or safest. When using any tools or machinery always read and understand safety/manufacturers guidelines.
    Yes, I'm aware that wearing gloves while woodturning is considered an unsafe practise. The gloves I wear are tight fitting and don’t have any loose threads. I wear them for the protection of my skin. This is a risk that I am willing to take, however I am still very conscious of the potential danger and I do not touch any spinning parts of the lathe. DO NOT do anything you don’t feel comfortable doing.
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  • Harry Smith
    Harry Smith  Month ago +64

    Thank you all so much for the love on this video! So great to see the support behind this project. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to see more pieces like this in the future 😁👍

    • 1diggitech
      1diggitech Month ago +1

      Salute 💪 you make some really dope pieces.

    • Kishor Varma
      Kishor Varma Month ago


    • Djelloul Med
      Djelloul Med Month ago

      @Solidarity Workers ضض١ضضضضضضضششششششششششششضشش

    • Cassie Petit
      Cassie Petit Month ago +1

      This made me realize the potential for biodegradable wooden urns. Gorgeous.

    • Beautiful Angel Blossom Plus
      Beautiful Angel Blossom Plus Month ago +1

      @Solidarity Workers that is so cute and amazing I really like it you do some great work

  • kerajinan unik
    kerajinan unik 4 months ago +24

    Beautiful grain....
    Thanks for share🙏

    • Walter Almeyda
      Walter Almeyda 2 months ago

      @Harry Smith ..,,…….…





    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago +1

      Thanks very much! 👍😁

  • Fight Club
    Fight Club Month ago +88

    An absolute masterpiece! I've done woodturning, and I must admit I watched about half way , then jumped to the final reveal When I saw the live edge, my jaw dropped. You, sir, have exquisite taste and amazing skills.

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      Thank you fight club 😃👍

      BİRLİK YAPI Month ago


    • Adam R
      Adam R Month ago +2

      @Rob Doubleyou That’s exactly what I was doing 😉 The sun will come out today 😊…..and now that song is stuck in my head again.

    • P Wallace
      P Wallace Month ago +1

      @Rob Doubleyou 😂😊

    • Rob Doubleyou
      Rob Doubleyou Month ago +2

      @Adam R Ha…like “The sun will come out tomorrow” Annie? I can just see you watching youtube as it’s playing. 🤣

  • rla26368
    rla26368 4 months ago +53

    Gorgeous! That natural edge is stunning! Thank you for sharing your art with us!

  • E Andersson
    E Andersson Month ago +128

    Absolutely love that there is now background music, just the sound of the actual work taking place - the machine, diffrent tools on the wood etc.

    • Wamauro Dentes [boka loka]
      Wamauro Dentes [boka loka] 18 days ago

      @Jackson Irving No.

    • Welshwazza
      Welshwazza Month ago

      What mk2 speed sounds

      BİRLİK YAPI Month ago


    • Jackson Irving
      Jackson Irving Month ago

      Some jovial whistling would have been nice.. A team theme tune or something similar..

    • Jamessr23
      Jamessr23 Month ago +2

      And the begging to hit buttons and some context at the end

  • Zdenka priezvisko
    Zdenka priezvisko Month ago +9

    It's gorgeous! I love watching your work.

  • Max Edison
    Max Edison Month ago +9

    A seriously beautiful natural rim, and to see the vase being made was amazing, as well as educational. I would imagine a 'conventional' vase would be just as stunning, as it would also be blessed with the unique patterns Mother Nature has bestowed upon whichever tree you take your wood from. Great video, thank you!

  • Trafy Knits
    Trafy Knits Month ago +18

    Fantastic job!! What a skill and artform. As others have noted, it's great that you left the natural edge at the top...adds much more character and interesting design. Bravo!!

  • Stephanie Lovatt
    Stephanie Lovatt 4 months ago +9

    Very interesting! I did not expect the grain to come up like that, especially around the natural edge. Thanks!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  3 months ago

      Thanks for watching Stephanie! I really enjoyed making this piece 😁👍

  • Zac Brown
    Zac Brown 3 months ago +16

    What a stunning piece! Wonderfully executed sir! Love your channel!

  • Mark Goostree
    Mark Goostree 4 months ago +10

    Outstanding! A beautiful piece of wood, turned to perfection.

  • Rebecca Loader
    Rebecca Loader 4 months ago +16

    What a beautiful piece, Harry! Such style and display of grain. Thanks for sharing !

    • Irene Davo
      Irene Davo Month ago

      @Harry Smith my first time watching you!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago +2

      Thank you so much Rebecca! 😁👍

  • Diana Helms
    Diana Helms Month ago +4

    I love this. I have loved working with wood my whole life. Long line of amazing woodworker's. But this is my passion. I wish I had the money to get those machines. They make it so much easier!!! Thank you for sharing your beautiful work❤️

  • Alice Klundt
    Alice Klundt 4 months ago +12

    Beautiful, I love the rough edge and the wonderful grain. A work of art.

  • Lisa Kay
    Lisa Kay Month ago +39

    That's beautiful! And so relaxing to watch.

  • Sherry Robinson
    Sherry Robinson Month ago +50

    Absolutely exquisite! I absolutely love the way you left the living edge to this piece. This I would place in my home in a heartbeat.

  • Lyn Cressler
    Lyn Cressler Month ago +4

    Omg like I can't even ...I've never seen anything like this .. ever !! How long have you been doing this ???? It's beautiful !!!!

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago +1

      Hi Lyn, I've been wood turning for just over a year now. Thanks for your support 😃👍

  • Button Man
    Button Man Month ago +29

    That’s absolutely ridiculous! Definitely the best wood turned vase I’ve seen on RUclip and I’ve watched a lot!👌🏻

  • joyce miller
    joyce miller 4 months ago +10

    love the nature edge and beautiful grain, thank you for sharing

  • Jeff R
    Jeff R Month ago +16

    I could watch this all day long. Beautiful Vase.

  • Linda Andrews
    Linda Andrews 3 months ago +4

    Absolutely love it. Beautiful workmanship showing wonderful grain. Thanks.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  3 months ago

      Thank you so much Linda! 😁😊👍

  • Gloria Maynard
    Gloria Maynard Month ago +5

    Absolutely amazing, such skill and so relaxing to watch love it

  • Sarah
    Sarah Month ago +5

    That's absolutely stunning !
    Beautiful, who would have believed that you could unearth such an amazingly beautiful object from that root !
    Just bring you such happiness and satisfaction .

  • Dennis Rood
    Dennis Rood 4 months ago +4

    Absolutely beautiful piece of wood great job turning it

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much Dennis! 😁👍

  • The Sharkster
    The Sharkster 2 months ago +63

    I always love to see something restored or something awesome made from what most would see as trash. If I did something like this for a job I would be the happiest person in the world!

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      @Blackberry Lady thank you 😃👍

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      Thank you Sharkster 😃👍

    • Marcella Mccormack
      Marcella Mccormack Month ago


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      Richplaya Hi-Top 901 Month ago


    • vanekirk
      vanekirk Month ago +5

      Do it brother! Start small with a little lathe in your garage or basement and do it in your spare time. Then make it grow.

  • Music Man
    Music Man Month ago +30

    Sometimes wood looks just like a gemstone. This is as beautiful as any fine Black Opal. Magnificent work! You are an master artisan!!!

  • Stephen D Surowitz Ormond Fin Fractal Cus Woodwork

    Bowl came out very nice! Thanks for letting us watch you making it…

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much Stephen! 😊😁

  • Janelle James
    Janelle James Month ago +6

    That is an absolutely beautiful vase. Created using one of nature’s most lovely pieces of wood by a very talented artist using his skills and knowledge of a lathe to create an absolutely beautiful, one of a kind, vase. You do amazing work. Thank you for sharing. Love and hugs from Australia. Please continue to use your talent to create. ❤️❤️🐨❤️❤️

  • Miriam Saunders
    Miriam Saunders Month ago +8

    What a naturally beautiful piece of decorative furniture. As a plant lover it always has a place in my living room space 👌✅

  • S R.
    S R. Month ago +3

    Absolutely beautiful! This vase is stunning! Such fine work!

  • Bowhunters
    Bowhunters Month ago +16

    Beautiful vase, I would like to have two of them as matching solid wood table lamps myself.

  • Lisa Smith
    Lisa Smith 4 months ago +6

    Absolutely beautiful Harry, I think it's the best thing you've made and will look fabulous displayed somewhere special.

  • Gregory Hunter
    Gregory Hunter Month ago +35

    This vase is perfectly imperfect…Phenomenal skill and relaxing video. Thank you!!!!

  • Juan Perez
    Juan Perez 4 months ago +7

    now that was outstanding.. your shape and knowing when to stop, leaving just enough of the natural edges, this piece came out perfect.. again, outstanding..

  • Michele Higgins
    Michele Higgins 4 months ago +21

    Beautiful piece from a highly skilled artisan. Thank you for sharing!

  • Paul Williams
    Paul Williams Month ago +13

    What an absolute delight to watch a craftsman at work, thoroughly enjoyed this video, I subscribed without hesitation. 😊🇬🇧

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago +1

      Thanks Paul, very kind 😃👍

    • Paul Williams
      Paul Williams Month ago +1

      @Kyle Mania with respect Kyle, comments like that only serve to illicit defensive responses.
      I am British, and very proud to be so. I don’t really see why you would make such a point, seeing as I commented on a video relating to fantastic woodworking skills…?

    • Kyle Mania
      Kyle Mania Month ago

      Cmon we all know the British don't exist

  • Linda Terry
    Linda Terry 2 months ago +19

    I knew that was going to be beautiful!! I'm glad you left the rough edge on the vase. Absolutely beautiful!!❤❤

  • R. D. Mahaffey
    R. D. Mahaffey 4 months ago +7

    I watch a lot of these woodturning videos. This is one of the best ones I've seen in a long time. I love it when the artists include the process of polishing the wood and seeing the wood grain pop on the screen. Fantastic job!!!

  • Kobie Kaasjager
    Kobie Kaasjager 4 months ago +2

    Absolutely awesome and stunningly beautiful the grain the everything is awesome.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you very much Kobie! 😊😁

  • Manj
    Manj Month ago +11

    Absolutely beautiful! Out of curiousity, how much would a piece like that sell for?

  • HB woodturning
    HB woodturning 4 months ago +5

    Hello Harry, you made a great bowl, I like your finish with Danish oil and then Wood wax.
    I believe this wood is a grafted part which is usually just above the ground level and causes this kind of deformation.
    I also recently made such a bowl from cherry wood, but luckily I was able to keep a lot of the bark on the bowl. Cheers, Hans

    Stay safe and keep turning

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  3 months ago +1

      Thanks very much Hans! I believe you are correct, Stay safe 👍😊

  • Marcenaria hobby 7 pallet
    Marcenaria hobby 7 pallet 4 months ago +3

    Parabéns pelo seu trabalho 🇧🇷🤝👏👍👊🇧🇷💯

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago +1

      Muito obrigada como sempre! 😁👍

  • Glen Glazier
    Glen Glazier 4 months ago +2

    Great job, awesome looking vase.

  • joe roscillo
    joe roscillo 2 months ago +2

    Great looking vase! Beautiful piece of wood!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  2 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Joe! 😁👍

  • Colin Mayes
    Colin Mayes 3 months ago +3

    That's a lovely piece of work, it is beautiful, thank you.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  3 months ago

      Thank you very much Colin! 😁👍

  • MrWicked98
    MrWicked98 Month ago +3

    Beautiful, love watching these.

  • Rosa Pinto
    Rosa Pinto Month ago +4

    Mágico, maravilhoso!!

  • Maddie Smith
    Maddie Smith Month ago +3

    That is beautiful wow I love to watch things like this so interesting to see how it is made. 💯👍

    TE'KANNON  4 months ago +16

    Very nice work on a beautiful wood.It's a beautiful looking bowl. Cherries are one of my favorite fruits and it's incredible how the wood reflects their sumptuous flavor.

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago +1

      @ThiefOfNavarre thanks 😃👍

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago +1

      Thank you 😃👍

    • ThiefOfNavarre
      ThiefOfNavarre Month ago +1

      I've worked cherry before and it's lovely wood to work with. It always makes me cringe a little when I see people chucking it on their home fires when it could become something beautiful

  • brummiedoug1
    brummiedoug1 4 months ago +3

    That vase looks absolutely gorgeous.wish I could turn like you .keep them coming please

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much! Really appreciate the comment 👍😊

  • Patricia Wells-Wright
    Patricia Wells-Wright 2 months ago +4

    WOW, so very interesting ! Thank you for sharing!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  2 months ago

      Thank you so much Patricia! 😁👍

  • Carolyn
    Carolyn Month ago +3

    Amazing! Every time I thought you were finished, it kept getting better and better.
    Good Job!👍🏼👍🏼✌🏼🌎🙏🏼

  • Alan Simpson
    Alan Simpson 4 months ago +3

    Wonderful work Harry. I somehow missed this video when you put it up. You'll easily pass 10K subs.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you very much Alan! No worries! We are charging to 10k 😊😁

  • Old Guy
    Old Guy Month ago +13

    Awesome skills. Quite a lot of work involved. I wish I had those skills and equipment. I have a lot of root balls from walnut trees, box elders and others that might make pretty pieces.

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      Thank you Old Guy 😃👍. Wow you've listed some really interesting wood that I would like to try and turn!! 🤔

  • Teresa Brown
    Teresa Brown Month ago +3

    So beautiful i would love one of those pieces 💙

  • Bricofotos
    Bricofotos 4 months ago +2

    Nice piece, it's nice to see a job like that. Thanks for this video.

  • Scott Fortune
    Scott Fortune 4 months ago +12

    As you were making the piece I was hoping you would keep some of that bark wood in the piece instead of removing it all. I'm glad you did. It looks beautiful.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  3 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Scott! 😁👍

  • Stu Riley
    Stu Riley Month ago +3

    Such a beautiful object! Well done it was a pleasure to watch, thank you.

  • Wood Wizardry by Colin
    Wood Wizardry by Colin 4 months ago +2

    Stunning piece of wood lovely grain pattern

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much Colin! 😊😁

  • Janice Scott
    Janice Scott Month ago +25

    Unbelievable! I would like to know how many hours went into this work of art!

  • Vernon W Reid
    Vernon W Reid Month ago +7

    First time viewer on your channel. A very nice piece of work - to see what is hidden within is a gift

  • D 2G
    D 2G Month ago +3

    It's so soothing to what you woodturn I love it. love your work. Great job on the vase 10 out of 10!

  • Karen Woodruff
    Karen Woodruff Month ago +2

    Such incredible workmanship! Beautiful!!! Just the sound of work too, nice touch!

  • msbadkittie
    msbadkittie Month ago +3

    one of the most beautiful things i’ve ever seen. absolutely gorgeous.

  • Alix Alexander
    Alix Alexander Month ago +3

    Beautiful, and so satisfying to watch!

  • Diana Dominguez
    Diana Dominguez Month ago +10

    I am mesmerized by your talent and the beautiful creativity :)

  • Paul Hayes
    Paul Hayes Month ago +2

    Loved this! Thank you for sharing. Maybe sometime down the road I would like to get into this type of Art work, I dally in Resin and other mediums and was just wondering how much would it cost starting out to buy a ''starting out'' kit, so to speak, tyfs! :)

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      Hi Paul, I bought my lathe secondhand for £300 and chisels about £80. Thanks for watching 👀. 😃👍

  • Andrew Eastwood
    Andrew Eastwood 4 months ago +10

    Excellent outcome; I'd be thrilled to produce such a piece. Thank you

  • Bucs Nation
    Bucs Nation 4 months ago +2

    You have some amazing skills! Very cool. Thanks for sharing.

  • Steve C
    Steve C 4 months ago +2

    That's an Absolutely Beautiful Piece My Friend! Well Done!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thanks very much Steve! It's now my favourite piece 😊👍

  • Island boy
    Island boy Month ago +20

    Really cool Harry, I’m going to buy a lathe. I haven’t done it since high school but back then I made some neat stuff. I will keep watching your station and pick your brain to get back into it. Thx man

  • Leona Samuel
    Leona Samuel 4 months ago +4

    Gorgeous! I love the live edge.

    • Richard Smith
      Richard Smith 2 months ago

      Hi Leona, it’s nice meeting you here.. I’m Richard by name, it would be nice getting to know you better, if that’s ok with you? My mom once said good friends are never too much to have. if you don’t mind, can we be friends??
      Lovely smile you got there on your profile picture, it can brighten up the most darkest atmosphere of any man’s world😉.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much! 😁😊

  • mark stahle
    mark stahle Month ago +11

    I made a Cherry bowl in Industrial Arts in public school when I was 12. I still have it today! Great way to teach kids skills!

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago


    • Jackson Irving
      Jackson Irving 18 days ago

      If you went too a posh school you would have done some cherry's glazed in honey and whipped cream too put in it in a cuckerae claaas.. Oh k yaah..

    • Christine DiIanni
      Christine DiIanni Month ago +1

      Congratulations. Too bad the curriculum has changed for the worse! You know where everyone goes to college instead of learning a trade! Dumb ass elites!

  • Celia Dutra
    Celia Dutra Month ago +2

    Eu quero um desse, simplesmente perfeito !

  • Leo Ruotsalainen
    Leo Ruotsalainen 4 months ago +2

    Beautiful work. Well done Harry

  • judith fairchild
    judith fairchild 4 months ago +2

    Flat out gorgeous!!!

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much Judith! 😁👍

  • Maurice Faulkner
    Maurice Faulkner 2 months ago +2

    Beautifully turned, a work of Art, I want it lol

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  2 months ago

      Thank you very much Maurice! 😁👍

  • Nora Summers
    Nora Summers Month ago +1

    Mesmerising to watch, and what an absolute stunning piece! I have always been fascinated with handcrafted woodwork like this. The cherry wood is particularly beautiful, I love how this vase has a rustic feel with part of the bark remaining. So talented. 🍒🪵 🙏❤️

  • Dusty corners Calgary
    Dusty corners Calgary 4 months ago +2

    Wow what an awesome piece, thanks for sharing

  • Erin
    Erin Month ago +4

    Wow. 😯 It really turned out amazing. 💞 I would definitely buy it! 💰

  • Frank Kirschner
    Frank Kirschner 3 months ago +3

    Beautiful work.

    May I ask, where did you get the signature coin? I've been looking for one like that.

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago

      Thank you, I found online but I am unable to remember where....sorry 😞

  • Jimmy Owens
    Jimmy Owens 4 months ago +3

    That is a beautiful peace and the grain stand out so good l like bowls like that. Good job just keep going buddy

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago +1

      Thank you very much Jimmy! Lots more great content on the way 😁😊

  • Boner
    Boner Month ago +3

    After watching this, my last words were. O MY GOD! awesome man! From what it looked like before to what it looks like now is freaken impressive!

  • Rod Roddman
    Rod Roddman 2 months ago +14

    These guys are sooo awesome they could turn a question into an answer.

  • sparkydavidcox
    sparkydavidcox Month ago +1

    Beautiful piece!

  • Mary Jane Cornielle
    Mary Jane Cornielle Month ago +2

    Amazing, absolutely beautiful craftsmanship!

  • P-O
    P-O 4 months ago +2

    Really beautiful!

  • Susan Breeland
    Susan Breeland Month ago +2

    Thank you for such a wonderful demonstration!!

    CICERO RODRIGUES 4 months ago +2

    Lindíssima!!! Parabéns

  • Wm Wardwell
    Wm Wardwell 2 months ago +8

    Great Piece. I ALWAYS soap the threads of self tapping screws into hardwood. In and out easier,and less torn out screw heads.

  • Bill Jones
    Bill Jones 4 months ago +4

    You could see that bowl in the root begging to be released to the world. Beautiful.

  • Linda Rocco
    Linda Rocco Month ago +1

    @Harry Smith It was a joy watching you create this gorgeous Cherry Root Vase. The upper edge is especially beautiful to me. When a underground, uprooted ball like this is used, is it commonly referred to as 'spaulted' wood? Can the interactions with the soil below give interesting effects that wood above the ground does not gain?

    • Harry Smith Shorts
      Harry Smith Shorts 3 days ago +1

      Hi Linda, thanks for your comments. This is infact a graft, where a different fruit is grafted onto root stock. Spalted is when coloured lines can be seen in wood grain from the development of fungi due to damp conditions. Hope this helps 😃👍

  • Sylvia Chadwick
    Sylvia Chadwick Month ago +3

    What a fantastic work of art, you are so clever well done I admire your talent.

  • Wolfgang Schedl
    Wolfgang Schedl 4 months ago +2

    Wow, super schön geworden 👍👏😀🙋

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Vielen Dank! Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit diesem 😊👍

  • Jose Morales
    Jose Morales Month ago +3

    Absolutely unique vase, great job, it is an art work, congratulations

  • Shahnawaz Khan
    Shahnawaz Khan Month ago +2

    Amazing ,wonderful ,like to see more. Thanks.

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  Month ago

      Thank you so much! Check out my other videos 😁

  • Dave Edwards
    Dave Edwards 4 months ago +2

    Great work,nice job.

  • Sharebear.79
    Sharebear.79 Month ago +3

    Incredible masterpiece! Well done sir. 👍

  • David Nickell
    David Nickell 4 months ago +2

    Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing.

    Where do you get the discs with your name on them?

    • Harry Smith
      Harry Smith  4 months ago

      Thank you so much David! I purchased them from a seller on Etsy 😊👍

  • Jane Overby
    Jane Overby 4 months ago +2

    amazingly beautiful Harry!