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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Oak hollow form
with double opening
12 inch diameter
9 inches high
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Custom Made Pizza Cutter
Central and tropical west Africa
Handle was made extra long to use two hands.
Design is for those who have strength problems
with their hands and/or wrists.
Ruler added to help visualize actual size.
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas Ornament 2012
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Holly hollow form
Pierced and air brushed/painted
Base paint is Wicked Colors Crimson
with a very light top coat of Interference purple
(gives it a subtle glistening quality in sunlight)
The small finial inside is ebony.
Gifted to our daughter in law
Dia max 2 ¼”
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
MSWG Holiday Gathering 2012
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Mid South Woodturners Guild
held their annual holiday gathering last weekend.
Good conversation, good food, and great artwork.
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I participated in the "gift swap."
(bring a wrapped turned item / get a wrapped turned item)
The wrapped gift I chose from the table
was made by
The wood is
Ancient Kaouri from New Zealand
(shown above on the left)
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Then came the auction to raise funds for the guild.
I bid on and won two pieces --
The ornament was made by our guild president, Skip Wilbur,
and features a Celtic cross made of
(shown above, center)
The carved vessel was made by
using a fabulous piece of maple.
(shown above on the right)
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Persimmon - Post 3 of 3
These candle holders (3.5" to 6" in height)
were made by chainsawing the Persimmon logs
into sections roughly 20" long by
half the original 12" diameter of the log.
Using a bandsaw,
the short sections were rough cut into blanks.
The blanks were prepared for drying
and air dried for four months.
The candle holders each received one coat of gloss urethane resin finish
followed by six coats of wipe-on satin urethane resin finish.
Frosted glass votive holders shown here using tea light candles.
Persimmon - Post 2 of 3
Persimmon Bowl No. 1
8.25" diameter x 4" tall
Persimmon Bowl No. 2
9" diameter x 3.5" tall
Persimmon Bowl No. 3
9" diameter x 3.25" tall
Each bowl received one coat of gloss urethane resin finish
followed by five coats of wipe-on satin urethane resin finish.
I also made four unique persimmon bottle stoppers.
Finished using a
special Walnut oil
considered the premium oil finish for wood
and not typically used
on bottle stoppers
because of high cost, both in product and time.
Brass thread inserts
for removal and washing of
the stainless steel stopper.
(please see next post for additional persimmon pieces)
Persimmon - Post 1 of 3
Logs from a recently-cut Persimmon tree that died of old age.
(estimated at just over 100 year old)
These were given to me by a local attorney
as a commission / challenge:
"Maybe you can make some candlesticks
or something else functional."
The tree came from his grandparents' farm,
which has now been restored as his family's country house.)
The logs were cut with a chainsaw
into short sections
roughly 12 inches long
and half of the original 12" diameter.
Using a bandsaw, the short sections
were then rough cut into round blanks.
The rough round blanks were
turned on the lathe into bowl blanks.
The turned bowl blanks were treated for bugs,
then prepared for drying.
The air drying process took 4 months.
It should be noted that Persimmon is a
very challenging wood
to work with because of its tendency to crack during the drying process.
For this reason, bowls made of Persimmon are uncommon.
(see next post for more about these pieces)
Saturday, December 8, 2012
French Rolling Pins
Made from Goncalo Alves
Finish - Walnut Oil
for showing me this wonderful design.