First, let me apologize for my protracted absence hereabouts. Health troubles, both my own and my wife’s, have left me little time for the web and my wood working family here at LJ.
Ms Debby has suggested to me that I do a class some time in the new year on doing that familiar symbol of Christmas (at least to opera fans), the “toy soldier” style nut cracker.
Now let’s get something straight right off the bat here. If I do take this on, it will be as much of a learning process for me as it will be for those following along. The project is, for the most part, a lathe job, and I haven’t touched a lathe since before many of you were born! It’s been almost half a century since I did any lathe work and that was back in junior high school.
I’d love to take on this challenge as I enjoy stretching myself and this would provide the incentive I’d need to go for it.
If we do this, I’ve been told there is a good chance we can hold a contest afterwards for nut crackers with the usual prize structure for LJ contests, Also, as with all classes here, certificates will be sent to all who complete the course.
So, what do you all think? Anyone else like to make one of these beautiful and useful items? Any of you willing to give me some leeway in doing something very new to me?
Let me know, and if there is enough interest, I’ll blow the dust off my lathe, get it up on its stand, and try to find my chisels.
-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!