The columns are 28” long and taper from about 2-1/2” at the bottom to about 1-3/4” at the top. The rough blanks were about 3” square and 31” long. I haven’t done much turning and I can’t turn as efficiently as some people, but given enough time I was able to figure it out!
The trick was getting them EXACTLY the same length! It was hard to measure them precisely so I drilled some holes in a few scrap pieces of particle board to test the length. I had to put one of them back on the lathe and adjust it a few times before I had it right.
Carving is really fun for me so I skipped right to it!
I started with the letter carving because that was the more critical than the symbol. Actually, I had never done any incised carving prior to this so I spent a LOT of time practicing!
The santos mahogany is nothing like Honduran mahogany when it comes to carving. It is much harder and it has reversing grain, too. The tradeoff is that santos is more lustrous and beautiful than Honduran. (IMHO)
I was having a hard time at first and I wasn’t sure how much of the problem was me and how much was the type of wood I was using. I switched to practicing on walnut for a while and it was much easier! After I got better I went back to the santos mahogany. It was a slow process, but I got it!
I knew I wanted to put a carved symbol between the letter carving and the belts, but I wasn’t sure which one to use. I did an image search on Google for taekwondo symbols. After thinking about it for a while and consulting with Bill’s mother we settled on the Korean symbol for Courage.
This was slightly more difficult to carve than the letters but I had a great time with it just the same.
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