|Project by Alan||posted 11-10-2014 04:43 PM||874 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
My best friend is a young lady who was born without her arms, so she uses a stick to type, turn book pages, etc.
She also loves Harry Potter.
What to make her for Christmas last year was pretty obvious.
When my dad passed away last April, I inherited an entire box of walnut slats, about 2” wide, 10” long and maybe 3/8” wide. Most of them are earmarked for being turned into handgun grips, but I zipped a stick off the side of one with my ryoba to make this. Then I shaved it down and shaped it with a spokeshave and attempted a little carving with a couple of butt chisels I also inherited from my dad. I also discovered that trying to carve initials with a marking knife doesn’t work very well, but that’s okay. I finished it with many coats of tung oil and a beeswax rub. I also custom made the presentation box, but that’s not wood.
This is the type of project I really like doing – nothing has to be made to fit anything else, I get to just let the wood guide me in forming a natural shape.
-- I have no idea what I'm doing.