|Project by TheDane||posted 11-10-2014 06:53 PM||1087 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
This ornament is a little over 7 inches from top to tip, and is comprised of five elements. The finial, center ball, and icicle are Cocobolo, and the two natural edge shells are the two halves of a piece of limb from an ornamental tree a friend took down (circuitous way of saying I don’t know what it is!).
This ornament is a little heavy for my liking (cocabolo is pretty dense, and I couldn’t figure out a way to take much weight out of the center ball by hollowing … the ball is only 1 1/8 inch in diameter and has a tenon on each end). I also had trouble keeping the bark on the natural edge elements … I have never worked with a natural edge turning this small (3 inches long, two inches wide, with < 1/8” wall thickness).
Full Disclosure: The design idea for this came from Kelly Bresnahan, an instructor at the NWTC Artisan Center in Green Bay. This design was on3e of several he suggested in a class on turned ornaments in November.
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