|Project by TimberMagic||posted 03-20-2015 09:26 PM||1160 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
I’m primarily a spindle turner. I started out making pens about 5 years ago, and then all kinds of other “spindles”—tool handles, pizza cutter handles, lathe tool handles, peppermills. This year I hope to start turning bowls, at least small ones. I have a Rikon midi that can turn up to 12”, although with the bed extension I can pretty much turn any spindle I need.
I seem to have a hard time just turning a single chunk of wood. Seems like from my days of making cutting boards, I just want to add different species together. I bought an unhandled bowl gouge, and made this handle for it. It is maple, with several green-dyed pieces of maple veneer sandwiched inside it. The tip has a walnut addition, and the ferrule is one of those heavy, hex-sided brass compression nuts for plumbing. Brass and copper are pretty easy to turn with HSS tools.
I used a HSS skew for finish cuts. I use carbide tools for pen turning, but prefer traditional tools for most of my turning. I’m not sure if anyone ever masters the skew, but I found a good video on YouTube that helped me get over my “skew anxiety”.