Barley twist candlesticks

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I am new to Lumberjocks and this is the first project I have posted. I recently retired and while I have done other woodworking I have just begun learning to turn. I took a class at Convover workshop in Parkman, Ohio. Ernie Conover is a great guy and I heartily recommend his classes. We made these candlesticks in the class.

They are turned, then drilled through the center. The spirals are marked on the wood, then carved with carving tools. The wood is mahogany and I finished them with Waterlox.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#1 posted 12-01-2015 12:13 AM

Mighty fine looking candle holders. Twists always look intriguing with folks wondering how it’s done. Welcome to LJs Marsha!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 12-01-2015 12:19 AM

Good job Marsha; turning, carving, and drilling all on one project. Looking forward to more of your projects. Ernie must be a great teacher.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#3 posted 12-01-2015 12:53 AM

Those are truly beautiful and elegant.

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#4 posted 12-01-2015 01:27 AM

First of all WELCOME TO LUMBERJOCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Those are beautiful candle sticks.

I think I looked up Ernie one time. Does he have bunch of the new Nova DVR XP lathes?

You sure made a great first project. Were they power carved?
I was expecting you to say the were cut on a Legacy machine!!

Very nice project. keep ‘em coming!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 12-01-2015 08:28 AM

look great welcome to LJ’s

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#6 posted 12-01-2015 12:29 PM

Thanks to everyone’s warm welcome. This site has so many talented woodworkers. Great for inspiration and a wealth of knowledge!

Jim, Ernie does have some Nova DVR’s. There are also a couple of Powermatics and his main machine is now a Oneway. The candlesticks were actually my second project, not counting a bunch of little practice stuff.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#7 posted 12-01-2015 01:12 PM

Very nice work on the candlesticks and I also appreciate your work with photography! Everything looks professionally done!

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#8 posted 12-01-2015 02:30 PM

Those candlesticks look great!

-- Barry,

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#9 posted 12-01-2015 04:05 PM

Those turned out beautiful.

I made a couple several years ago using this method: Very time consuming. a ton of sanding.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#10 posted 12-01-2015 04:48 PM

Wow those came out great!!!

-- You can tell a lot about your wife by her hands, for example if they are around your throat she's prolly pissed off at you...

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#11 posted 12-01-2015 06:19 PM

You are right, PaulDoug, it was a TON of sanding.

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#12 posted 12-02-2015 12:45 AM

Great looking candlesticks! I really like the turning!

I’m concerned about how you deal with the wax drippings. Do they peel off?

Anyway, great job, and welcome to LJ’s!

-- Dean

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#13 posted 12-02-2015 01:19 PM

Nice candle sticks. I’ve always wondered about the Conover workshop classes since I drive past when ever I go up to Bylers to get lumber. I have some turnings in mind for some future projects so I might give him a look. Again great project and welcome to the site.

-- --Zach

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#14 posted 12-02-2015 02:00 PM

Thanks for all the kind comments.

@Dean – I also paste waxed the candlesticks. I did get some wax drippings and they peeled right off. I’m thinking the paste wax helped.

@TraylorPark – Ernie’s classes were great. I took two. The 5 day turning class and then just recently, the weekend candlestick class. I’ve been to Bylers. What a great place. It’s like being a kid in the candy store!

-- Marsha, Northeast Ohio

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#15 posted 12-02-2015 03:06 PM

Those are gorgeous!

In the process description, you forgot to mention- sanding- lots of sanding!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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