|Project by dgom||posted 01-03-2016 06:45 PM||464 views||2 times favorited||4 comments|
My seven years old daughter wanted to make a christmas present in the shop and I proposed that I help her make a snowman. That way I could introduce her to the lathe.
First she made a drawing so that we could decide what the final size should be. She used a compass to draw the three circle shaped parts of the body. Then we found a nice piece of firewood birch and chucked it in the lathe. Then I had a long talk about security and the danger with rotating parts etc. Then it was time to put on safety glasses, hearing protection, a protective coat. I helped her hold the turning tool and she roughly formed the shape of the snowman. I did the finishing touches and then she could sand the body. A high hat was also turned. Then it was time for painting which she managed herself. Then there was the idea of that the snowman should have a carrot as a nose so on to the lathe again. The hands were fabricated from some fresh birch branches drilled into the body. The black dots are small colored pieces of matchsticks that were glued into holes drilled into the body. The hat was attached with a dowel slightly slantwise.
My daugther very much liked the experience of turning at the lathe and she said that it would be nice to do it again.