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Osage Orange Supported Spindle

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Project by Lisa Chan posted 03-16-2010 08:18 PM 2167 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I love Osage Orange.

Like Cherry, you have to be mindful of bruising and scraping. However, the finish is well worth the care.

This is a supported spindle (original design) intended for creating lace-weight luxury yarns.

The length is 11 1/2 inches in length and it weight 1.2 ounces. Hand polished, and finished with orange oil and beeswax.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com





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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 08:25 PM

Another great looking supported spindle Lisa… well done… curious how you get the taper perfect everytime…
Let us all know your secret if you dare…
Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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Lisa Chan

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 08:30 PM

Hi Wisty! There are a couple of tapers in there… which one? The tip, the neck, or the shaft?

I use a very large skew and abuse it. I make sure it’s really as sharp as I can get it and cut down the neck first (more scraping than cutting). Then I use a Spindlemaster Sorby tool and rough down the shaft and create the taper of the neck.

To get the shaft and neck to an even taper, I alternate between sanding and cutting… I end up sanding a lot. However, because I’m eyeballing each milimeter of removal… the tapering just “happens”. Lots of little adjustments which now seem second nature to me… I’ve made more than 40 of these now.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories, http://www.grippingyarn.com

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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#3 posted 03-16-2010 08:40 PM

Hi Lisa…
I tried making a couple of turning similar to yours (just for fun while a glue up was drying) and found the long taper was the hardest to create… the neck seemed very easy as did the head piece… I just have to find a better way to support the turning in the center as I take it down in diameter… currently it ends up “wobbling” around a lot causing my tools to gouge into it once in a while…
anyways, always a pleasure to see what your up to…
Take care and keep turning… looking forward to your next creation…
Wisty

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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grizzman

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#4 posted 03-17-2010 01:23 AM

can see your doing your magic lisa…very nice turning…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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Bureaucrat

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#5 posted 03-17-2010 03:30 AM

Lisa:
Is this called a supported spindle because it’s supported during the turning or is there another reason?

-- Gary

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scrappy

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#6 posted 03-17-2010 07:55 AM

Another great spindle Lisa. It is strange that when you get the hang of something (the taper) It SEEMS easy to do, but hard to explain. When I try and show people how I turn something they are all confused. haha (glad I have this site where you know what I mean)haha

Keep up the great work.

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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mtkate

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#7 posted 03-18-2010 02:16 AM

Someday I will get a lathe and know what you are talking about… LOL. It does indeed look hard to do.

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papabear

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#8 posted 03-19-2010 05:28 PM

nice work

-- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons for you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup.

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Dusty56

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#9 posted 03-17-2012 02:35 PM

Very nice turning and perfect tapers : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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