Open Barley Twist

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Project by jeepturner posted 10-14-2010 03:58 PM 2247 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am new to this site, and I have spent the time on this site looking at everyone’s projects. I decided to post some pictures of my projects, and I knew I had a digital picture of this one.
So here it is, my first contribution to LJ.

-- Mel,

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#1 posted 10-14-2010 04:00 PM

Nice Design, Love the twist !!!


-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#2 posted 10-14-2010 04:05 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Great looking candle stick. Love that barley twist.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 10-14-2010 04:14 PM

Great stand, nicely done. I like that design in projects. Thought of a section on a cane, if it’s strong enough.

Cool man, welcome to LJ’s…..............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#4 posted 10-14-2010 04:51 PM

I made a left and right threader candle holder, mainly just to do it. I bought a book by Stuart Mortimer, and had to try out turning open twists on something. I had some cherry left over from my daughter’s bed that had straight grain so I used it.
mtnwild, the open barley twist takes away most of the strength of the wood. You could cut just regular barley twists in a walking stick though.

-- Mel,

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#5 posted 10-14-2010 08:52 PM

Twists are a blast to do, I just started making twisted vessels after I took a class with Stuart this fall. He is a great guy and an amazing teacher. Nice candle holder, keep them comin.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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#6 posted 10-14-2010 08:55 PM

That is well done.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 10-15-2010 03:36 AM

That is soooo cool!

Sanding must have taken forever!

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

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#8 posted 10-15-2010 04:56 PM

I am always amazed by the skills level need to create these.

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#9 posted 10-16-2010 02:47 AM

Nice looking candle stick. It be interesting tom see how this is done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-30-2011 06:34 PM

Did you cut this on a Legacy lath or something else ?

-- Have a great day.

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#11 posted 01-31-2011 07:37 AM

@grosa, I turned it on my Grizzly lathe. The actual barley twist is hand work using the lathe as a rotating clamp to form the splines with a back saw, chisels, files and sanding.

-- Mel,

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#12 posted 02-01-2011 01:14 PM

Wow, that’s a lot of work. It looks great.

-- Have a great day.

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