Ornaments for Christmas

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Project by sedcokid posted 11-21-2010 11:27 PM 1946 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the past year I have been making Christmas Tree Ornaments whenever I run out of other ideas of other fun things to make. I thought this would be the time to post them. First of all I like to use whenever possible wood from tree limbs that have fallen on our property, I even have neighbors that bring over their tree limbs. This is a tremendous way to utilize wood that would otherwise be burned or end up in the land fill. On occasion I also use exotic wood depending on my mood at the time.

Photo #1, these are 8 ½” to 6 ½” in length, material used is Red Cedar, Maple, Cherry and White Birch.
Photo #2, these are all approximately 6 ½” in length, material used is of course various Sea Shells that we either found or bought last year in Florida, Maple, Cherry and Black Walnut.
Photo #3, these are 6” to 4 ½” in length, material used is of course Sea Shells either bought or found in Florida, Maple, Paduk and Black Walnut.
Photo #4, these are 5” to 3” in length, material used is once again Sea Shells either bought or found in Florida, Cherry, Paduk, Maple and Black Walnut.
Photo #5, these are 6 ½” to 4 ½” in length, material used is Red Cedar, Black Walnut, Tiger Maple, Maple and Apple Wood.
Photo #6 these are 7” to 2” in length, material used is Cocobolo, Honey Locust, Maple, and White Birch. This is also my first attempt at turning anything inside out and was lots of fun to do.

Finish on all is several coats of gloss Lacquer.

All Comments good or bad are appreciated; I find that I learn the most when my friends are honest…

Thanks for looking!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 11-21-2010 11:51 PM

Fantastic!!! Those are some incredible ornaments!! I can really see your talent on display.

In two weeks I am going to be teaching my sons Cub Scout Den how to turn Christmas ornaments. Any helpful hints????

-- I wouldn't be so arrogant if you weren't such a moron!

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 12:05 AM

A fantastic collection of ideas and craftsmanship! Great job!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 12:26 AM

I agree on the recycling idea. I use all kinds of fallen branches for ornaments, pens, mushrooms, miniature bird houses etc. Great job.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 12:27 AM

hi the are beautiful what a great idea the shells look fantastic i really love them
the design and turning is very neat you are lucky you can pick up shells like that of the beach
the are no shells like that here thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 11-22-2010 12:51 AM

Nice lot of turning, great talent. Specialy like the use of the sea shells and your finials designs great.
Glad you found inside/out turning fun, I have tried it a couple of times.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#6 posted 11-22-2010 12:53 AM

Very nice. I have not yet turned any Xmas ornaments, but they have been on my To Do list for a while. Your work may inspire me to get going. Thanks for sharing.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#7 posted 11-22-2010 12:58 AM

those look really cool!
... and it reminds me that I need to make a couple myself!

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#8 posted 11-22-2010 01:14 AM

These are gorgeous and very delicate.

How did you create the “round” shell portion?


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

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#9 posted 11-22-2010 03:42 AM

Wow. Those are sweet. What a huge collection. Impressive.
Are they heavy? (Maybe that is a stupid question.)

The lacquer looks great.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#10 posted 11-22-2010 04:30 AM

Wow Chuck, these are very nice indeed, I can see you’rve had a ball making them, very colourfull.
Great way to sharpen up your skew skills, they will brighten up any Xmas tree. I still ahev time to ‘have a go” of my own :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 11-22-2010 04:54 AM

Terrific pieces Chuck. The use of sea shells (or urchins I guess I should say) is very creative. They are really beautiful. Thanks for letting us see them.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#12 posted 11-22-2010 05:34 AM

Some great looking ornaments. Nice set of creations.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#13 posted 11-22-2010 06:09 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments.

Lew, are you asking how did I make the wood round parts? I turned them first hollowed them out and then made the finials to fit the holes made from hollowing.

SPalm, No these are not heavy at all. the Urchins are of course hollow and extremly fragile so they are very light weight. The wood shells, like I told Lew are all hollowed out and very light as well.

If you have any more questions just ask or send me a private message.

You are all very kind!!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#14 posted 11-22-2010 01:38 PM

Beautiful turnings. Very nice

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#15 posted 11-22-2010 01:56 PM


Sorry, my question wasn’t very clear. I was curious how you made the sea shell globes.


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

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