Long time not posting, project..... Nostepines, and Garden Dibble

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Project by Hacksaw007 posted 12-26-2010 11:02 PM 3602 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been along time since I last posted, I guess that I have just been busy. Wanted to share and show off some new stuff for me.

First, is a plain jane piece of scrap walnut that had no life in it at all. Turned it on my lathe wanting to see something, and it was my proto piece for a Garden Dibble. What is a Garden Dibble you may ask? It is an old fashioned garden tool used to plant seeds and bulbs. It is lined off at 1 inche marks to show the planter how deep they are planting. (wow, I should have shown this on Garden Tenders!) It is 9 1/2 inches long, the widest sections at the handle and the widest section of the planter is around 1 1/2 thick. It is kind of carrot shaped. Normally this tool would be not finished at all, linseed oiled, or beeswaxed. But I wanted my first one to be special. So I shaded the walnut browner, painted the first inch at the tip, and the handle flat black. Then took a piece of Scotchbrite pad, and some antique gold paint, and put a little on it and wiped most off and tapped the black paint with it producing an old sewing machine looking finish. Finished it in a satin conversion varnish. Quite a show piece. I have more fun with these pieces just asking people what they think they are. This Dibbler showed how dirty minded many are!

The other two pieces are called Nostepines. What is a Nostenpinde?

The nostepinne is a neat tool that finds it’s roots from Scandinavia. A tool used to wind a ball of yarn. It functions as the center of the ball while you wind the yarn around it. Once you have wound the ball, you slide it off the nostepinne. Then you can pull the yarn from the center, the outside, or both.

Easy to make. The first one is made from Red, White, and Blue Colorwood, that I get from where I work. Yea, I know it is a great perk for a woodworker! The second one is from Yellowheart. Painted the beads black, finished in conversion varnish. The measurements are in general, 10 inches long, a little less than 7/8 inches thick, the shaft where the yarn is wrapped is usually 6 inches long. The begininng of the shaft has a small round to it, so to place the yarn to start, and that section is thicked than the end which on both of this “Nostys” are 5/8 inches thick. I guess that is so that the ball of yarn can be easily taken off when done. Had fun making these, cause they are something different, and had fun sharing them with you. Hope all of you LJ’s had a Merry Christmas! Remember the Reason for the Season!

-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 12-26-2010 11:10 PM

Mike, Glad to see you’re back in the shop. It’s always fun! Like you projects. Maybe you you make some spurdles also! Where did you get the yellowwood? Merry Chrsitams buddy!


-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 12:32 AM

Nice work. Interesting tool. Ii thought they might be something from Harry Potter :-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 06:13 AM

Welcome back! Great tools to have around. My wife uses a Garden Dibble when she plants. Great colors and shapes. Mike have to make a Nostenpinne for my mother in law. She knits and crochets.

Keep it up.


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

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 03:33 PM

Nice tools. I’m sure they will always will be a pleasure to use.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 12-27-2010 05:20 PM

Great work as always. I don’t have the time right now, but some day I would like to do some turning. I’m also glad to hear that your wife is starting to turn. It’s great to have something you can do together.

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#6 posted 12-28-2010 02:14 AM

Really great stuff! It is a pleasure to see them all. Glad to see you posting again!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#7 posted 12-30-2010 03:00 AM

Cool Ideas!!

Never saw the yarn thingy. Thanks for the explanation!


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

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#8 posted 07-31-2012 04:34 AM

Great dibble and nostepines. I’d like to make BOTH of these. Thanks for educating me today.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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