|Project by Jaybird719||posted 03-17-2011 04:11 PM||3457 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
This is a a bat I turned for my brother-in-law from ash. It is 32” long and has a 2-5/8” barrel. My Brother-in-law is a huge Simpsons fan and plays in a men’s baseball league. I mentioned turning a bat for him – and right off the bat (pardon the pun) he says, you mean a wonder bat? Apparently, there is a Simpsons episode where Homer plays for the plant’s team and uses his ‘wonder bat’.
My BIL forwarded a few images from the episode, and off I went.
I had turned smaller bats prior to this, but had never burned any images onto them, so I knew this would be a challenge. Unfortunately none of the images that I had to work with had a clear image of the ‘wonder bat’ logo on Homer’s bat – so I had to improvise a bit. I was trying to come up with something and decided that the Simpsons font was pretty iconic – at least to those that watch the show – lucky for me I found it online (akbar – is the name of the font for those who may want it)
From there I created a template to trace the lettering onto my work surface and set off to do several practice pieces. I had a small piece of maple that I decided to do my first practice images on. This worked well for my first go at burning, but I decided I might be better off to use a piece of ash because I had a feeling that the open grain of the ash might burn differently than the maple. Luckily, I had another bat blank that I could use for practice. So I practiced and practiced again, and again until I got a feel for the different tips and the rate at which they would burn.
This was my first experience with burning – while far from perfect, I am pleased with the results. It turned out better than I had anticipated and was a bunch of fun to do. Especially from a burner that I purchased at the craft store.
Sanded to 400 and finished with waterlox.
Thanks so much for looking – as always – your comments/critiques are appreciated.
-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA