Ceremonial Mace for local College

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Project by wood_wench posted 07-01-2011 03:59 AM 2811 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My woodworking club in Cincinnati was contacted my a local College to have a ceremonial mace made for their graduation ceremonies. A general email was sent out to see if anyone was interested – I replied. The College had a general idea of what they wanted from some pictures on line but after spending about 10 hours designing it in SketchUp they decided on this version. The entire thing comes apart – joined by a threaded rod going down the middle – so that the brass rings can be removed for engraving at a later date. The medallions were made locally at the Price Hill Casting Company.

The wood is walnut with a garnet Shellac finish – it has a top coat of Renaissance wax. The brass rings were cut from a 12” long tube on my wood lathe using a carbide cutting tool, then polished and sealed with a lacquer made for brass.

The base of the stand contains about 10 pounds of lead to make sure it doesn’t tip over in use.

It was truly an honor to have the opportunity to make something that should be used for a hundred years. I look forward to making more in the future – but NOW the College wants a glass case to display it in. Better get busy designing it in SketchUp.

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#1 posted 07-01-2011 06:04 AM

Looks good from here ;-)) they must like it if they want a case for it ;-))

-- 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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#2 posted 07-01-2011 03:35 PM

If you haven’t already produced one, a photo album that illustrates ‘start to finish’ progress would be useful to the college for documenting the object for posterity. Nice work.

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#3 posted 07-01-2011 03:36 PM

Wow! . I can see someone , someday, being inspired to be a woodworker by that piece. Nice work!

It’s too early in the morning to imagine the case you would build for it.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#4 posted 07-02-2011 12:12 AM

Charles – yes, I printed out a nice scrap book of progress along with the sketch-up file prints. The college was very appreciative of this documentation for their historical archives.

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