|Project by Grondor||posted 11-07-2011 06:57 AM||896 views||1 time favorited||8 comments|
I just got a lathe back in July (my very kind and very forgiving wife decided to give it to me for our 13th anniversary), and in order to practice every day I gave myself a simple project: make one wooden mushroom on the lathe every day, exploring the various skews, gouges and scrapers, play with eccentric turning, large pieces, small pieces, burning wire, etc. The project has kind of taken on a life of its own, and I’m currently up to 86 mushrooms! The smallest one, which you can see in the third picture, was actually put in an envelope with my step-son’s birthday card!
I’m using a variety of woods, from some rather green branches of apple-wood, maple and pine from a back-yard trimming to simple pine scraps, cedar, and a selection of exotic wood cut-offs I buy by the 10-pound box (purpleheart, mahogany, zebrawood, tigerwood, bloodwood, and a few others). This gives me a change to see how the tools react to different species.
I never aim for perfection with these—the natural world is hardly ever perfect. I try to go for something that catches and pleases or intrigues the eye.
Anyway, I said I’ll do this for one year, and that’s what I’m doing. 86 down, 269 to go!