Urchin Ornaments

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Project by Brian Havens posted 12-12-2011 06:58 AM 3114 views 29 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Merry Christmas fellow LumberJocks!

I had a lot of fun making these ornaments. More precisely, I had a lot of fun figuring out how to make these ornaments. If you are interested in seeing how I went about it, you can check out the video below.

I did expect the thin spindle to be challenging, and it was—highly recommended if you want to push your tool control to the limit—but there were many other unexpected challenges too. Take a look:

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-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 12-12-2011 07:05 AM

Amazing work Brain. Using natural things to make a Christmas tree beautiful.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#2 posted 12-12-2011 07:30 AM

Wonderful video. Well thought out and easy to follow. Thanks.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#3 posted 12-12-2011 12:45 PM

Brian, Well done a great video

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#4 posted 12-12-2011 02:43 PM

Thanks for the video Brian. I have seen these ornaments and have never tried it but after seeing the video I think I may. Thanks for the detail of how to to these and thanks for going through all of the trial and error as well. Love the thin finial work that you do.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#5 posted 12-12-2011 02:49 PM

Thanks for this post, Brian. These ornaments are beautiful.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 12-12-2011 04:35 PM

Very neat!

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#7 posted 12-12-2011 05:25 PM

That’s so cool , I love the video. THANKS

-- polecat, south alabama

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#8 posted 12-12-2011 05:50 PM

Great video, thx much for sharing

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#9 posted 12-12-2011 06:14 PM

Those are pretty cool, Brian.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#10 posted 12-13-2011 12:38 AM

they look awesome
thank´s for taking the time to make this how to toturial vidio and share it with us :-)
I enjoyd the vidio …. very well done

take care

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#11 posted 12-13-2011 04:05 AM

Great Stuff Brian Love the detailed info!!

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#12 posted 12-13-2011 05:42 AM

Brian, those are freakin beautiful man! The video was very professional too. Thanks very much for giving your time and effort. Those are really nice. Favorited this one.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#13 posted 12-13-2011 10:00 PM

Thanks, everyone!

It was really cool making the Top 3 yesterday.

I have to admit, I was a little wary of how going into such detail (in the video) would be received, but I am glad folks like this, since I enjoy exploring topics in-depth and sharing my thought process.

Merry Christmas!

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#14 posted 12-17-2011 06:34 AM

I am glad you went into that detail. I ordered a bunch of shells via E-bay, and received them today. My first ornament is now hanging on the tree! :) A lot of the tips you gave in your video I took advantage of, and made my first ornament turning very successful. Thank you for posting.

-- Mike ---- Visit my woodworking blog:

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#15 posted 12-17-2011 07:13 AM

really enjoyed. thanks

-- David, Center,Texas

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