My wife, being an avid knitter, challenged me, (meaning she said she wished there was someplace she could get homemade), to create buttons out of wood. The key to this is making them “unique” she said. I played around on the lathe for a while and found a couple ways to knock them out pretty consistantly. I’ve found that it’s a great way to use up the odd cutoffs and ends that I can’t bare to throw away, but seem to collect quickly in the shop. I turned a quick bowl, and now when I get a good piece of wood to use up, and a couple spare minutes I turn some buttons and put them in the bowl for her to use on her projects. Win – win.