|Project by Eric M. Saperstein||posted 01-12-2012 07:45 AM||1517 views||3 times favorited||13 comments|
OK – so technically these are not wood … but let’s face it anyone who has not cut open a golf ball to find out what’s inside it is really curious what IS inside a golf ball. A woodworker made them so it should be passable as close enough.
Anyway … The answer to the question “what’s inside a golf ball” ... IS … a really cool hard rubbery stuff that apparently carves amazingly well and takes intricate detail. It also holds acrylic paint nicely!
This is what happens when we let my father get bored and find random things to do with his time.
I will offer one VERY important warning – to open a golf ball with a bandsaw be very careful. It works, but it’s a little touchy if it grabs the ball will spin and take your fingers into the blade. I’d suggest doing it with a pull saw or ware a protective chain glove or something if you use a bandsaw.
The material inside is an excellent learning to carve medium. It has no grain so it’s just learning to work the tool and technique for putting in features and detail. Then you can move to wood and deal with grain issues.
An army of interesting golf balls has been made over the years. Also note the golf tee stuck in the cut off cover of the golf ball makes a great stand!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com