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Project by Eric M. Saperstein posted 01-12-2012 07:45 AM 1661 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 01-12-2012 07:48 AM

Pretty wild looking g balls

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#2 posted 01-12-2012 08:02 AM

There’s a guy on ETSY that does these and they are pretty awesome carvings…..........

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#3 posted 01-12-2012 02:31 PM

What an awesome idea.. I really like them.

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#4 posted 01-12-2012 02:48 PM

I found it easier to mount the golf ball between 2 cup centers on the lathe and use a “V” scraping tool to cut the cover then pop it off with a small screwdriver. But that’s as far as I have gotten, I guess I’m afraid to make a mistake carving.

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#5 posted 01-12-2012 03:19 PM

Awesome, cool, I have got to have these!
The “Tees” are wood! It is “Woodworking”!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#6 posted 01-12-2012 04:12 PM

YES the Tee’s are wood! There you have it … it’s a woodworking project! I knew one of you guys would resolve that issue for me.

The lathe and cup idea is good – we don’t have a cup set actually (great ANOTHER tool I gotta buy … darn …) That would obviously work good I like that.

Everyone loves these, haven’t sold too many but everyone loves them. Dad’s given them away as gifts over the years though. Always gets a laugh whenever he pulls them out.


-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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#7 posted 01-12-2012 04:20 PM


Love them. Please PM me a set.

Thanks much.

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 01-12-2012 05:41 PM

The lathe cup idea works like this if you can remove the center point from your live center you have one half of what you need then just take off your faceplate or chuck ans use the hole in the headstock as the other contact point chuck the ball between them and clamp tightly. Oh and make sure you lock down your tailstock, kinda funny when you forget.

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#9 posted 01-12-2012 07:43 PM

They had an article in Woodcarver’s Illustrated about carving soft balls (very similar). I remember thinking what is next…carved footballs? Carved roller skates. LOL. Truthfully, I am amazed at how talented folks are….to figure out how to make art from truly remarkeable items. I wonder how much distance you could get off the tee with them? A carved clown might even cut down on my slice? At least it would make it easier to find the ball in the rough. Maybe I should give that a try- couldn’t make my game much worse…especially when I am spending more time in the shop then on the course….

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#10 posted 01-12-2012 11:14 PM

When I was a kid you could get these rubber balls that had faces like this on them. I forget what they were called, but you just gave me a trip down memory lane!

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#11 posted 01-13-2012 05:02 AM

I am floored, that is one of the most refreshing works I have seen for a long time. That is thinking outside the box

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#12 posted 01-13-2012 06:43 AM

love it, such a great idea

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#13 posted 01-13-2012 08:32 AM

I hate to admit but I have as I’m sure most of us have … failed to lock or clamp things properly in a lathe. Yeah “funny” things happen … as long as you get out of the way quick!

-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman

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