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Project by TedM posted 819 days ago 2592 views 13 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s some spatulas and spurtles that I turned recently. They are all made of Maple and painted to spiff them up a bit. I make these for the craft circuit and they have proven to be quite popular.

In addition to a nice product or gift they make a great exercise in turning beads, etc.

All comments appreciated.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!





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rdjack21

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#1 posted 819 days ago

Nice. How many are you going to ship me :) I could really use some.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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dakremer

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#2 posted 819 days ago

those are really cool!

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#3 posted 819 days ago

Very colorful and great looking. I guess no one has to ask you “how’s your Spurtle” LOL

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#4 posted 819 days ago

By the simple fact that you added color to the handles made them all the more attractive and my attention was grabbed and held! Keep using bright colors and maybe add neon colors as well?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 819 days ago

forgot to ask do you turn the handles separate and glue them together,Also are you using dyes on the handles. I’d like to make my wife a couple. They really are great looking.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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cathyb

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#6 posted 818 days ago

Nice! I never heard of a spurtle, but it would be a great word for “Words with Friends” :)
How do you make these? Let me get this straight: you have piece of wood about 1” thick? Chuck it onto the lathe and turn the handle, right? But wouldn’t there be a problem with balance? Do you have to deal with a lot of chatter, or am I just not aware of how this is done? They are definitely cool. If I were at one of your shows, I would buy a handful of these cute things and use them as stocking stuffers. Thanks for sharing.

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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SCOTSMAN

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#7 posted 818 days ago

I too admire the coloured handles this is the secret to your success. Beautiful and modern looking.Spurtles are normally straight stick like for stirring porridge originated here in Scotland Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 818 days ago

Wow!

They shout out

What a great idea to paint them

Do you paint on the lathe?

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#9 posted 818 days ago

Such a cool idea! The paint really works for these

-- Regards, Norm

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TedM

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#10 posted 818 days ago

Wow! Thanks everyone!

a1Jim, they are all one piece and it is acrylic paints that I used.

cathyb, a spurtle is a Scottish utensil used for stirring oats. They are short enough that there is not much chatter. I hold the piece with one hand and the tool in the other to minimize this. Here’s some more info in a post I did a couple of years ago – http://www.woodworkersguide.com/2008/10/24/spurtles-spurtles-rah-rah-rah/ btw – I’ll let you know when the next show is. ;)

I’ll try to get a how-to done for the spatulas soon…

Jamie, no I don’t paint them on the lathe just because they would tie it up.

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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a1Jim

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#11 posted 818 days ago

Thanks Ted

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#12 posted 818 days ago

Those are Wonderful! The colors add So much. Great idea.

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#13 posted 818 days ago

I wish my scraps looked like yours, wonderful projects

-- Norman

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#14 posted 818 days ago

Hi Ted.

If ye ken a spurtle, ye must be a heelander! :)

Caid mille falte! ‘tis good to see an old Scottish item on the site. Such very useful implements aren’t much in use in these days of stainless steel and plastic. That’s a shame, is it nae?

Paul

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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TedM

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#15 posted 818 days ago

Thanks again everyone!

Paul, we use a spurtle every morning here at home when making our oatmeal, but then again, we do live in Nova Scotia ;)

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit http://www.woodworkersguide.com and sign up for my project updates!

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