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It has been a while since I last posted on Lumberjocks. 2012 ended with a health scare and some life changes. Things are fine now and I am looking forward to starting over in 2013. I do want to thank fellow Lumberjock Grizzman for checking in on me and giving me a little nudge to get back on Lumberjocks.

So back to the cool stuff. These are kaleidoscopes I designed and crafted. I made two using Bocote and Curly Maple and two using Curly Shedua and Curly Maple. I called them “Escape” since that is what you get to do while looking through them. The kaleidoscope and stand started with glue ups of ¾” thick Curly Maple and a dark veneer. This gave me the thickness I needed. The final shapes of the kaleidoscopes and bases were created using compound cuts on the bandsaw, spindle sander and a lot of carving using a rotary tool and rasps. There are three face mirrors inside the kaleidoscopes and the oil filled wand supplies the eye candy. It is held in place with hidden o-rings.

Kaleidoscopes are a cool way to explore your creative side. It is also a fun way to show little kids what kind of toys we had when we were growing up.

Here is a link to Wood Magazines plan for a kaleidoscope.

I order kaleidoscope hardware kits from

Below are some “before finish” pictures.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#1 posted 594 days ago

Absolutely beautiful! Such an interesting project. I love kaleidoscopes! These are really lovely. Glad to have you back and glad you are feeling better. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 594 days ago

I remember having kaleidoscopes as a kid, but they were NEVER as nice as these. Wonderful toys! Any kid OR adult would get hours of pleasure from these!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#3 posted 594 days ago

Hello jeff…It is good to see you are back around and doing good after your health scare. Your kaleidoscopes are very nice but I am not sure how you would look into them…these are different that those remember as a kid back in the 50’s where I would look into a round tube. I look forward to seeing more of your work…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#4 posted 594 days ago

glad you are back..I’ve missed your lovely work. these are splendid.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#5 posted 594 days ago

Hi Jeff, I am glad you are back and healthy again.These don’t even have to be kaleidoscopes to be interesting! They are beautiful wood sculptures in their own right. Great work as always. Looking forward to seeing more of your always wonderful projects.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 594 days ago

Those look great. I’m betting the recipients will be very pleased.

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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#7 posted 594 days ago

Great designs, as usual. Sorry to hear you had some health issues, and glad you healthy and back in the shop. Lets try to get together in the near future.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#8 posted 594 days ago

Mike nailed it. Beautiful sculptures, regardless of what they are for.
As kaleidoscopes, they are all the more wonderful.
It’s good to have your creative hands and mind back on the forum.
You were missed.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#9 posted 594 days ago

Unique and beautiful !

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#10 posted 594 days ago

Nice Jeff!

-- Happy woodworking!

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#11 posted 594 days ago

Real works of art, great photographs

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#12 posted 594 days ago

Very cool…terrific looking! Glad you are back and okay!! I always enjoy see your work.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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#13 posted 594 days ago

Beautifully designed and crafted. These are a real (and rare) treat to behold, Jeff.

It has been a while, you have been missed and I for one am grateful you are back. All the best.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#14 posted 594 days ago

Hope your health problems are gone for good.
Those are great kaleidoscopes.
Good adaption of an old plan.
Not many people have the knack for design.
Don’t stop.

-- Quicksilver

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#15 posted 593 days ago

these are really quite beautiful Jeff a so glad t see your back and to see your work is wonderful inspiration…im going to look into doing some of these, your design is so eye catching..really good…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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