|Project by IsaacSteele||posted 10-07-2013 10:41 PM||2428 views||4 times favorited||14 comments|
The idea for this came to me while my then fiance and I were discussing guestbook ideas for our wedding. Once it was in my head, it wouldn’t let go till I had worked out how to make it work.
I quickly realized this piece would go beyond merely something to hold paper for people to sign at our wedding but could hold any number of exchangeable scrolls as a display in our future home and I set about work out a design that would facilitate both purposes.
It took a bit of experimentation to get the clearances needed to allow the ends of the scroll to rest comfortably, rotate in place without being pulled out of their rests, and still be easily removed and exchanged for alternate scrolls. I also had to strike a balance between a stand with a steep enough angle to act as a display in the long term and yet slanted enough to not be impossible for people to sign it at the wedding.
This was also one of my first attempts at making anything decorative on the lathe. I’d played with the lathe a bit when I was younger in making a small club, but this was my first attempt making my own patterns much less doing the freehand work for the tighter areas that a pattern and jig simply can’t reach. It took a few failed attempts before I got them how I liked them.
Ironically, one of the most difficult parts of this was finding the paper. I wanted something a little older looking in keeping with the old fashioned scroll, but it is next to impossible to find at the needed length and width. I had gone with 8 1/2 inches wide so that in the future I could print out different pages with various scripture passages, hymns, poetry or whatever else my wife and I came up with to display. Unfortunately that is not a common width for parchment or even custom scroll paper. If I found it in that width, it wasn’t long enough to also wind around both scroll spindles much less have a few page lengths extra for however many people might end up signing it. The papers that were long enough either were the wrong width or were made from a thinner material like rice paper or the like. Those tend to be very thin and not good for writing on without bleeding through to the stand or tearing the paper. In the end I almost accidentally found this paper in the children’s crafts section at Walmart. It worked perfectly for the wedding as it is very heavy and I didn’t have to worry about the pen bleeding through onto the stand. I still hope to find something a little more decorative for future scrolls but couldn’t be happier with how this turned out.
As can be seen from the pictures, the scroll works well separated from the stand. With a mere 4 nails in a wall, they could be hung like a photo. I am, of course, planning to make something more decorative than nails that can be mounted on the wall and the scroll would be able to be easily removed and replaced. That’s another project for another day and far easier to accomplish. I will share that project when I get around to making it.