|Project by JayG46||posted 12-24-2013 10:57 AM||946 views||3 times favorited||5 comments|
These are made out laminated strips of maple and padauk that I turned using a bottle stopper screw chuck into the rough shape of a Christmas tree. The blocks ended up being 1.5” square and 4” long before turning. There were 8 in total but I gave two away already.
Each one is different partially because it was a creative exercise and partially because I’m neither a talented enough nor patient enough turner to make them all identical. Also, the cutters in my Easy Wood Tools are dull and frozen in place, so I had to learn how to turn with and sharpen traditional lathe tools in the process, which was probably a good experience but not the most convenient timing. I finished the first five with friction polish but decided on the later ones that the subtle bleeding of the red from the padauk into the maple was making it sort of a waste of time.
The “stump” is a piece of walnut that I started hammering through a Lee Valley dowel former and then nipped off on the chop saw, which then fit into the hole for the screw chuck. I’m going to distribute the rest of them to some family when I made the journey back to New York today, so hopefully they are well received.
Happy holidays, Jocks.
-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL www.swallowtailwoodcraft.com "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi