Ran down into the basement for a little lathe time… wanted to practice a bit before I got to those screwdrivers. Incidentally, I hadn’t touched the lathe since I made the first one before Christmas.
Imagine my surprise to find my chisels good and sharp!
Having nothing in mind, I grabbed a piece of Maple root, approx 2” dia x 7” – probably the only piece that hasn’t split on me – and started seeing what would come of it.
This was a dream to turn, nice and tightly grained, dry as a bone, gotta get some more of this. Of course being irregularly shaped, I hadn’t yet stripped all the bark of before it seemed “done.” Another piece for the growing forest of odd turnings!
Next I started on making my mallet. Dick was kind enough to give me a photo of his, so I intended to make something similar. Found another piece of maple that looked and felt right. I got the handle portion nice and smooth with my skew, but only I managed to get only that far before my hands started to ache.
I remember I couldn’t even type after my first 3-hour turning class. (All the vibration and dig-ins I suppose, second class was much better, third, piece of cake) Need more practice, or to take another class to refresh.
Another rustic, if not barbaric tool.
One lesson learned tonight – I’m normally an advocate for using compact flourescent lighting, to save energy, but I can’t recommend having one by the lathe. The flickering light paired with trying to see a piece of wood spinning at a hundred thousand rpms (give or take) is distracting, and could be dangerous. I’d heard a story once about such a situation in a sawmill, where the flickering light made it look like the blades weren’t spinning!