I’ve been trying very hard to create a honey dipper, but since I don’t have an appropriate parting tool, it’s next to impossible. I have gotten very good at turning a square 2″x2″ bit of super cheap construction lumber into 10″ long dowels that are about 2″ diameter. I’m also very good at making saw dust.
Today I completed my first finished lathe project, the first project that didn’t explode before I was done making it! I made a nostepinne, which is a bit less involved than a honey dipper. I’d never successfully wound up a ball of yarn on one before and I do have a cheap turn-crank ball winder for my fiber business. I made this nostepinne custom to the size of my hand and put beads at the ends of the handle. I’d never successfully made bead work on the lathe either, so that was another first.
I used the 2″x2″ pine I had left over from building a shelf unit for my bedroom a while back. I cut a roughly 11 inch bit, loaded it up, and started turning. I also finished the piece while it was still on the lathe. I moved up my sand paper progressively until I was using 1000 grit sand paper. Then I used paper towels to apply a dark walnut stain rather lightly and rubbed in some butcher block finish while it was still spinning. Once the finishes dried, I used a mineral oil and beeswax polish. It was so smooth before the polish that it no longer felt like touching wood, much less the super rough construction 2″x2″ beam!
Then, probably because it was sized so perfectly, I took it home and wound up a little ball of red scrap yarn. It’s a near perfect ball of red yarn now! I’m very excited. Now, when I do fun reenactment type events where I’m spinning on my wheel I can take this wonderful tool along with me.
I’m off to get ready for bed and get out of these saw dust caked clothes now. I’ve got a big day tomorrow. I’ve got a doctor’s appointment way too early in the morning, a lunch break, physical therapy, and then knit group and possibly more wood working! Whew. I don’t have nearly enough spoons to get through that all.
-- -Kim, Peyton, CO