I had turned another little bowl on wednesday to take to my woodturning group on thursday but since then I had not turned until today (sunday evening). Twas the first time I had taken minis to club and I think the members were reasonably impressed with the delicate work.
|Wednesday bowl (possibly walnut)|
I also picked a 2" piece of walnut out of the shavings after the demonstrator had finished making a whistle and he proceeded to give me a piece of African blackwood to try. Supposedly it is very fine grained and strong, dense and perfect for holding the small details needed in mini work. Quite frankly I am too afraid to cut into it yet as it is pretty expensive so I will continue building my skills before cutting into this piece. (Edit: several days later postman brought me 5 pen blanks [3/4" square about 6 inches long] to try before cutting into the bigger piece.)
But I am back on the lathe with avengance.
Today I was determined to make a candlestick after far too many fails at the end of last week and nothing to show for a good amount of working time.
|Progress photos which never reached completion|
As a precaution I thought I would practise with some cheap 9mm hardwood dowel which was left over from making lace bobbins.
|Not quite a matching pair|
Surprisingly it worked rather well and a pair of vaguely similar candlesticks emerged. The light wood would also be great for anything that was to be painted.
Then another little bowl and a kitchen paper stand and I was finished, a very productive turning session indeed.
Until next time, Kim