In early December 2014 I bought a new lathe, an Axminster AT1628VS. I was then asked to very quickly make two small items as Christmas presents. A small goblet and a box for some silver “straws” (for playing “the short straw”). I have no photos of the completed box but this is the goblet:
Made in Zebra wood, it stands around three inches tall and has a captive ring.
These two commissions meant that I couldn’t remove the old lathe and install the new one as quickly as I would like.
Having (finally) got the new lathe set up between Christmas and New Year:
I then spent a few days re-designing the rest of the workshop to get my grinder, band saw and bench sander in and usable.
Since then I have managed to turn a total of two items. The first was a snowman, which was an exercise in form rather than a finished piece, getting used to the lathe and skills building with the skew chisel.
I think the ratio for size overall is OK but either the body needs to be marginally wider or the head thinner (while keeping the hat the same size). The hat on the final version will be blackened with India ink. Whether the glitter stays or not is a different matter. Not sure yet.
The other was a Sierra pen blank that I glued up a number of months ago but never got round to turning.
The blank is (I think) burr walnut and the inclusions have been filled with brass powder and superglue. The finish is 8 layers of superglue. I haven’t sanded it at the time of writing, but so far it’s the best CA finish I have done and I am certainly learning that less is more when applying the CA to the towel to put on the blank!
I will post again when the pen is finished – assuming I don’t screw it completely and end up sanding it off and finishing with friction polish! I really want to crack this CA finish lark!
My next project will be a small oak bowl, ebonised and cast with a pewter ring, an advancement on this piece:
Which is my favourite bowl so far.
Before I go though, check out https://adventuresinturning.wordpress.com – Tom updates regularly and writes great posts!