Turning a Walnut Vase

Each month I make something and then give it away to my patrons over on Patreon.  This month the project was a walnut vase that I turned on my lathe.  I’m not a super experienced turner so this is a great way for me to get some practice and another upside is that turnings shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg to ship.

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If that isn’t your thing check out the video below to see how I made the vase.  Thanks for watching!

Inside Out Turned Ornament

For a long time I’ve wanted to turn a Christmas ornament for our tree.  Each year the holidays come and pass and I never have the time to make it happen.  This year was different.

I grabbed some walnut and mahogany I had laying around the shop and got to work.  This was my first attempt at doing an income out turning.  It’s not perfect but it is certainly acceptable for a first go.  If you’d like to see how I made it check out the video below.

Turning a Harry Potter wand

I love being a woodworker. Primarily because it allows me to make things. This morning my Son asked me if I’d make a Harry Potter wand for him. He is very interested in making movies and he is always trying to come up with different props for his films. Personally I think he is more interested in collecting the props (read: toys) than he is actually making the movies. He has only completed a few stop motion Lego movies.

At any rate, I knew that I had a scrap piece of Walnut in the shop that would be perfect for this quick project. So I went down to my shop, chucked the wood in my lathe and turned out this wand.

I get a great sense of pride knowing that I can whip something up really quickly that my children will have fun playing with for a long time. Even if he breaks it tomorrow, I can always build a new one and the new one will probably be better than the last. It makes me wonder if Makers had the same sense of pride when they made something 100 years ago, when most kid’s toys were made at home. Perhaps it was so common that they thought nothing of it. Now it might be more of a novelty sensation. We live in a “throw away” society. Most people buy furniture designed to last 2 years at best that is made from particle board and screws. In my house that stuff is luck to last 6 months. I’m pretty happy knowing that this wand will be around long after he has lost interest in playing with it.