Interesting things I've turned

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I'm known for turning tops around my close family.  Each one has its own  
personality, some spin fast and in one spot, others will actually spin  
sideways until their inertia forces them up onto their tip.  (These look  
similar to bowling pins.)  Some wander around, and a couple of them spin on  
either end.

I tried whistles following a post on LumberJocks:  
http://lumberjocks.com/LateNightOwl/blog/15578 They turned out great, with  
a really clear and loud sound but aren't as much fun as tops.

Perhaps the coolest was a lidded box.  I used a piece of scrap that wasn't  
glued all that well (good enough to turn) and was just playing with the  
(hey, maybe that's where my 1 3/8" forstner bit went!) design.  I saw one  
on the Internet that had non-concentric rings in the top's top, but that  
didn't work out too well for me.  The concentric rings look cool, though!  
I had them both on the end and sides.  I'll have to turn another one out of  
nice wood.

Oh, and I turned a bowling pin.

What interesting things have you turned?  What was interesting about it?

Puckdropper

Re: Interesting things I've turned
On 10/24/2016 8:32 AM, Puckdropper wrote:
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The members of my local Woodturners' Guild turn many hundreds of tops  
and sell them at a a major xmas craft fair, the proceeds (~$4,000) going  
to the local foodbank.

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I often turn small lidded boxes. At first copying those in Ray Key's  
books but now I turn other shapes. I have a chunk of ebony that I want  
to use for some very special boxes but I want to turn as many as  
possible in other, cheaper woods before risking it.
Graham


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Sounds like a good thing!  I've gotten some compliments/comments  
suggesting I could sell the tops, but I've refused.  It's not that I mind  
exchanging a block of wood for money, it's just that I don't want to be  
stuck trudging to the lathe and making another top.

Something like what you're doing, though, is totally different.
  
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I definitely understand.  I've got a little bit of Apple from a tree that  
was mostly rotten, and I dug the stump out myself.  That wood has a story  
and I'm not ready to make it in to something yet.  Has anyone here ever  
typed the story of a piece of wood like that and presented that along  
with a piece they're parting with?

Puckdropper

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The Alabama Woodturners club (AWA Birmingham) turns Christmas ornaments to  
decorate a tree at Children's Hospital and usually puts around 350 ornament
s on the tree.  The tree is donated to the hospital as part of a fund raise
r, in which local clubs and business donate a tree for a raffle.  The AWA's
 is always among the most sought after.  Turning ornaments for the tree, wi
th the hollowing and finials, is one of the most rewarding things I have do
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On 10/25/2016 4:46 AM, Dr. Deb wrote:
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I've started making larger boxes for storing beads for the Beads of  
Courage charity:
http://beadsofcourage.ca/
It started in the US
http://www.beadsofcourage.org/
and if you look in the recent issue of "Woodturning" there is a photo  
from the AAW convention showing boxes for this charity.
Graham

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