Interesting things I've turned

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:
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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
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Puckdropper
The members of my local Woodturners' Guild turn many hundreds of tops and sell them at a a major xmas craft fair, the proceeds (~$4,000) going to the local foodbank.
I often turn small lidded boxes. At first copying those in Ray Key's books but now I turn other shapes. I have a chunk of ebony that I want to use for some very special boxes but I want to turn as many as possible in other, cheaper woods before risking it. Graham
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graham wrote in news:nul990$qnl$ snipped-for-privacy@dont-email.me:
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.
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?
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On Monday, October 24, 2016 at 9:32:59 AM UTC-5, snipped-for-privacy@googlegroups.com wr ote:
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 ne.
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I've started making larger boxes for storing beads for the Beads of Courage charity:
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It started in the US
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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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