Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More on Turning

This weekend's post hurricane weather was beautiful. Since I have been neglecting my lathe for months now, I decided to get out and turn.

I started by finishing the "water glass" I still had in the chuck. It turned out nice, but only with about 5.5 oz capacity.

And while I was at it, and in an effort to hone my skills with the hollow master, I turned a very tall goblet.

And with most things I turn, I realize only after its finished and off the lathe, that it didn't turn out exactly as I envisioned it. I was aiming for a sort of long tapered look, kind of like a champagne flute, with a bead in the center of the stem, and a much narrower stem.

Don't get me wrong, I still like it. It's just my mind and my hand aren't exactly in sync yet. I am having fun sculpting by my whims, and not repeating cup designs, as of yet.

And finally, I've had a chance to make the handle for the mug I was asked for. It's been a while, but I'm still way ahead of my deadline for it. A nice big mahogany mug (haven't spec'd out the capacity yet) with a maple hand carved handle. Even carving out the handle's mount points on the side of the mug turned out to be less daunting than I imagined.

Now I just need to get it covered and delivered in the next 5 weeks.

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