I've been meaning to get to this post since before Christmas...that should give you some insight into the level of procrastination I'm capable of. That's right...I'm a master procrastinator!
Every year I always think the same thing, "hmmm I really should just make something for xmas rather than buying some meaningless plastic POS that no one really wants in the long run,"...what? Doesn't everyone think in run on sentences?
Xmas 2012 was no different, well...actually it was as I turned that run on sentence into tangible objects...many objects actually.
I did take the slightly easy way out by making all those pieces on the lathe though.
I started out with two cherry and walnut pieces for my mom and aunt. I've been carting around several pieces of lumber out of my grandfathers shop for more years than I can remember and occasionally dip into that stock for special occasions/gifts back to the family...and this was no different. Well, actually it was, as I have a few pieces of Mahogany that has aged to a dark dark brown/red. The piece I pulled from the rack that I had assumed was more of this Mahogany actually turned out to be a stick of quarter sawn Walnut...that's how dirty and aged these boards are. What a score, the Mahogany was going to be nice, but I think the Walnut was even better. So each bowl got a handsome Walnut stripe around its waist.
I then turned my attention to a handsome Walnut bowl for a friend and a nice piece out of Alder for my sister in law.
I had originally intended to turn a few smaller treasure boxes for my nieces, but I just couldn't get them to cooperate, ultimately blowing out several blanks.
I blame the new 25mm jaw set...well that and I probably should have turned a few pieces on the jaws to get the hang of how they turn rather than just jumping right into some tiny turnings. But hey...you don't learn unless you try.
The last item that I added to the list was actually a piece I turned in the fall. A simple lidded salt cellar in cherry. Kristina and I have been using its twin (actually a prototype that I thought I had turned the bottom too thin on) for a number of months and was now comfortable giving it out as production piece; satisfied that even when stocked to the brim with salt that it wouldn't crack (at least not right away).
I'm a firm believer that everyone should get at least 1 toy for Christmas. So where I was already working the lathe I thought it would be a perfect time to turn some tops. This was an interesting learning experience. If the top is too bottom heavy it spins slooooow; however if it's too top heavy it spins like a drunken sailor.
So there you have it. Xmas 2012...and it's only 2 months late!