Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

wooden egg kaleidoscope

An egg Kaleidoscope 1) ready to be turned on the lathe, 2) finished in gilded holder, and 3) photobombed by Bob the cat’s tail as he sashayed by

 

Before: block of wood ready to be mounted on a lathe, to be turned into an egg-shaped kaleidoscope by my DH. After: He made the one in back that is sitting in its little stand. During: Bob’s tail is always close by. For more Weekly Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition photos, look here. I’ve seen more cool photos on this challenge than ever before: it must be the subject. Juxtaposition? A posed picture that makes you go “wow!”
And this is for Zero to Hero Day 22 assignment: take part in a blogging event.

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Sewing and Spinning Wood

This year it seems hotter and muggier earlier, here in Central Florida. While it’s hot and muggy outside, sewing in the air-conditioned sewing room is a much more preferable activity than woodworking in the sweltering shop, even though a fan is blowing the sawdust and wood chips around. In the shop, I have to wear a plastic mask.

working on lathe, with mask

As you can imagine, this activity is very sweaty….so….

I made myself a sweat band, similar to the one I made for DH a few posts back.

sweat band materials & lunch

assorted lost-cause odd sizes of elastic

I found some old towel remnants that were left over from hooded towel and purse projects, a scrap of collegiate fabric, and I picked a soft, blue knitted elastic, sewed and trimmed and turned, and came up with this.

Gator Sweat Band

I like the added terry towel mini-band in the back, because the nape of my neck is where the sweat action is.

The other annoying dividend of woodworking in the sweaty dead heat of summer is getting sawdust and woodchips down your bra. But we’ll address that issue on another day!

I used a little block of cherry wood for my woodturning project.

wood remnants

Cherry wood spurtle

A spurtle (or spirtle) is a Scottish kitchen implement for stirring porridge. Or so they say. I think it looks like a rather thick wand. I mean, I not only need a spurtle, I need a wand, as well. If you’ve ever been to The Wizarding world of Harry Potter at Universal Studios, you know darn well that you can go to Ollivander’s shop there and a wand will choose YOU. (They don’t tell you that you get the same wand as others who have a birthday near the time of yours, or that it’s going to cost you about 30 bucks. If you have a lot of youngsters who want a wand, wow! is it going to cost you! You will find out! You might as well buy a lathe and start turning.) Now, some of these fancy blocks of wood can be expensive. Would you go for a wand made of birch, holly, hawthorne, or maybe elder? And then the tricky part is how to manage putting in the core—dragon heartstring? Phoenix tail feather? Hmmm—wonder how invincible I could be with an elder wand…J/K.

I used a regular roughing gouge to get the square edges off, then I switched to the Easy Tools to work on the bead, the tulip sort-of handle, and the tapered end of the spurtle. Easy Tools are very different because rather than just being a shaft of metal with a sharp angled blade, they have carbide bladed thing-a-ma-jigs on the ends of them. They are truly easy to use, so much that DH thinks you are cheating when you use one of them rather than a skew chisel. My DH was so proud of my spurtle, he wanted to oil it for me so he could really admire my workmanship. He bought some mineral oil, but you can use any food-grade oil to finish it, like peanut oil or sweet almond oil.

Spurtle waiting to be put to use

Do you see my copy of the Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook? It’s got a recipe for thick treacle porridge…

The Day I Became a Woodturner

Oh, it was a happy day!

My instructor is Skip Ingley, also known as my DH, AKA University of Florida College of Engineering 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year (I mention this so that through my filial bias I do not appear to be the only one who believes he is an awesome teacher). Leading up to this hands-on adventure, we watched LOTS of DVD’s featuring great woodworkers like Jimmy Clewes, Alan Lacer, Paul Sellers, and other masters who make it look so easy and fun!

We began with terminology: I must learn to identify the names of the tools and parts of the machines and their functions.

The Jet Lathe, DH’s Father’s Day present

The tailstock

The headstock

The Banjo and Tool Rest

Now, I am going to get one of these wood remnants, which are pieces of what used to be a 2×4.

Poplar or birch wood remnants

Next, I attach it to the spindle by pricking a little hole in the center of both ends of the block with an awl so the drive center mechanism can grab it and turn it.

This is another block he’d been working on, shown “speared” by the tailstock revolving center for a tight hold

The headstock drive center has a little tooth on it to attach the other end of the block.

To make this square peg a round one, I will use the Roughing Gouge.

roughing gouge

skew

I liked using the skew chisel most of all. I learned to use it for planing cuts and peeling cuts.

planing with a skew chisel

peeling cut in between two parting cuts

In planing, I am moving the skew down an area of the block, evening out the rounded surface. In peeling, I am digging into the block to cut out a portion of the wood. Cool as heck! The smell of wood is invigorating. The hum of the spinning spindle is an agreeable one. I can see why the wood shop can be an enchanting place to hang out. Before I became a woodturner, it just seemed like a large, disorderly storage area.

Now I try out the parting tool. It makes a straight (if you don’t tilt it) deep (if you dig in far enough) cut, the width of your blade. You can make two parting cuts and then peel or plane between the two.

parting tool

Or you can make a parting cut with the intent of severing one part of the piece from the rest of it.

contentedly rough-gouging

I will probably practice on that pile of 2×4 remnants before I take on a real project. We have discussed a honey dipper (definition #1, lol), a spirtle, a candlestick, or a little vase for dried flowers (weed pot) as a possible first project. Which of these, or another project, would you choose?

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