As I suspect for everuone that makes/crafts, the run up to Christmas is the busiest time of the year. Generally I will spend just a couple of hours a week at the lathe during Monday to Friday and then depending on want I will spend a Saturday or Sunday in the workshop.
Since the beginning of December I have been in the workshop most evenings, whether it’s for pens or bowls for commissions, pens for stock or the rare occasion when I get to make/try something new.
All orders for Christmas now complete, I have one pen left to make for a family gift. I have been playing with making snowmen and other Christmas related turnings. Well, I say “men”, I have made two snow people this year. I started with with the standard snowman with a top hat and he lonely. I named him Horace and made him a wife during the same week. She is called Mrs Wimp. I haven’t taken photos of them yet, I will when I have some light and time.
It took me a couple of hours of playing to get the pendant you see above, and it proved to me that I need to be even more accurate with the placement of and the depth of the cut. For a first attempt though, I am happy with this.
Final play for the moment is the hanging bauble below.
The top and bottom are dyed beech, I have no idea what the wood is in the middle. I actually made two top and bottom finials, the first ones were too chunky (bottom) or too small (top) and just didn’t look right.
During Christmas week I am aiming to complete a project “challenge” that Martin over at The Black Dog Workshop set for the workshop members yesterday. I won’t give it away, but it’s not a christmas ornament!