Thursday, July 24, 2008

Banksia Ornament

I am really excited about this ornament. I spent a lot of time hollowing it out so the walls are thin. I drilled a hole in the top so I can put a light down in it. I just need to find a bright light. I put a Christmas light in it and it does okay but I want brighter. The top and bottom are made of holly.


Here are the collection of pens that I have. I have made many more and given them away and sold them. I just don't have the time to say all the wood types.

Candlestick and Box

This is made out of knobthorn. It is from Africa and it is very hard.

This is a silver maple box. It is big enough to hold a quarter inside.

Sunday, July 20, 2008


This is a walnut platter. I really like the two contrasting grains. My wife thinks it looks like a lid.

This bowl is made out of shee oak. I really like the grain pattern in this wood.

This is redwood burl. You can kind of make out the burl look in the picture on the right. I turned this bowl to under 1/8th of an inch thick and as I started to re-chuck the bowl it cracked and I couldn't finish the bottom.

This is an ambrosia maple bowl. You can see two spots where the beetle has gone through.

This is purpleheart. You can really tell how much light adds to the color. Notice how brownish the bottom the bowl looks, this is because it hasn't seen as much light as the rest of the bowl.

This is one of my first bowls. Its made out of padauk. I like the little bit of sap wood that you can see on the lip.

Salt and Pepper Shakers

This is a banksia pod before it is turned.

This is what it looks like after it is turned. This process was a little more difficult than most woods that I have turned because of the natural voids. This is the first time that I have worked with voids. I had to hollow it out in order to put the salt and pepper shakers in it. Each of the natural voids that you see also cleaned out

More Christmas Ornaments

The ornament on the left is purpleheart in the middle and walnut on top and bottom. The middle ornament is birds eye maple with a kingwood top. The ornament on the right is purpleheart in the middle with figured maple on the top and bottom.

The ornament on the left is chakte viga in the middle with mesquite on top and bottom. The ornament on the right is walnut in the middle and cocobolo on top and bottom.

Christmas Ornaments

For my first post I'll show some of the new style of ornaments I have been making. I really like using two contrasting woods. Its fun to come up with different designs and see how they turn out.
In the picture above the ornament on the left is Padauk in the middle with Canary Wood on the top and bottom. The middle one is made of Birds Eye Maple with a Red Heart top. The ornament on the right is Cocobolo in the middle with Maple on the top and bottom.