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Today, instead of working at work, as I should have been... I snuck into the workshop with dear husband and turned a way too tall hat stand from a lovely piece of honduran rosewood that was meant to be a pen blank.  I usually warm up with turning by turning two hat stands from a pen blank handpicked from the inventory of my local privately owned hardwoods store... and have collected bunches of blanks of exotic wood.  I experienced some obsessive - ness with my mini chair build and just have a couple more chairs to complete, but finding I lack the energy to finally finish and to finish; I suspect it is work that is the energy sap right now, but it takes priority at this time of the year.

I bought myself a set of new midsize Sorby tools and thought I would try them out today; I hope to do some faceplate turnings, and hopefully the additional single tools will work to hollow a vase.

I love this particular piece of Rosewood!  If I could make my staircase from this particular larger piece of rosewood, I would be the happiest miniaturist; the grain is so fine and in perfect scale of this hat stand.  I have already parted it off the lathe, when I accidentally broke the other 2nd stand  with the skew chisel, so this one is off the lathe and has been sanded and ready for a finish.  It is too tall though for a miniature hat stand, so I wonder if it can be incorporated in a turning for a stair, ie a newel post.  (normally I finish with on the lathe, but not today!)

Best wishes for a Safe Holiday!






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Yes, there are three of us reading the forum!  

Meezer Mama, no, I put a headshape at the top of it for a hat... but have great disc sander and can easily get rid of the sphere.  It isn't like I don't have two rulers and a pair of calipers on my table with my lathe... just turning with no concept of height for some unknown reason.  I think I was mesmerized by the luck of this beautiful wood grain.  I was imagining a vase, then the elements from WRR's Needlework stand and just free hand turning without a care in the world... then SCREECH, this is too tall for 1/12th scale.

It is just a too tall turning- if I cut the ball out, drill down the center, I could wire it for a light on a staircase - but my nagging brain says honduran rosewood and Cherry are two different species... and then the other side of brain says - getting hundred pieces of honduran rosewood pen stock with great grain, probably isn't going to happen....double drat on STILL not shopping in person.

Is anyone else out there in miniature land dreaming of things to make in 2021?

Now where is my phone...? 

Happy New Year!














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