I have a lot of wood to clean up from cutting down an Atlas Cedar in my back yard.
For this project, I’m using a whole section of limb for a small but deep natural edge bowl. This small bowl is about 6 inches long by 4 inches wide by 3 inches deep. I tried to finish it with walnut oil but the bowl was so wet, no oil would stick. I’ll let it dry 3-4 weeks then re-sand and finish it.
To wind up the Christmas season, peace on earth seems to be further away than in year’s past. I hope this ornament can symbolize a quest for peace on earth as well as a reminder of Jesus Christ for those who believe in Him.
May we have more tolerance for others and work toward peace on earth.
This star is maple with a background of red oak.
At last, we’re announcing the results for this year’s challenge. The response has been amazing — Thank you all.
Congratulations to our finalists.
Everyone for whom we have an email address will also receive a certificate for their participation.
I want to add another simple ornament to this year’s Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge. This is an acorn made from walnut and elm. It is very light since I hollowed the inside. It is about 1″ in diameter an over 1 inch long.
My acorn is finished with shellac friction polish.
This year I really wanted to make this ornament, a maple globe with orbiting padauk resembling a molecule or, in a stretch, a planet with moons.
This one was fun. I started with 5 segmented rings of 12 segments each: 4 maple and 1 padauk. Then I sliced the padauk into 6 slices but only used 5 of the slices. At this point my segment count is 108. But wait there’s more.
After gluing into a ball, I sliced the ball 4 times and inserted one thin slicke of padauk each time, gluing it back into a ball each time. How many pieces of wood now? who knows. I’ve not counted. Finially add one more piece for the finial.
The ornament is finished with shellac friction polish.
This ornament displays a sputnik sea urchin shell on finials of walnut and a tropic hardwood.
The sea urchin shell is prepared by coating the insides with white glue and sanding the holes perfectly round.
The finials are finished with shellac friction polish.
This ornament is part of the 2014 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge.
So, this inside-out ornament is a three sided ornament which presents a little more of a challenge because the stave angles are different and harder to get right.
This is made from three pieces of walnut ripped at 60 and 120 degrees. They are temporarily fastened together while turning the inside cavity. With that cavity finished, the staves are taken apart, rotated and permanently glued back together again.
Then the exterior is turned.
The challenge becomes how to turn the thin sides that become sharp and dangerous.
This ornament is finished with friction polish. The tree inside the ornament is maple. The bottom finial is a tropic pen blank.