I do not know the pen blank wood – this wood was part of a “exotic tropical wood” pen blank Black Friday sale a couple of years ago. However, I did use Padauk in between each pen blank.
The tropical wood is quite soft and tears out from end grain very easily. This ornament is finished with Mylands Friction Polish.
To finish turning the exterior of my cylinder, I needed to customize a chuck to hold and center the hollow wood. The chuck is a threaded wood faceplate with a t-nut to receive a bolt from the other side. Small adapters turned from cedar center the cylinder. Check out my video of February 2013 for how to make threaded wood faceplates. I use them all the time.
Walnut discs form the drum heads.
The drum is for the Little Drummer boy who beats his drum for the baby Jesus.
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