About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 112 posts from scratch.

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A Segmented Solar Spring Flower

Dancing Spring FlowerIt has been a tough winter for many people; and spring is having a tough time getting underway.

Let’s help it along with a solar powered dancing flower. The flower mechanism is purchased at a local dollar store. The project is to turn a nice wood cup to hide the awful plastic.

I grabbed a hunk of segmented wood from another project and went to work. The wood could have been anything and almost any orientation.

Mine is 24 segments of oak finished with beeswax and mineral oil.


Disaster Strikes Woodturning A Segmented Bowl

Segmented Oak BowlI had grand plans for this project: a shallow bowl on a pedestal — the pedestal having a hidden chamber.

But things did not go my way. One thing after another and this project turned into a salvage operation.

In the end I have a 56 segment oak bowl that looks great — until you see the off center rings.

Oh well.


An Analog Clock In A Digital World

Clock For Counter TopDo you need a reminder what clock-wise and counter clock-wise mean? How about a nice desk or counter top analog clock?

The thought also struck me that segmented woodturning relates to solid woodturning as digital relates to analog. What do you think?

This clock consists of 3 red oak segment rings, a walnut plug and a cherry spindle; all finished with beeswax and mineral oil mix.

The movement came from a local wood crafting store and are available in numerous catalog sources.


Collapsible Baton For Musicians

Music Director's Baton

I leveraged my experience with magic wands to make this collapsible music baton for my daughter in law.

This baton takes it to the next level. A baton need to be the same length as the distance from the director’s inner elbow to the director’s fingertips. For her, this is 14.5 inches. I also made this baton collapsible so it can be put in a large bag or purse.

It’s interesting and fulfilling to leverage other projects in a new way.


Segmented Woodturning – Case For Reading Glasses

Eye Glasses CaseSometimes I need reading glasses, but they’re never where I need them. Sometimes they get squashed, bent and otherwise mangled.

Here’s a solution – a beautiful case. Make as many as you want to have one with a pair of reading glasses anywhere you may need one.

This case consists of 11 rings: 10 of maple and padauk and one of only padauk. Each maple and padauk ring has 16 segments. Add in the end plugs for a total segment count of 170 pieces. It is finished with my mix of beeswax and mineral oil.

Now I can see.