These little guys gives you a great place to put those sweet little weeds your child gives you.
I saw these at a few craft shows. They are basically miniature vases. Instead of being hollowed out, they are simply drilled.
Simple to make, these are great gifts. And great for getting rid of those cut-offs you have been hanging on to.
I made three this afternoon. one walnut, one ash and one chestnut.
Step 1: Prepare and Mount the Blank to Your Lathe
First, find your block of scrap/cut-off that is suitable for the size of weed pot you are going for. These can be as tiny as a shot glass, or as large as a beer bottle I suppose.
In this particular case, I had a piece of fallen Ash tree I was hanging onto for some time now. It dried nicely and didn't really split anywhere. Using my band-saw I cut a couple flats on it that were somewhat parallel to one-another. It doesn't have to be perfect. Just get it as close as you can. The two flats are going to take the drive spur and live center and I will form a tenon for the chuck to clamp onto. At the same time, I will rough it to round and decide which end to be the base of the weed pot.
Once you have a good tenon formed and rough rounded, you can remove the drive spur and attach it to your chuck. I still slide the tail-stock up to give it more support during the shaping procedure.