Wood Turnings





Introduction: Wood Turnings

I have been working with wood since I was Eleven years old. I started using a lathe when I was fourteen and the pictures above are of some of the turnings I have made.  

Spalted Maple Goblet-
The first two pictures are of a Captive Ring Goblet made from Spalted Maple. The Captive ring is around the stem of the goblet and it can not slip off of the goblet. The ring is made from one piece of wood (has not been cut then glue back together). It was turned from the same piece of wood as the goblet.  It is finished with shellawax.

Walnut Bowl-
While on a trip in Oregon, I went to a couple places to buy some wood. I bought a piece of walnut for $10 and made two bowls out of it. The third and fourth picture is one of the bowls made from that piece of wood. It is finished in high gloss polyurethane spray.

Cocobolo Saucer-
This was made from a scrap of cocobolo I had laying around. It has a 2 1/2 inch diameter and is 1/4 inch thick. It does not have a finish.

Cocobolo Bowl-
The Cocobolo Saucer was apart of this piece. It is a bowl with a small opening in the top. It does not have a finish.

Walnut Castle Bottle Stopper-
This bottle stopper is made from Walnut. It has a poplar dowel in the center of the cork stopper and in the Walnut castle. The shape of the castle was turned and then it was cut on the scroll saw in order to create the pattern at the top. The top is finished with High gloss Polyurethane spray and the cork is left natural in order to keep from ruining any wine.

Myrtlewood Bottle Stopper-
Another piece of wood that I bought while on vacation in Oregon. It has a poplar dowel down the center of the cork stopper and Myrtlewood handle. The top is finished with High gloss Polyurethane spray and the cork is left natural in order to keep from ruining any wine.

Walnut candle Stick-
This candle stick is made from three pieces of walnut. The bottom saucer is made from one piece of walnut and it is glued to the top. There is a small piece of poplar dowel in the center of both pieces in order to strengthen the entire piece. The finger ring was cut off the top with a parting tool after it was hollowed a little for the candle. The notch in the saucer for the ring was cut with a jewelers style saw. It was glued and secured to the saucer using tiny brass nails.  It is finished with High Gloss Polyurethane spray.



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    how do your get your captive ring to look so amazing?
    mine always turn out to be wedge shaped towards the inside

    That Captive Ring was actually my first try at it. I used the Captive ring tool that you can get from some places like Rockler or Woodcraft in order to create it.

    Ok thanks
    keep up the good work.

    first off, these are great! I had one question, is the high gloss polyurethane spray used on the second piece food safe? I need to seal a drinking horn but I didn't want to use bees wax.

    I would not use high gloss polyurethane on something that will need to be food safe. You can get salad bowl finish from Rockler and Woodcraft so that your wooden items are food safe.

    what type of wood did you use

    If you read the info under the pictures, it states the types of wood that I used.


    I like the candle stick/holder. It's a very original idea!

    Yes. I agree totally with you.

    Thank you for your Instructable. It reminds me of a man I met in Germany. He owned three lathes and taught woodworking. (He has since died.) He showed me a set of curved chisels he bought for turning Chinese balls (see the attached photo from the site linked), and he showed me the set of balls he had turned. Here is an Instructable that concerns something a bit unusual, but very practical that I did with my lathe and a Dremel.