I'm a relatively new turner. One day my daughter walks by my lathe and say in a passing manner, you should make a gavel. I say yes, that would be interesting - bit I never get around to it.
One day I'm driving with LOML and she says - are you making the gavel for our daughter yet? I say she's mentioned it but it didn't seem that important.
Then the back story comes out. Her class is doing a Model United Nations in World History and apparently they do not have a gavel. That changes everything.
I went out to the garage and found a piece of 2-1/2" stock I picked up from Allen Levine this spring and turned the head. It's pretty rough but I had fun doing it. It was the first time I used my chuck on a project so it was interesting.
I then turned the handle and attached it. I buggerred up the recess for the handle as I was doing it by hand - I was in a hurry and couldn't/wouldn't do it another way.
I think the handle is too short but AOME (the apple of my eye - my daughter) thinks it's fine.
The finish is really too rough but it's going to school tomorrow!