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Thread: It's Curt's Fault

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM

    It's Curt's Fault

    I blame Curt Fuller for giving me the idea to make some bells. At about 5" tall, these are a bit too big for ornaments, but my sister (who plays in a hand bell choir) will enjoy getting one of them.

    They were made from cutoffs that were earmarked for bottle stoppers and pens. The bells are bubinga, and the handles are spalted maple and spalted cherry burl. The inside of each bell is contoured to match the outside. I still need to attach a little jingle bell to a gold cord on the inside, but I had the photo rig set up tonight so I went ahead and grabbed a couple shots. These showed me that I still have a lot to learn about spindle turning. (Although I'm getting better and better with the skew.) Finished with Myland's friction polish, then 3-wheel buffed.

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  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Neat. I have a bell in progress on the lathe now I'm making for my wife. She is a tinntinabulist. (bell collector)
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    DSM, IA
    Looks good Vaughn!
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Mason Michigan
    Very nice Vaughn!

    That Curt is a trouble maker!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Red Deer, Alberta, Canada
    No finger-pointing and giggling here. Those are absolutely gorgeous.

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Lakeport NY and/or the nearest hotel
    *finger pointing and oohing* (but in awe, not picking on you) I think you nailed it. No flaws from 3000 miles away! Nice job Vaughn, and go 'big' when you put the bell in, think Jingle bell, a tiny one just wouldn't do them justice.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    Fort Worth, Texas
    These are great, Vaughn! No giggling going on here (other than at Ned's avatar), only "oooohing".
    I may be lost but I'm making good time!
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  8. #8
    Join Date
    Dec 2006
    Goodland, Kansas
    Great looking bells Vaughn. Well done.
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  9. #9
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Smithville, TX
    Their pretty... but can they ring.
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