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    Staved ornament

    This was my first attempt at making something 'staved'. It was just some very plain Chinese Elm, 12 staves. I dyed it blue with some Artisan dye thinking it would soak into the wood more than it did. But all it did was color the seams. The finial and icicle are African blackwood. 1.75" X 6" with deft spray lacquer.

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    Nice idea, Curt. I see all sorts of possibilities from that basic concept.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Curt Fuller View Post
    I dyed it blue with some Artisan dye thinking it would soak into the wood more than it did. But all it did was color the seams.
    Curt,

    It turned out to be a very happy lack of a result I think!! The lines showing the segments are a great feature!!

    Very Nice!!

    cheers eh?

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    Curt, I actually turned my first ornament last week so I have an interest in what you have done here. I am assuming you cut the staved segments with a table saw and then glued them together. After that I guess you hollowed the bulb out? How thin did you get the staved bulb? On my first one I got it down to less than 1/8" pretty well except for one end which is closer to a 1/4".

    I think this is attractive and opens all kind of possiblilities for new ornament ideas. Good work!
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    I get mine to around 1/8" Mike. I try to keep them as light possible

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    Ron, I figured they need to be as light as possible but how do you measure the thickness of the end where you have it mounted? The end where I am working from is easy to measure and so is most of the body of the ornament but the far end, if you know what I mean, is difficult to measure with the tools I have available. Any suggestions?
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    How's this?
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    So when they are parallel the measurements on both ends are the same, huh?

    Ingenious solution. I will try that with my next ornament. Looks like something I can afford too.
    I may be getting a little older physically but mentally I'm still tarp as a shack.

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    I really like it Curt! I did a staved top to a treasure chest and that was enough for me.

    I always like your ideas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mike Stafford View Post
    Curt, I actually turned my first ornament last week so I have an interest in what you have done here. I am assuming you cut the staved segments with a table saw and then glued them together. After that I guess you hollowed the bulb out? How thin did you get the staved bulb? On my first one I got it down to less than 1/8" pretty well except for one end which is closer to a 1/4".
    Thanks everyone!

    Mike, I cut one long piece with a 15 degree bevel on each side from a 4/4 board and then cut it into 2" long segments making 12 staves. After it was glued I held it in my Talon chuck, drilled a 3/4" hole through it and hollowed out the center. Then like all my ball type ornaments, I use two cones on a pen mandrel to center the ball and shape the outside. I get them to around 1/4" to 1/8" thick to lighten them up but I don't dwell on exact thickness because once the finial and icicle is glued in you never see the center again.
    I've found the cones on the pen mandrel work pretty good to hold the ball while you turn and sand it and you can even apply friction polish if you want.
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