In keeping with tradition, here are a selection of photos of things I made as Christmas presents this year, starting with the ornaments…
Bird Feeder Ornament, feeding those hungry birds in the winter! Wood is native Holly. Design inspired by work done by Frank Penta.
Bird is nesting inside and, of course, that IS a Christmas Tree inside the top of the Pagoda roof.
Look closely, you can see the bird nesting inside.
Next, the ‘usual’ collection of gifts…
Box to keep Finley’s Things. Sides are Ash, top is Wenge with Holly Inlay.
Front Corner showing grain matching.
Back corner showing grain matching.
Lift the lid and you’ll find Walnut lining with a surprise! Random tracks from an SD card will play every time the lid is opened. Currently the tracks are recorded animal and insect sounds.
The liner is removable including the false bottom.
With the false bottom removed, the custom electronics, including the SD card, is accessible. Note the wireless Charging circuit on the left side. This will keep the battery charged without wires when the box is placed on its stand.
For Kerry, I made a large, shallow bowl I’ve been wanting to make for some time. I had to wait until I had refined my Woodturning skills enough to have the confidence to take it on. I’m pleased with the result:
Large Bowl for Kerry
Showing back side of bowl after buffing.
Here’s the bowl right after turning the bottom first. Note texturing inside the foot.
Bowl right after turning the inside. Freshly oiled with Walnut Oil, it will need to cure for a few days before final buffing.
Bowl Rim detail.
Bowl Lamination Detail. The woods are Cherry, Purple Heart, and Walnut with dyed veneers between the layers.
Finally, here is how you deal with overly long handles on your turning tools. I couldn’t get enough sweep with the original handle to turn the inside of Kerry’s bowl. Solution? Cut it off! I’ve since replaced the wooden handle with an adjustable Aluminum handle. Much better!
and have to make some Yard Art!
Yard art for Kate & Paul’s place.
Some yard art I made for Clare and Finley’s house.