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Gerrybhoy01/04/2013 14:41:38
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Having been away from the lathe for an extended time, I've got a stockpile of wood and need ideas what to turn. Most of it is Yew in various sizes, a fair amount of Birch & a few blanks of Sycamore. Along with that I've a small amount of Cherry, Laburnum & Sapele all in smaller blanks/spindles. Any ideas to get some practice in before I start for real again would be appreciated. Gerry

Les Hetherington01/04/2013 18:05:36
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Youy could do a few pot pourri if you have the metal inserts Gerry, or just do a few small coin bowls to get back in to turning mate. All the best Les

Gerrybhoy01/04/2013 21:19:12
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Thanks Les. Don't have any inserts but I'm thinking coin bowls are a good idea. Cheers mate. Gerry

Simon Reeves03/04/2013 16:19:45
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Depends on how confident you're feeling and how well mended you are now, but if you have some small spindles, how about something small but challenging, like lace bobbins? You could also have a go at some pens. For something simple, Yew makes good looking light pulls and tea light holders. How about some small boxes, with or without lids using the same/different timbers?

I've also seen a really simple stem/specimen vase made from Laburnum (basically just a pleasing shape with a hole down the middle). The point of it was that the finish was second to none, supposedly straight off the lathe, but you could hardly see any tool marks.


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