Making Realistic Flowers on a Lathe

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Blog entry by Sir_Robert posted 09-14-2008 04:52 PM 8763 reads 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch


Check out this demo on youtube:

The fellow has an old treddle lathe that spins about 200 rpm. He creates these spectacular wooden flowers out of 1/2-inch diameter hazelnut sun shoots. Unfortunately in my neck of the woods (southeastern Michigan) hazelnuts are not common, so I’m in the process of drying out some lilac shoots instead. I’ll report on success or lack thereof in a few months. If you are in a region that has hazelnut trees, maybe we can work out a deal for you to send me some branches.

Sir Robert

-- Sir Robert

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 09-14-2008 05:28 PM

Hi Sir Robert;

I have used this technique, more by accident than by design, but I am very impressed with your skew chisel,

as it is extremely well designed.

I given up on turning the flowers as I can’t seem to get them to grow, no matter what I try. lol


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#2 posted 09-14-2008 06:07 PM

I am impressed with the ease that he made the flower. I still have never once used a skew without it catching.

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#3 posted 09-14-2008 11:07 PM

A treddle lathe. No wonder that guy is skinny. Thats a great video on technique Sir Robert. Thanks for sharing.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 09-15-2008 03:44 AM

aw he’s probably got a midget jumping up and down on it. i did watch the video, he’s got it down, doesn’t he.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 09-16-2008 02:28 PM

I thought it was great.

He did make me nervous with the lathe spinning and him leaning on it with long sleeves. For a minute I thought I was going to see an arm flower!

I can’t imagine having to pay close attention to what I was turning as not to mess it up, or hurt myself , but have to work to make the lathe turn.

He not only makes wood flowers but also the tool to make them.


-- Kirk H. --

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#6 posted 09-26-2008 11:31 PM

Cool, Never saw that technique before

Thanks for sharing

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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