Candy Dish

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Project by stefang posted 09-13-2009 09:58 PM 1861 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a piece I turned quite a few years ago. At the time I was a member of the turners group in a local hobby club here in Norway. An elderly member invited a few of us over to his place after the meeting to see his home workshop .

It was a very interesting visit. He had made his own bandsaw from plywood and also showed us how he finished the turned parts he was making for a special kind of American rocking chair. I think they’re called gliders in the U.S.
He had mounted an electric handrill on the headstock of his lathe. There was a steel rod chucked into the drill. The steel rod had a little rubber wheel on the end of it which was in contact with the lathe chuck. With the handrill running the rubber wheel drove the lathe chuck and thereby the spindle mounted in the lathe, but at a very slow speed. Much slower than the lathe could do on it’s own. When he applied a wet finish to the spindle it didn’t drip due to its constant revolving. I think some folks also use a similar technique for finishing their fishing rods. I thought it was a pretty smart idea, especially with all the spindles he had to finish!

Before we left, he invited us out to his wood storage shed and gave each of us a small cherry log about 5” diameter and about 15” long. He was a very kind man, and I really appreciated his gift, especially after I turned it into the little bowl pictured above and found such a beautiful grain. I hope you enjoy it too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-13-2009 10:01 PM

Hey Mike very sweet candy dish beautiful wood. Great Job bud.


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#2 posted 09-13-2009 10:39 PM

Jim “sweet dish” lol
Mike I really enjoy seeing your fine work.. I particularly enjoyed seeing the spectacular grain in the cherrry and glad to see you left the natural feature in. Having a story behind a piece makes for much more interesting reading.

-- Be safe.

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#3 posted 09-13-2009 11:46 PM

Very pretty wood and nice design.

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

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#4 posted 09-14-2009 02:12 AM

Wonderful story and a very nice piece. The wood has some nice grain and I really like the shape. The bead really adds to it too. I need to learn that.

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#5 posted 09-14-2009 02:15 AM

Great looking piece Mike.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#6 posted 09-14-2009 02:20 AM

Fantastic candy dish, and very interesting story to go with it. Great design and turning. Grain really POPS with that finish.

Keep it up.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#7 posted 09-14-2009 09:58 AM

Thanks everybody for the nice comments. My wife reminded me that we use the thing for nuts (mostly at Christmas) and NOT candy. I hope I don’t forget where my lathe is too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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