Ballet Bows - Diane and Acteon

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Project by gdoherty posted 01-04-2018 06:20 PM 1632 views 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Made these for a friend for their ballet company. These are wooden bows made from Ash, 14” long and 1” in diameter at the handle, tapering to the ends. They are painted gold and finished with spar urethane. It was fun to watch these bows being put to good use on a stage, and also to see them survive being thrown and skipped against the ground at one point!

These bows, aside from being cut out on the bandsaw initially, were shaped entirely by hand and eye using a spokeshave, rasp and sandpaper. The last image shows how well balanced they are just through visual observation (I didn’t test in-between to be sure!).

Image 1: finished product
Image 2: before being cut on the bandsaw
Image 3: rough shaping with spokeshave and rasp
Image 4: stages of the bows: bandsaw cut, rough shaping, final product with color
Image 5: intermediate stages again
Image 6: balance demonstration

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#1 posted 01-05-2018 07:48 AM

Looks like three snakes that have invaded your spare bedroom!

It would be interesting to see just what they do with them!

Nice work!

Have a look at Murrays workshop if you get a moment if you thought your bedroom was unusual.!

-- Regards Rob

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