Snow Skying Snowman & Friends

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Project by Joe posted 03-03-2018 03:17 AM 625 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife found some branch wood down by the creek late this summer. She drug them up and laid them on the sunny side of the house. She was thinking the grandchildren would build something with them. All fall they laid their waiting to be transformed. So I brought a 5’ long branch into the shop and it just laid their. Until I finally cut it up into smaller pieces just to get it out of my way, always thinking what can I make of this. One cold November day I did, a lathe project “Snowmen for my 7 grandchildren”. I’ll make 7 of them.

I have no idea what the wood was, I just called it branch wood. I have a very basic Nova lathe and little skill using it. The first few tries didn’t resemble anything but left lots of shavings on the basement floor, but after awhile the branch wood began to take shape. I got the simple body form down, then added a hat, then a different hats, then different body shapes, snow woman with Ky derby hats, even a few ballerina snow girls. Once I got the hang of turning snowmen it was hard to quite. My wife didn’t mind she just saw Christmas gifts for everyone. So I made a bunch, the turning turned out to be the easy part.

I could give you the details of how I used different Sharpies to color hats and white paint for snow and glitter to sparkle them up. Tooth picks for sky poles and skies and sleds cut on the bandsaw, but you artist have forgotten more about making lovely things than Ill every know.

Thanks for stoping by and keep making the wonderful things you do to inspire me.

Take Care, Joe

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#1 posted 03-03-2018 05:15 PM

And the Gold Medal in Downhill Freestyle Lathe Operation goes to…
Great job, and I believe the appropriate name for the wood is FOG Wood – as in Found On the Ground Wood. (I learned that from a fellow Lumberjock).

Thanks for sharing,

-- Leafherder

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#2 posted 03-03-2018 10:01 PM

Nice work and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 03-03-2018 10:14 PM

Wow! Nice invasion of the snowmen and snowwoman!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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