Turning at its simplest

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These night-light / candle holders are so quick and easy and yet they make most acceptable gifts. Yew branchwood was the starting point, but turned ‘the wrong way’ to show the annual rings at their best. I just used a screw chuck and made the holes with a Forstner bit. They’ve shown very slight cracking since I brought them indoors, but that’s Mother Nature adding to the sculpture!!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 12-04-2007 08:51 PM


These are very beautiful. They will make a treasured gift to those who receive them.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#2 posted 12-04-2007 09:00 PM

Simple? Maybe. But showing the growth rings this way is a stroke of genius in my opinion. Beautiful!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 12-04-2007 09:05 PM

A simple turn reveals a hidden beauty. Someday I’m going to have to start turning, talk about beautiful stuff.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 12-04-2007 09:32 PM

Well Stewart,

I do like a nice turning. This qualifies. The problem with many projects is that they seam to be lost in the clutter of complexity and detail. Something few can actually pull off. A candle holder turned from a branch? You might just be a genius.


-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 12-04-2007 09:54 PM

Stewart, those candleholders are simply elegant. The showing of the growth rings like that is stunninng. Well done!

PS—Did you get to MIMF yet?

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#6 posted 12-04-2007 10:31 PM

nice gift, I have to get some time in the shop soon or I may forget what little I learned on turning.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#7 posted 12-04-2007 10:47 PM

Mr. Stewart, may I add, your rendition of candle holders put mine to shame, they are very nicely done and what in the hell is MIMF? mike

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

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#8 posted 12-04-2007 11:38 PM


MIMF is an acronym for Musical Instrument Makers Forum. It’s a Luthier thing, very similar to LJ, but mostly guitars, ukes, banjos, etc.

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#9 posted 12-04-2007 11:48 PM

These are beautiful, what an idea the same yet different.

-- Andy

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Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 12-05-2007 02:05 AM

Good idea for presents, nice work!

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 12-05-2007 02:37 AM

Nice work Stew. They will make great presents.

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

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#12 posted 12-05-2007 02:46 AM

Very simple but something someone might use for 50 years. Nice job Stewart.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Douglas Bordner

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#13 posted 12-05-2007 07:58 AM

Now no piece of downed lumber will escape my scrutiny. Thanks Stewart (I think). Beautiful work.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 12-06-2007 12:17 AM

wow looks like a lot more art than wood stewart . exellent job

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#15 posted 12-07-2007 03:38 AM

I like ‘em Stewart!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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