Lola's Baby Doll Cradle

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Project by Joe posted 06-21-2018 12:00 AM 1120 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My granddaughter Lola’s Baby Doll Cradle. I didn’t know one end of a lathe from another when I started turning. I’m not sure I know much more than that now, but anyway I asked Sunny Hardin who lived over in the next county to teach me the basics of turning. Sunny was a wonderful teacher, patient, caring, kind, and a master turner. Once a week we would get together in his shop and work on beginning skills. We made some pens and bowls and spindles all through the fall. He would teach and I would make mistakes, he would say “keep trying”. A few weeks after Thanksgiving I bought a Nova lathe. Sunny came up to my house and helped me set it up. I was excited, he taught me how to make snowmen. Showed me how to use my new chuck. Christmas came along and he told me all about his holiday plans, lots of time with his family. Said call him after the first of the year and we’d get together. So I did, his wife answered, and I said ‘how was Christmas’, she said “Awful, Sunny had a heart attack and died, he was 83’. The cradle was a joint project that Sunny had begun and I finished. Sunny was a great guy, his passion was teaching kids and adults woodturning. My lathe sat idle for a long time, it just wasn’t the same. Last fall I finally started making wands and snowmen again for family and friends. I still can’t use a skew worth a darn, and I’m not a much of a turner, but when I stand at the lathe I feel his presence inspiring me to keep trying, keep trying. And that’s a lesson learned for all of us, KEEP TRYING…

Thanks for inspiring

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

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#1 posted 06-21-2018 01:24 AM

Great story Joe. I’m sure Sonny is proud of the cradle you two built together. Thanks for sharing. It looks perfect!

-- MAO (Indiana)

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#2 posted 06-21-2018 02:12 AM

Very Nice and Very Well Done Joe!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#3 posted 06-21-2018 02:12 AM

Very touching account of you relationship to Sunny. Good friends are such a great blessing, when separation comes it is often Very hard to deal with. Healing is slow but good memories are ever lasting. As I look at the Cradle you made it is a work of art that I am sure Sunny would most prosed of. Sorry for your loss cherish the memories God loves you..

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 06-21-2018 05:00 AM

Joe, this is a great cradle and you told us a great story. Thanks for sharing both. Glad you have started turning again. You could add a link to the snowmen you made. See you soon.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 06-21-2018 07:26 AM

Realy beautiful turned parts of the fence and stand.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 06-21-2018 01:23 PM

This is a beautiful doll cradle and so nicely done. It shows a lot of nice craftsmanship.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 06-21-2018 09:09 PM

Nice project and excellent work.. I made one 30+ years ago for my sisters first.

-- Petey

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