Weekend turnings / Beads of Courage

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Project by RichBolduc posted 03-09-2020 03:16 PM 767 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I actually got some shop time in on the lathe this weekend and was able to finish my Beads of Courage submission. For those not familiar, go to . It’s an organization that donates crafted items to kids going through various treatments. When they receive a treatment, they get a bead. Some people make containers to put the beads in (turners, wood workers, potters, etc) while some make the beads.

My turning club has a member that makes several lidded containers a years for them, so we as a club decided to do a club project of them. The club purchased several 6×6x8 blanks for us and told us to have fun. Mine was spalted tulip poplar. I decided to dye the wood blue and then make an ash base and top which I stained “ebony” and wiped off quickly so you could still see the ash in it. Overall I’m pretty happy since it’s my first lidded container and it’s going to a good cause. I may have done the lid shape a little different, but it’s not overly bad. I then hollowed out a spot on the lid to hold a bead from the organization.

Once that was done, I got to finish 2 other pieces I had previously started, but needed to tweak a little, sand and refinish. The first is spalted hickory and the other is rosewood. Both are sanded to 360 grit then hit with some Yorkshire Grit and then given a carbuna treatment.

These were all roughed out wit Dave’s carbides (KelleyCrafts) and finishing cuts with Carter and Son. for the hollowing, I used Hunter Tools carbides.


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#1 posted 03-09-2020 03:21 PM

simply beautiful Rich …and such a VERY GR8 CAUSE GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 03-09-2020 03:40 PM

I really like the way the stain combination looks. The spalted hickory and rosewood look pretty sweet too. Counting down the time until I get a lathe and can try my hand at turning.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-09-2020 04:31 PM

Nice work, Rich. Also like the stain effect.

-- WWBBJ: It is better to be interesting and wrong, than boring and right.

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#4 posted 03-09-2020 06:10 PM

Awesome Rich! The dyed/stained woods look really nice together in the lidded box. Some kid is going to love it! Kudos for a job well done for a worthy cause :-) Also, I believe you have my address for the Rosewood bowl. Dang that’s sexy!

-- I collect hobbies. There is no sense in limiting yourself (Don W) - - - - - - - - Kenny in SW VA

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#5 posted 03-09-2020 09:33 PM

Really gorgeous Rich!

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#6 posted 03-12-2020 02:21 AM

Looks great, I’m looking into signing up for Beads of Courage to donate

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