Pearwood Nostepinne

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Project by DocHamm posted 01-13-2011 09:07 PM 4123 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I turned this Nostepinne from a piece of pearwood I received from the friend of a neighbor. He had a 150 year old pear tree on his front lawn that his wife had been begging him to cut down for years. Finally in 2008 he cut it down, which was probably a good thing, as he found much of the inside of the tree had rotted out. He kindly let me have my pick of wood from it and this was the first piece I turned.

I made this one thicker than most Nostepinnes I see because I find the thinner ones cause hand-cramps. My mother, still going strong in her eighties, says holding thinner objects (pens, knitting needles, etc.) is uncomfortable and aggravates her arthritis. With this pinne, she has no problems, but I make sure she is not holding it when she is angry with me. ;)

A “Nostepinne” or “nostepinde” is a Scandinavian word that means “nest-stick.” It is a tool used to wind a center-pull yarn ball. A nostepinne is portable, easy to use, and creates a center-pull ball that can be used without changing the twist in the yarn.

This is my first posted project, so hopefully it came out alright!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#1 posted 01-13-2011 10:37 PM

Nice work, Doc. Who dey!!

-- there's someone in my head but it's not me...

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#2 posted 01-13-2011 11:43 PM

Nice work Doc and welcome to LJ. I hope you enjoy it. I have a large sack filled with pear wood that I got almost 30 years ago when my brother-in-law cut his pear tree down. It should be good and dry now, lol. I guess I should turn some of soon. It is stored in my garage loft, and almost forgot about until I read your post.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-13-2011 11:54 PM

Hairy .. Thanks. I’m giving it my best. I made this off-the-cuff so to speak. Threw a chunk on the lathe and let me hands just go at it. I’m happy with the results other than it lost some of it’s pink glow.

Stefang .. Thanks. Unfortunately a good portion of my pear has started to rot. Guess beacuse the tree was already rotting when it was cut down, it was inevitable it would spread. I may not have preped/stored it right, but my turning buddies all said it looked fine. I still have some but mostly smaller pieces. I plan on using/re-cutting what I have left this spring. It’s really nice to work with and not too hard to carve either. I look forward to seeing what you make of yours. If you’ve not got enough for an entire project, use it as embellishment. It’s really pretty stuff.

Thanks for the looks and comments!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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#4 posted 01-13-2011 11:58 PM

It’s really pretty wood that I know nothing of. I was similarly gifted a cash of dogwood that it reminds me of. I’m going to build my own nost….you know what I mean!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 01-14-2012 04:57 AM

I think you did a beautiful job. Look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#6 posted 01-21-2012 08:54 AM

Thanks for all the great comments. I’ve been slow to get more projrcts up but plan to this year. Happy New Year all!

-- "The Noblest Art is that of making others happy." ~ P.T. Barnum

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