Bangle - Tamarisk Burl over Copper

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Project by JR_Dog posted 04-04-2013 01:30 AM 4093 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything so I thought I’d show you all what I’ve been working on lately. I’ve ventured into the world of turning and love it. I have been communicating with Eric Goertz (TheBangleGuy) over the past few weeks and at the same time purchasing the necessary tools to make this Bangle. If any of you have worked with Eric you’ll know what I’m talking about, or if you haven’t you’re missing out. He’s a top notch guy with a great product(s), his instructional vids and information on his web site are very informative and helpful and he’s willing to help you though any aspect of building these.

I have been turning for about 3 weeks now on a mini lathe with a Teknitool SuperNova2 chuck and this is my first accomplishment. Did I make mistakes… ABSOLUTELY… but sticking to it and practicing large amounts of patience resulted in a beautiful piece of jewelry. I intend on continuing down this road and hopefully will have more to post soon.

This is a size 7.5 Copper Core/Insert with a stabilized Tamarisk or (Salt Cedar) burl wood blank; both purchased from TheBangleGuy.

*I also wanted to give a shout out to Capt. Eddie Castelin since without the carbide cutters I purchase from him I doubt I would have been able to make this as nice as it is the first time around – he’s another real nice and helpful guy to work with – Thanks Capt.! (

Hope you all are doing well… and oh by the way for all those LumberJocks out there that I haven’t commented on projects for, both buddies and those I don’t know, let me just tell you the caliber of work on this web site is amazing. I spend most of my time with my jaw dropped in awe of what you all are creating. Having said that I make this entry humbly and hopefully worthy to post next to the stellar projects I see everyday.

Thank you,

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#1 posted 04-04-2013 02:03 AM

Beautiful bangle. Hats off to you.

-- I never finish anyth

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#2 posted 04-04-2013 03:06 AM

Nice Piece!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 04-04-2013 03:22 AM

Looks good!

Makes me want to assemble my “new to me” JET 1242 lathe!
Thanks for sharing & the motivation!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#4 posted 04-04-2013 03:31 AM

Man, that is awesome, absolutely outstanding for a first effort. If it isn’t perfect, it certainly doesn’t show.

Congratulations and well done on a beautiful bangle.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 04-04-2013 09:45 AM

Great looking bangle!

I’ll second what great guy Capt. Eddie is.


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#6 posted 04-04-2013 09:48 AM

This is really a quietly spectacular piece of jewelry. You made the wood really sing with this bangle, and the workmanship does the piece proud.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 04-04-2013 12:06 PM

Thank you everyone! I really appreciate the feedback.

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#8 posted 04-08-2013 01:34 PM

Gorgeous piece of jewelry! The beautiful wood just sparkles with the copper. Impressive!

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#9 posted 04-08-2013 02:22 PM

Thanks Fishinbo; I really appreciate your opinion. I had a great time making this and hope to make more in the very near future.

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#11 posted 11-16-2013 05:09 AM

I think I know what the women in my family are getting for gifts in the near future. lol

-- "Carpenters get wood every day!"

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#12 posted 11-16-2013 05:30 AM

JR, may I ask how many you have sold?

-- "Carpenters get wood every day!"

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