A handle for a woodturning iron.

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Project by koraile posted 02-16-2014 02:59 PM 2135 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This handle i made as a gift for my father at his 60 years birthday.

Some Winters we woodturned a lott me and my father, i remember one Winter we made candleholders, Nice ones that got painted in the old farmstyle, to have on the table. They where made of pine and we made the foot and the pillar in 2 parts. That Winter we must have turned 4000-5000 thousand of them, it was a big order, and With speed it usualy pays of on woodturning. I turned the pillar in 1,30 min, my father turned the foot in 1,15 min. That was sanded and ready to be painted. And it was so Cold in the basement we had to use gloves and jackets wile turning :)

Today my father still turns, but more for his own enjoyment. I wanted to make him something special, we rarely have time to make something for eatchother, we are so bussy making Things for others. And since he still loves woodturning, i wanted to make him a Nice handle for his favorite turning iron.

Its made from silver Birch and i think it was a sort of nutt tree, i cant remember the type, but its a hard one, to Balance the flexibility of the silver Birch, so the handle is flexible but stable and wont break. Also when cut-turning you always lay the iron on the side, on this handle it means it will slide on the hardwood, Witch can handle the pressure without getting marks better that the softer Birch.

The way i made it was turning the Birch piece a bit bigger than it is, then splitting out a pice of the middle to get that oval shape to fitt the hand well. I glue in the hard piece of Wood and sand Down the sides to a Nice oval shape.

The silver ring is made by a freind of mine, i thought first i had done this one myself, but that was another one. Shes a experienced silversmith and do take orders for details on other craftsmens work. like details i need for Projects somethimes, shes freindly and wery Nice to work With so i can recomend her if you need handmade silverdetails for Your work. She have sensible prices to. But on the next Project With silverwork i think il give it a try, its not so different from woodcarving realy.

The pattern is a interesting combination of a chipcarvingstyle i have made myself inspiered from som old styles , one Norwegian and one marroccoan(i wrote more abouth that in the blogg abouth the chipcarved plate)

Another aspect of this carving is that i have combined this style With a old way to make patterns called “coal roses” where i use a scalpel like thin knife to make lines that i fill With coaldust, then seal With bee wax. I was particulary happy With the design on the bakside, witch is my fathers initials. The styles blended wery well there.

Hope you enjoy it :) I enjoyed making it.

-- Bard son of iver

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#2 posted 02-16-2014 04:10 PM

What a great gift, very nice, i would love to see more of your work!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#3 posted 02-16-2014 07:35 PM

Thank you wery mutch! I got some more blogg posts and Projects on the way:) In a week or so il start a blogg abouth making a stavchurch portal from scratc, it will take many months to finish, so it will be a blogg in several stepps i think.

-- Bard son of iver

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 05:14 PM

That’s a some really beautiful carving. Must take a ton of control.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#5 posted 02-18-2014 12:22 AM

yr photography skills match.

stunning skills, that embrace true talent

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#6 posted 02-18-2014 09:53 AM


I must admitt that i havent taken all the photos myself, its my childhood friend that grew up on the nabor farm that have taken them for me, he is starting to get a good eye for carvings, i assume hes been to mutch around me. So all the pics With a signature in the lower right corner is taken by him. I do like to Experiment With the camera to, so the rest of the pics i have taken myself.

-- Bard son of iver

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 03:09 PM

That’s one fancy tool, great carving on that intricate design. I’m sure he loves it. Great work!

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