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Turning It Over To My Son

Turning It Over To My Son

It was another great week spent woodturning, this time with my son. He got a chance to come home last week and this gave us the opportunity for a bit more shop time. Instead of making boxes and jigs like we did last time, he wanted to try his hand at the lathe. I was happy to oblige. 🙂

Now, this isn’t just a proud father speaking (well, really it is 🙂 ) but he took to turning like a duck to water. It’s fascinating how quickly the young can adapt to new things. With very little instruction he was well on his way. It really p**sed me off! LOL! Seriously, we had a wonderful time and he did a great job.

Wooden Treenware

Over the week, in between visits with family and friends, a bit of hiking, a day spent surfing and of course, time spent with his Mom 😉 he was able to complete four different projects. He first did a bowl, then a paper towel holder, then a pen and finally a vessel for his pocket change.

Here’s a few photos of the individual pieces:


This is the bowl that he turned out of a piece of Birch. It measures about 7″ in diameter and an 1 1/2″ tall:

Wooden Birch Bowl
Turned Wooden Bowl

This is the paper towel holder. It is made of Ash and stands about 13″ tall. The base is about 5″ round. It’s been accented with wire burns:

Wooden Paper Towel Holder

The pen is a European Roundtop and it’s made of Cocobolo:

Cocobolo Wood Pen

The change cup is about 4″ tall, 3″ in diameter and made of Maple:

Wooden Treen

I believe that his interest was peaked. My fingers are crossed that the next time I visit him there will be a lathe in his shop… no, not so that I can play on it while I’m out there… so that he can teach me a thing or two! 🙂

Oh, by the way, since my wife has been wanting a paper towel holder for some time she now sees no reason why I can’t make her one… 😉

Back to the shop…

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2 Responses to “Turning It Over To My Son”

  1. I really enjoyed this post, but then, I’m an old softy when it comes to moving up or down the family tree with a pocket full of tools.

  2. Woodworker's Guide August 29, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    Mitchell, yes, it’s certainly a thrill to be able to spend some quality time and to share a little bit of ‘wood sense’. 🙂

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