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Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble
Strawberry Orange Banana Lime Leaf Slate Sky Blueberry Grape Watermelon Chocolate Marble

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  1. Shell almost finished in terms of carving/sanding. I'm undecided on how to do the growth rings on the shell. I can scratch, indent, or carve them in. I'll be trying various methods before proceeding.
  2. I'm pretty certain that this was carved from a limestone slab, sometime in the 17-18 century. I'll try to track down the photo, compare the date with where I was(location) exactly, and then do some sleuthing to find out exactly where this was in the city.
  3. Beautiful work and well done! Your post reminded me of a project that I have in the list of things to carve. This was photographed, somewhere in France, while I was on a self-drive there. I'm thinking that in might be in Rouen.
  4. Finally found time to do some carving to the shell. My wife just had replacement hip surgery and that's taken up all of my time, as well as my daughter/son-in-law, and grandchildren returning back to Brooklyn. I just need to do some minor "corrections" to the shell, add the slight growth rings, do some light sanding, and then proceed with the painting/gilding. I did manage to get the mounting plaque put together and turned. It was good to be back at the lathe!!!!!
  5. I've finally found a little bit of time to resume carving on this shell. The "ears" are being carved into the convex volutes. Once these are done, I'll address the many finish details that need to be done. Would an application of glue stabilize the thin ears for finishing?
  6. Rough carving started. I'm trying to gauge the amount of wood to leave on top of the "knuckles" of the shell. This will then allow me to carve the "ears" on each of the knuckles. Finding time to carve has been difficult for me because of the time demands needed for for watching our grandchildren 4 days a week and the demands of yard/house work.
  7. Better yet, find a mentor that can help you with the various woods and techniques involved in woodworking.
  8. AndrewB, are you 100% sure that you've got pine in your lathe? To me it looks like poplar wood, and I agree with Gerald.... use your tailstock for much better results.
  9. Cal, Teddy is almost 4 years old and enjoys being in the shop with me, as well as helping his Grandmother do gardening. We also have a 2 year old granddaughter that we're watching 4 days a week, along with Teddy. He enjoys doing "things" with wood while I do the machine work. At this point, I'm somewhat worried about him being around the razor-sharp gouges but he listens very well. I may just give him a screwed-down board(to the shop floor), some nails, drill, and his hammer to occupy his time while I carve(try to at least). We just completed a 4-chamber bat house, got it painted, and hung up on the south-facing shop wall. Here's a photo of the completed project:
  10. I've been doing a lot of work around the house, including doing many things with my grandson, and have decided to do something different. I found this shell among the many that we've collected and thought that it would be fun to carve this up and try to replace the missing "ears" that have been knocked off. Once completed, it will be gilded and attached to a round wall plaque(painted/gilded). I've got the blank glued up and ready to carve. Here's hoping that the process will hold my grandson's attention.
  11. Best of luck with the healing/recovery. Reading this post makes my palms sweat and a promise to be ultra-careful on my jointer. Thanks for the share!!!
  12. Thanks, now to find some neoprene!
  13. Here's what I thought would work for constructing this finial. Perhaps turning/drilling would work but would take a huge amount of work. Then it hit me..... cabriole legs. I drew up a cabriole leg that looked right, grabbed two 4X4 pieces of treated lumber, and cut them to shape. They were then glued together to form one side of the finial. The bevels in the base could be added to each of the legs and a separate octagonal point would be added to the top. This would be a total of 5 pieces for the finial. Please ignore the "rough" work shown.... this was a quick trial. I would have used a clear/good grade of cedar for the project.
  14. What would be the best way to reproduce this finial on a building in Williamsburg, VA? I had someone ask me to replicate it, for their garden shed, but they backed out at the last minute. I've got my idea about it but am curious about other's ideas of replication.
  15. Thank you for this great summary. It's much appreciated!!!
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