I started turning by making spinning tops, first from single pieces of wood then later by gluing blocks to a spindle of a different coloured materials and turning it as a single piece. Then I tried hollow forms bowls and bells.
The bells I made as Christmas decorations for people that liked and requested them. I included a small metal bell on the inside so that the decorations actual ring out.
The Acorns where my first attempt at making boxes, when I ran out of Mahogany I re-sawed the remaining scrap and used it as an inlay for the lighter doughnut boxes, to which I also added a decorative metallic disk in the top.
The Internal turned decorations started as a bit of fun, but got serious after a couple of them shattered while on the lathe sending parts all over the workshop. My own fault I learnt to take it a little more slowly with those.
Below is a recent project to make a decorative box with a lose fitting finial lid. The wood used for this piece was spalted birch that I picked up while camping the other year. It was my first attempt and turned out a little smaller that intended, but a god starting point. Also just completed today is a tilting bowl with a cutout and pierced design I decided to have a go at this after watching a demo video by Mick Hanbury. I think its turned out quite well....
Please send comments let me know what you think.
This bowl was inspired by work done by Mick Hanbury - I once saw one of his videos and thought to have a go. Its a small bowl in the center, the base has a small point which forces it to tilt towards the heavier side, thus displaying the cut out and pierced design at the top. This make the bowl decorative while still having a function.