As you may have noticed (or not, as RWC isn’t exactly famous yet), things were a little quiet around here for the past few months. Due to my new position with TTi (the parent company for Milwaukee, Ryobi and RIDGID power tools, among others), I’ve had to put RWC on the backburner for a bit. Though I’ve missed woodworking greatly, I’m extremely happy with my new position and love the company I’m with; I can certainly see myself sticking with TTi for the long-haul. Compounding the delay in getting back to woodworking was the fact that it took me some time to get my shop set up. As of December, though, RWC 2.0 is up and running! Big thanks to my roommate Matthew for allowing me to set up shop in his garage.
To be honest, I was concerned that being away from turning for so long would mean I’d be horribly out of practice. I had decided some time ago to turn a candle holder for my mom as a Christmas present though, and by the time I got the shop set up, I didn’t have any time to do a couple practice turnings. So I slapped my chunk of Marblewood on the lathe and jumped in. Surprisingly (and thankfully!), I picked up right where I left off and felt right back at home turning.
The design for this candle holder was inspired by the simple shape of a bowl, and I think it’s a great shape for tea light candle holders. I was very pleased with how the overall shape of the piece turned out. I decided to make stone inlays a major focus of this piece; that’s a decision I wasn’t quite as happy with. I expect I’ll be using stone inlay much more sparingly in the future, as I feel it works much better as a complementary feature rather than the focus of a piece. I was able to use this piece as a test bed for trying different methods of laying the stone in the wood, though, which proved educational. I’ve since decided that my original method of mixing stone into epoxy and then “pouring” the mixture into the channels in the wood provided the best results.
What’s on deck for RWC? I’m currently working on (finally) finishing my router cabinet, and I have a couple turnings in mind – a fruit bowl/platter, a couple more candle holders, some bottle stoppers, and maybe a surprise or two along the way. With my workshop up and running, expect to see more frequent updates from me…at least until work relocates me and forces me to set up RWC 3.0!
Happy holidays, everybody!