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artsy bowling pin lamp thingy build

Well I was cutting the head off of a bowling pin to use for a shift knob. Using what I had in the shop at work, I used a flimsy hacksaw with a metal blade on it. The result was quite the opposite of a straight cut. Frustrated, I took the plastic off the bottom half of the pin and was kinda intrigued by the shape that the terrible cut had made.

I've been toying with the idea of doing some carving on my shift knobs I've been making. I even did a test run with one and it came out decently well. So I decided I'd try the design on a larger scale on this misshapen bowling pin. I use a knock off dremel with a round diamond bit to make my cuts in the tree so far and I'm thinking of using something a bit smaller when I cut in the leaves.

This is the start of my first carving and real "artsy" thing I've done with wood so if the most seasoned vets wanna chime in with advice, concerns, ideas, etc, I'd gladly like to hear it.

First couple of pics are of the tree design penciled in on the pin.





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After the first cut with the dremel.



And how it sits currently with the cuts deepened.



I'm probably gonna go a tad deeper on the tree itself because I have a lot of sanding to do on the pin itself to get it smoothed out. The leaves are coming next.

I'm thinking of adding some "dimples" to the wood around the tree to give it some texture and enhance the look of it all. I've gotta play around with it on a spare pin.

Then after the wood is done, I'll be putting a metal rod through the middle to aid in mounting the lamp kit.

Stay tuned.
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That's pretty cool. I like it.
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artsy bowling pin lamp thingy build ...Is that the technical name for the project? Looks good by the way.

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Nice re-purpose of an old pin.

If you want some colour to the pattern, you could add some In-Lace. The Woodturners use this for accenting pieces.

Comes in many colours. It can add a lot of interest to a piece.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...p-inlay-inlace

This is an example of using the product on one of my projects.

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artsy bowling pin lamp thingy build ...Is that the technical name for the project? Looks good by the way.
Lol. Well I couldn't think of what to really call it.

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Nice re-purpose of an old pin.

If you want some colour to the pattern, you could add some In-Lace. The Woodturners use this for accenting pieces.

Comes in many colours. It can add a lot of interest to a piece.

http://www.packardwoodworks.com/Merc...p-inlay-inlace

This is an example of using the product on one of my projects.

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Thanks. I actually was looking to fill the cuts with something and this looks like a great alternative.
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That is cool. Will it have a function or is it just a centerpiece? I never even realized that bowling pins were a glue up. I always thought they were turned out of a single block of maple.

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That is cool. Will it have a function or is it just a centerpiece? I never even realized that bowling pins were a glue up. I always thought they were turned out of a single block of maple.
I'm thinking of making it into a lamp to add function to it. I was also surprised when I took the plastic off of one the first time. I think they look great as a glue up because you get so many grains in one piece.
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It looks great so far. I think the more you get into it the more it will evolve from ideas. For the leaves, you might do some carving to add relief, like I did on the feather of this carving.






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It looks great so far. I think the more you get into it the more it will evolve from ideas. For the leaves, you might do some carving to add relief, like I did on the feather of this carving.






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That carving looks great. Being my first carving, I'm gonna keep it simple with the leaves and the whole piece. I'm looking forward to doing these a lot more so look for them to get more creative as I get better and better.
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Cleaned up the tree/branches a little more last night and got to work penciling in the leaves. Also got the dremel bit I needed to cut the leaves. The fun starts now having to cut the 30 something leaves.



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Well a few slow nights at work have given me the chance to work on this, as well as another pin project, and get a lot done. Got the leaves cut in last night. Might got over them again to deepen them a little more, because I still have to do finishing sanding on the entire pin. Still considering options on what I'm going to do with filling it all in.

Here's the progress.





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Looking good.

I think the In-Lace would be nice for the stems.

For the leaves you could either fill or you could colour by e.g., felt tip pen. Many colours available. Just test the ink is not affected by your choice of finish.
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