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Turned Christmas ornament

Being inspired by other guys ornament turnings, I tried to turn my own today. I learned one thing.........I'm not very good at the lathe. Although I'm not very proud of this one, I think that it is a pretty good first try of this sort of thing and I am looking forward to improving. I will still hang it on the tree as a reminder that we all have to start somewhere. My first scrollings were nothing special either. I did have a lot of fun turning it though.
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Looks good to me. Great first turning!
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Looks good to me. Great first turning!

Not a first turning, but a first shot at doing something like this with the holes and the two different species. A learning curve for sure. Thanks for the compliment.

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Ah I see, well none the less I would be proud of it. What was it that you were not happy with? Did you drill the holes before turning it or make a jig to do it afterwards?
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You got your tree up already?????

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Ah I see, well none the less I would be proud of it. What was it that you were not happy with? Did you drill the holes before turning it or make a jig to do it afterwards?

I drilled the holes first in the blank. I think I made it a little too bulky and I wasn't really impressed with some of my turning techniques. I was trying to work on my skew techniques and I think that I failed horribly at it. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.


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You got your tree up already?????

We put it up last night but my turned ornament is the only one on it. We are supposed to decorate the tree tonight. We usually put up the tree on the first weekend of December and take it down on New Years Day.

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I drilled the holes first in the blank. I think I made it a little too bulky and I wasn't really impressed with some of my turning techniques. I was trying to work on my skew techniques and I think that I failed horribly at it. Oh well, there is always tomorrow.

Stop it!!!!! it looks fine ...really...OK not by your standards ..but ....





We put it up last night but my turned ornament is the only one on it. We are supposed to decorate the tree tonight. We usually put up the tree on the first weekend of December and take it down on New Years Day.
...well you're right on track.........
we have the same general holiday schedule so......maybe we're behind a bit...

y'know...... being way down South here in Maine......
I guess it's the NO SNOW and unseasonably warm temps.....
I just don't feel like it's xmas season yet....

Now if you asked me back in October......


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Aww Ken you impressed me again
your turning skills look way superior to mine for sure.
did you glue those pieces after turning or before?
I bought a skew chisel yesterday and so far my skills stink
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Geez Ken, you beat yourself up. That's a darn fine looking ornament, hang it in front, at eye level.
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Ken that looks great for a first try. My only suggestion would be to thin your finials down a little bit. Keep in mind that this is from the guy who still hasn't turned an ornament yet.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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Aww Ken you impressed me again
your turning skills look way superior to mine for sure.
did you glue those pieces after turning or before?
I bought a skew chisel yesterday and so far my skills stink

I turned each piece individually. The maple center had tenons turned on it to match the holes that were drilled in the ends of the walnut blanks. If I had it back, I would have glued this baby up first and then turned it.

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Geez Ken, you beat yourself up. That's a darn fine looking ornament, hang it in front, at eye level.
I'm not so disappointed in the ornament as I am in my turning skill. This took a lot of effort for me and I just think that with a higher level of skill, this would have been a much easier project. I intend to practice and kick the skill level up a couple of notches for sure.


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My only suggestion would be to thin your finials down a little bit.
This was the one design feature that I am not overjoyed about. The first finial is the one on the bottom and it is beefier for sure. On the second on that I turned, I trimmed it down quite a bit and added a little more detail. That's good advice and I intend to try again. If I really hated this one, it would be in the designer fire wood pile instead of on my tree.

Thanks for the kind words guys.

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I like it, designer firewood.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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