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Help me decide what's next

I seem to be surveying the types of projects done on a lathe. So far I've studied making pens, bowls, weed pots, eggs, and basic spindle stuff. Of course I haven't mastered anything at this point, but I'm wondering what other major topics I should explore. Hollow forms are something I know almost nothing about and my local Woodcraft doesn't have a class for it on the schedule.

So I'm open for suggestions - what other kinds of projects would you suggest for my initial survey of the craft?
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This time of year Christmas ornaments are something good to play with. Go here and look at what others have done.
http://www.woodcentral.com/newforum/ornaments/
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Mushrooms are fun.

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Slatron, I sit in my office all day programming with the lights off - I've got mushrooms growing on my desk...
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Wine bottle stoppers are quick, easy, inexpensive and people love to get em. I buy my stoppers from Penn State Industries, the cheaper ones are about $3. Then get a 1.5 x 1.5 x 18" cocobolo turning blank and cut it into 2" pieces to turn.
http://www.pennstateind.com/store/BS1.html

Woodcraft used to sell an hourglass (for about $10) that has the glass and sand, you turn the spindles and ends. I suggest walnut for wood. That would make a unique gift for that special someone. Looks like they don't carry it any longer, but rockler carries one, its a bit higher though $28.
http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?p...lter=hourglass

Let me know if you decide to do an hourglass, I've got a few tips for you.

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Candlestick holders and Pepper mills are a couple others.

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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You could get some rare earth magnets and make some fridge magnets.

Help me decide what's next-fridgemagnets.jpg

BTW these are really hard to photograph because their so attracted to each other.

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I ended up making a couple of snowmen. My wife and son painted the second one.
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this is something i had a problem with when i first started turning, i ran out of things to make!!
bowls
plates
platters
spinning tops
boxes
hollow forms
mushrooms
fruit (apples and pears)
pepper mills
decorations (christmas, halloween etc.)
weed pots
vases
off center spindles
square bowls
lidded bowls
lamp bases
table matts and drink coasters
candle sticks
drum sticks
tool handles
childrens toys (a rattle with ball bearing inside)
goblet (maybe with captured rings)
clock faces
pens
purchasable project pieces (inlayable clocks, gold plated letter opener, bottle stopper, key ring, paper clips, ash trays etc.)

and probably a lot more that i cant think of.
hope this helps,
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When I'm in the mood for more of a challenge, I make a jar or bowl with a lid that came from the same piece of wood. It's a good moderate challenge for a novice like me.

Pins are fun, too. :P

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