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 Post subject: Gift for a special child
PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 5:38 pm 
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I started a new part time job about a week and 1/2 ago.
I'm doing small gas engine repair for my local chainsaw/mower shop.
Love the job so far. The owner is great and his wife is the office/store manager.

We go to talking and I told them I did woodturning. She became real interested. Asked me if I could make something for an autistic child.
I replied that I never did one especially for a special needs child but would love too.

Further discussions revealed the the child loves to carry around sticks. Whenever he goes outside he finds a stick and takes it with him.

I told them that I make wands for the local kids and would be happy to make one for him.

Here is what I came up with.
I'll give it to them tomorrow.

The overall wand

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Here it is next to standard butter knife

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Closer look at the details

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I finished it with beeswax. So completely safe.

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The wood is African Mahogany.

The burn lines are done with a short section of Nichrome wire stretched between two dowels.

All turning done with skew (as a personal challenge)

Left the handle large so it is easy to carry.

All crisp/sharp details smoothed with sanding to prevent injury.
Thanks for looking,
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That's a gorgeous piece of skew turning, NN! All the detail on it gives a lot of tactile feedback that I imagine will be greatly appreciated. Kudos to you for facing the "Skew Challenge". They should give out merit badges for it.

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Nice design and a great finish. All with a skew, now that is something! 8) 8)

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Nice work.

First glance looked like a spurtle, had to read the narrative.


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George.......

As you probably know the only real difference between a wand and a spurtle is what the customer wants to use it for, :D


I sell both.
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Well done Mike. :-D :-D

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