(To see the finished piece, scroll right, as there are three images on this post).
I guess you already know how passionate I am about woodworking... It is such an obsession, that I can't wait for the day to end so that I can be in the workshop making something.
Lately, I have been working on very delicate projects. This is one of them.
Tonight I went out of the house to hang out with a few friends at our teacher Jimmy Clewes' workshop and do some woodturning. My project: A thin stemmed goblet.
This is a very delicate decorative piece, and a study on aesthetics in design.
The goblet measures 7-1/4" high, with a 1-5/8" diameter. The stem is 3/8" on the thinnest section, delicately tapering to a wider 1/4" at the bottom.
The material is walnut, and it is finished with shellac as a sealer and teak oil.
Making a piece like this can be stressful. One has to be very careful and precise with the cuts, and be absolutely sure that the tool does not catch, as it could be disastrous. As an added feature, I turned a "captive ring" into it.
The "money tip" from Jimmy was to support the piece with a padded tailstock. This support prevents the goblet from whipping too much as it is being turned. These are the little priceless secrets that I learn from those who know more than I. I cherish them. Thank you, Jimmy!