Robin’s Return

Small Juniper Vessel

Up and Limping

There was a song my mother used to play on the piano called The Robin’s Return, a sort of spring-is-here song. Well, I am announcing to the world “I am back!” My lathe and accessories went into storage in the spring of 2008. So I haven’t been able to do any turning until this past week. I can’t say my shop is up and running; it’s just barely limping.

Hollow Juniper, View 1

Here are two of the pieces I have attempted. A third flew apart when I hollowed the wall too thin in one spot. I now remember the lesson I learned the first time that happened.

The first small juniper vessel doesn’t quite flow the way I want. The second is also juniper, but shows a lot more sapwood. Its shape is a lot more like I wanted.

Hollow Juniper, View 2

Note the two bark inclusions. One has an interesting stripe running above and below. I am not sure what causes that. Just one of those serendipitous things!

Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book

Have you seen the plans I have up for sale for the space saving cabinet?

About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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