From Limbs to Clocks

12 Sticks That Didn't Become Firewood

12 Sticks That Didn’t Become Firewood

You may have seen this piece before, but not in its finished form. I will not detail how to make the clock from 12 limb segments; you can see the March issue of Woodturning Design Magazine for that information. But the weather is getting about right for roaming the woods, saw in hand, looking for the limbs you need to make a clock like this. Just remember that the pruning you do should benefit, rather than harm the stand of trees. My limbs were collected from fire killed juniper from the 2006 Casper Mountain fire.

One of the many joys of woodturning is the opportunity to use wood that would otherwise be considered waste wood. Anyone building a house, furniture, or cabinetry would not give an old, dead juniper a second look, unless they were incorporating some rustic design into the work. However, a turner can make use of those rejected woods, and create something stunning.

Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book

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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