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Dec 12

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A wood turning challenge

In October the president of the Western Mountain Woodturners asked members to bring in a partly turned piece to our November meeting that would be taken home by another turner and completed by them. We had to bring the finished piece back to the December meeting and give it back to the person who had started it. I drew lucky #2 and chose a piece of spalted Maple that had been started by Charlie Tidswell.

Spalted Maple piece that had been started by Charlie.

Spalted Maple piece that had been started by Charlie.

The picture above is the before picture, like as in before I started to work on it. I decided that I wanted to do something unusual to highlight the beautiful lines of spalting that were present on this piece. Hmmm, what to do? What to do? Well I decided to make a tea light out of the piece but not just any tea light I wanted the light to shine through the piece when I was done. So I turned the walls down to 1/16 inch or less in wall thickness.

Spalted Maple tea light.

Spalted Maple tea light.

This is what the tea light looks like under regular light but the light that is inside actually changes colors, 7 different colors. So I took the pictures below with the tea light as the single source of light for the picture and I think the effects are pretty cool.

Thin walled tea light with the light blue.

Thin walled tea light when the light is blue.

 

Thin walled tea light with the light green.

Thin walled tea light when the light is green.

 

Thin walled tea light with the light clear.

Thin walled tea light when the light is clear.

 

Thin walled tea light with the light pink.

Thin walled tea light when the light is pink.

 

Can you see the light shining through the walls of the tea light bowl? I think it’s a pretty cool effect but what do you think of it?

 

 

 

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