Christmas Crafts: Dollar Tree Duster Wreath
While much of the direction is in the path of larger and larger pieces as you turn the wood, there are advantages to turning small objects. Here are three ways to develop satisfaction in the art and craft of woodturning, starting with small
One of the questions that a turner follows throughout his career is how to obtain the final curve and the proportion of each turned piece. Although this is one of those difficult artistic questions to answer, there are times when a piece is definitely on or off. With a great turner, this can take a lot of wood and time to answer the question, and if the result is poor, the time and wood can be seen as wasted.
While it is easy to argue that this is a learning experience and that no training is without value, there is an easier way to get an answer before committing to the big log and time and becoming small. A small piece of wood can be mounted on the lathe and a smaller version of the planned piece can be turned. If desired, for hollow pieces such as bowls and vases, the small piece can even be left solid if the only reason to turn is to check the proportions and lines. However, a well-designed piece is a well-designed piece, and the smaller piece would be a good turned piece itself. For this reason, it is a good idea to turn the small practice piece of good wood with good grain.
Secondly, there are many directions to take when converting wood. Some turners concentrate on the gallows and others on the spindles. It is very easy to find woodturners who also work intensively within these categories such as bowls, candlesticks, or boxes. Turning small pieces allows you to experiment in different directions without much effort with tools or wood.
Thirdly, the direction of the experimentation can also go in the direction of different forests. The variety of wood types, colors, and grains in the world is overwhelming and many of them can be easily obtained from wood suppliers in most cities. Unfortunately, this involves considerable costs, and most of them are only available in board form. This makes them unaffordable in terms of cost and suitability for many turners, and especially for gauntlet turners, such as bowl makers.
Enter the experience of the small turnery trade. Suddenly, a two-by-six is a good choice for a small bowl and the world of exotic woods opens up immediately. The cost of a small piece is much less than the cost of a large one, and the boards can easily be cut into small-item turning squares.
Fourth, the simple consideration is that small pieces can be turned faster than large ones. For many turners who spend only a few hours a day in the shop, this makes the difference between completing a project and risking chipping on the lathe until more time is available.
Fifth, of course, small-scale turning is simply fun. It is in itself a challenge to achieve a curve, a bulge, or a bend right in very narrow spaces. There are also many things that are simply suitable for small woodturning exercises, such as jewelry or Christmas tree decorations, not to mention the pens that have become a favorite of woodturners.
There are probably many reasons to become small, but these five reasons might make someone think about the world of small woodturning. This will open a new phase of pleasure for many turners.
***This project takes 3 packs of dusters.***
Make a pretty wreath with inexpensive furniture dusters from the Dollar Tree!
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