Turned Ornaments
March 9, 2012
Entry Details

# 940
David Day
Buffalo, NY
Dimensions (inches):  
  Width:   2.5"
  Height:   8.75"
  Depth:   2.5"
Materials:   The 2.5" sphere is purple heart, the top and bottom finials are black cherry.

This shot is of the ornament as a whole as it would appear on a stand or tree.  The ornament weighs one ounce.

The design is original, developed over time from non-pierced ornaments.  To make the sphere I started with a 3" square of purpleheart between centers.  Once I had turned a column and squared the ends, I glued it to a disc and mounted it on a chuck.  I then began to turn it round, using a template to guide my cuts.  To this point I used a 5/8" gouge to cut the stock.  Once I had achieved the shape I sought (save for the end glued to the turning disc) I drilled a 5/8" hole through the sphere and into the disc.  I then rough sanded the surface of the sphere and drilled three 1/16" holes in the surface of the sphere to serve as guides for the hollowing procedure.  I used three scrapers (two hand-made) to remove material from the inside of the sphere.  (When I had removed material on the inside to the point where the holes were open I knew I had taken all of the material necessary for piercing.)

This is a close-up of the top finial and sphere showing where the two are attached.

This is a close-up of the lower finial.

Here is a close-up of the attachment of the lower finial and the sphere.

This is a close-up of the pierced sphere, straight on.

Judges Comments
CD : Nicely made. Finials don't quite match the delicacy of the globe.
DS :  The finial and icicle should be more delicate to match the globe.
KH : Globe is well done. Finials don't add anything positive. A finial redesign could improve the ornament to make it work.

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