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I started woodturning a year ago, just before Christmas 2019. I picked up the chisel for the first time, made my first cut and I immediately knew “This is me, I have just arrived home”.

I started practicing turning almost every day, until one day I sat down with a piece of paper and started to play with the shapes.

Surprisingly I realized I am fairly good at designing decorative woodturning pieces. I have a bit of experience with drawing from my previous life.

Cookie Stand Woodturning made from purple heart and chestnut wood.

When my one-year anniversary of turning was close I was curious to see how much I developed in a year. I set down with a piece of paper once again and I was determined to design a piece that will push my skills to the absolute limits when it comes to woodturning.

This piece that I designed that day was a cookie display stand. The main part of the piece is a hexagonal plate made out of chestnut burr. Every corner of the plate is grabbed by a ring, that is made out of purple heart.

From the base 6 circular arms reaching out, suspending the hexagonal plate in the air by connecting to those purple heart rings. The base and the arms are the combination of purple heart and chestnut burr making sure all the colors and wood grains are matched.

The piece was turned on an Axminster ac355wl lathe and I use a combination or Crown tools, including carbide and traditional chisels. The piece was finished with clear lacquer. The piece is about 11″ in diameter and standing 7.5″ tall.

The piece was completed on the 17th of December 2020.

The whole crafting process can be watched on my YouTube channel called Mustardpiece:

Tools:
1/2 bowl gauge
3/4 bowl gauge
1″ skew
round carbide tool
flat carbide tool
diamond carbide tool
captive ring maker
parting tool

Artist: Attila Jakab

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