I turned this pillar candle holder for my mum for Christmas several years back. It is made from a leftover piece of Tasmanian oak/Victorian ash from a laminated blank used for coffee table legs.
The timber was purchased by one of my students from Mathews Timber in Western Sydney Australia for the legs of his coffee table major project. He said I could keep the leftover offcuts as he had no use for them.
It sat in our school storeroom for a year or so at least before I decided I could use it when I was looking for a blank large enough to hold a pillar candle.
I mounted it to a small screw centered faceplate for turning, rather than between centers, as I wanted to be able to get to the “top” surface.
I used a mix of roughing gouges, spindle gouges, skew chisels, scrapers, and parting tool before sanding through my grits and burnishing with the shavings.
It’s finished with several coats of Tung oil which were buffed in.
Artist: Damien Burke
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