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Volume 46/Issue 4

Project Articles
Knock-Down & Store-Away Table
Home Shop Workbench
Rolling Pin & Dried Flower Vase

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Clean Cuts - Pt. 1
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The Laminated Rolling Pin and Dried Flower Vase

Pencil and Stamp Holder

Here are two strikingly attractive projects that are as much of a joy to make as they are easy to sell at local craft fairs

The Rolling Pin and Dried Flower Vase were designed and turned by Rude (pronounced “Rudy”) Osolnik, a master wood turner who was already retired from teaching generations of aspiring woodworkers at Berea College in central Kentucky when we met him and watched in awe as he originally created these two great projects for us in 1982.

Rude turned an amazing freeform bowl that now rests in Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry...and a laminated bowl that's part of the Smithsonian's permanent collection of fine woodworking projects by the top craftsmen from all over America.

According to Rude, “Working on the lathe is fun because it doesn't have to be bound by someone else's rules. Newcomers to the craft are realizing that they don't have to follow a textbook...and that once they've learned a few of the basics, it's a simple matter for each turner to develop his (or her) own style. It's a highly creative form of woodworking that you can start and finish on a single machine. Turn free-form and you don't even have to worry much about critical dimensions - just the overall design. The lathe leaves plenty of room for innovation and improvisation.”

Work-Saving Production Note: Although we turned our examples using conventional Lathe Turning Chisels and workpiece mounting techniques, multiple copies of the Rolling Pin may be turned more quickly by using Shopsmith's Lathe Duplicator.

Our Dried Flower Vase was turned between centers, then separated from the scrap stock. However, you could just as easily use a Lathe Screw Center...or even a Lathe Chuck to facilitate faster workpiece mounting and removal.

Laminated Rolling Pin & Holder

The Dried Flower Vase