Blacksmith Erik Nequist asked me this summer to turn handles for his hand-crafted garden tools. After consulting on the design and a few prototypes, he asked for thirty for his first run of tools. Some are shown below. I like how the wood and metal compliment each other, both visually and texturally. That texture is something not found in mass produced pieces.
For this small production run I was happy to be involved. There is just enough variety in the finished shapes to keep it interesting for me. After turning ten or so, I was able to turn one in about five or six minutes. I then had to fit it into its socket with a pencil sharpener sort of tool I made special for the purpose. Lastly, I oiled the hickory with boiled linseed oil.
This photo is from a small show he did this past weekend in Brattleboro. On December 6 he will have a display at my studio and demonstrate his blacksmithing. I am hosting a small Hand-Craft Fair that day from 10 -4. I will have turned bowls and plates and other small pieces. My neighbors Chad Mathrani, house-wright and Mike Weitzner, chip carver, will also be on hand demonstrating their crafts.
More information to come.