Three-piece decorations shaped and polished on the lathe
Synopsis: Ornaments turned in three parts save small pieces of figured wood from the scrap bin and help embellish a tree or window. Michael Sage explains how to make them, beginning with making a bell from a scrap 2-in.-sq. by 3 to 4 in. long. Then he adds a stem, and tops it with a finial crown. He polishes the ornaments while they’re still on the lathe or by holding them on a buffing wheel. He drills a tiny eyelet in the top of the finial for hanging them.
I turn wood for a living, and I sell just about everything I make. But there are a few things I like to turn just for family and friends. Wooden ornaments, turned from brightly colored or highly figured woods, are my favorites. They’re great for stocking stuffers or for dressing up a home during the holidays. These ornaments don’t take long…