Centuries-old hand-tool sequence creates a good conversation starter
Synopsis: A lathe and a few simple tools are all you need to make a barley-twist candlestick, a traditional design made up of threads cut into a cylinder. Most of the project is done with hand tools, with the only turning phase being the step where you bring the blank to shape. After you lay out the spirals, saw and carve them into shape, and then shape the insides. These candlesticks, usually displayed in right-twist, left-twist pairs, are a great conversation starter wherever they are displayed.
From Fine Woodworking #189
Of all the things I make on the lathe, one of the most eye-grabbing is the barley-twist candlestick, which owes its name to a type of English candy traditionally made with a twist. Whether on a dining-room or a kitchen table, the candlesticks, usually made in right- and left-twist pairs, never fail to be the center of conversation, with woodworkers and…