Sunday, February 27, 2005

Making inlays for weedpots

This past week I have been making inlaid weedpots. The photograph below shows some of the inlays in various stages of production.

Inlays being made for weedpotsThis batch of inlays are made of oak burl and black cherry burl.

The roughly cut round slices (right) are glued to circular blocks of wood (top right). These blocks are held in a chuck mounted on the lathe during the turning operation. The finished inlays (left) are carefully pried off of the glue blocks and are ready to be glued into the finished weedpot.

These weedpots are much admired by visitors to the studio. They are quite time consuming to make, so I like to build up a good stock before the busy summer tourist season.

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