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New Wheel Options

January 21, 2016

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Our new wheel is taking shape and, as is quite often the case, it has presented its own ideas for us to consider.  My original plan of  using a hobbit dwelling has taken form but I felt that to do it real justice, I would need to forget the wheel part of the project and embed this little sculpture into a small hillside.  I don’t think Stephanie would like to have me ship her a box of dirt with the hobbit dwelling added.  I still think the house is a good option and will modify things a bit as the wheel progresses.  Sometimes the best thing to do is just focus on another aspect of the project and let inspiration sort of slip in the back door.

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I did feel that rather than stick with one look, I would make a plaque with a Tolkien symbol on it that can be easily put in place of the hobbit dwelling. Since the house has a flat bottom, you can have both to enjoy even if the house sits beside you on a table.  The plaque is just roughly finished at this point but with a few more coats of varnish, it adds a simple elegant tough to the wheel.  The wood is Jatoba, a heavy hard exotic with a fantastic rich color.  When I gave Laurie Weinsoft’s Cecil a major facelift, I was left with two Jatoba treadles.  So that’s where this piece of wood came from.  Recycling – wheelmaker style!

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The footman rods are new as of today and they too need some more work.  But I wanted you to see some progress.   By the way – the hobbit house has lights so Frodo must at be home!

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  1. Jennifer Nightingale permalink

    And so the journey of “Gary” magic begins :)

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