Its been a bit of a slow week as kids were off school Monday and Tuesday and everyone is full of flu. I have managed to get up to the workshop for a bit of therapeutic turning every now and then though. Yesterday I turned a ladle for the Mary Rose Trust, I first visited the Mary Rose to study the wooden bowls there more than 10 years ago and have made many replicas over the years for use by school groups visiting the museum.
Here is the replica made from alder and below is the original.
These are quite a challenge to make, when I first cut a blank to make one and mounted on the lathe the weight of the handle had the lathe literally lifting off the ground. I learned to leave a short heavy piece opposite the handle to balance things out, this is trimmed off with an axe after turning. During turning the handle spins so fast it becomes invisible so you have to keep your hands well out of the way.