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‘Beer is proof that God loves us…

3ElegantTapHandlesWeb…and wants us to be happy.’  – Benjamin Frankin

Dennis turned these three elegant tap handles at the request of some friends who make their own beer.

All three feature captive rings at the base.  Two are from walnut, and the twisted one is sycamore.  For twistwork afficionados, this is a 4-start, graduated, and slightly stretched bit of twistwork.

 

May Snow brings December birdhouse ornaments

ScrubbyBirdhouses Late snowstorms have broken lots of branches in the Pikes Peak Region.   Our native Gambel scrub oaks provided the natural edge roofs for a new crop of Christmas ornaments from Dennis.  The storms have kept him in the shop for an early start on the 2017 Christmas season.

The base repeats the pattern of dark heartwood surrounded by the lighter sapwood.  The perches are blackwood, ebony, or walnut.

Gambel oaks are adapted to Colorado’s variable winter temperatures.  The cells in the wood burst when frozen in the live tree, which does not die.  This makes a uniquely unstable wood for the turner for it splits easily.  It is rare, however, to get this oak in diameters over four inches.

 

A perennial favorite!

5snowmenWeb  Aspen Snowmen are a natural way to celebrate our native wood, and our famous winter sporting climate.

Dennis makes the snowmen in several sizes, as sculptures,  as 5″ tall upside-down salt shakers, and as Christmas ornaments.

The hats are turned from urban forest trees–primarily walnut.

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Team Pepper

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A classic peppermill shape with detail created by a laminated turning blank.  The shape is revealed when the curves are cut on the lathe.  They are rarely identical, but definitely members of the same team.

Dennis makes, sells, and teaches peppermills.   These are just one of several classic styles that he prefers.

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Restocking…

Hollowing(v)   Dennis is making a new round of urns to restock the inventory.  In addition to the urn on the lathe, there are other groups of roughed-out vessels all over the shop–on the floor, in baskets, and upside down on the drying rack.

The photo shows the arm brace and the 1″ diameter boring bar that is needed to hollow a vessel as large as a burial urn.  This one is still very wet wood.

After the initial hollowing, and several months of drying out, Dennis will remount the vessel and turn the walls to the final, even wall thickness of about 1/4″.  He adds threaded inserts and turns a lid from the same wood.

The final stage is sanding and finishing the urn, often with the multi-step patination.

Of course, for the best selection, it is wise to buy a burial urn in advance of the need for it.

 

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Snowmen Acting Up Again…

B&WSnowmen   Some of the aspen snowmen made by Dennis were caught here in newspaper black and white by Nick Agar.  They appear to be plotting something nefarious while vigorously puffing on their turned pipes.   This year’s fellows all have names and distinct personalities.  They will appear this winter at the St. Peter’s School Holiday Botique, and then again at the Broadmoor’s Christmas House holiday weekend, November 27 and 28.

New finish available for burial urns

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Earlier this summer, Dennis met with Richard Pankratz, a bronze sculptor, to develop a convincing patina on urns made of wood.   The happy result is this finish in aged bronze.

The advantage of the faux bronze urn is that the urn itself is lighter in weight, and the use of pine keeps the urns in a very reasonable price range.  Many customers contact Dennis to find a bio-degradable urn that is still beautiful enough to display at a memorial service.

Dennis will probably use this finish on more turnings done in plain woods.  It does not, however, qualify as a food-safe finish for bowls.

Upside-Down Saltshaker class at Woodcraft 10/31

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Dennis will teach a class for turners of all skill levels on Saturday, October 31st, at the Colorado Springs Woodcraft store.

Students will make one or more of the two-part salt shakers that continue to delight the public with the mystery of getting the salt in and out of a shaker with just one hole in the bottom.  It makes a great gift for family and friends who may not understand the woodturning obsession.

This class will also hone skills with the parting tool, spindle gouge, and even the skew, for those turners who have been primarily bowl makers.  Dennis will help you sharpen your own tools correctly if you bring them to the class.

Call Woodcraft to reserve a spot, or to buy a class for your own aspiring woodturner:  719-266-9889.   The class will be over in time for trick-or-treating.  Recommended costume is personal safety gear – safety goggles or face shield.

 

A nice ride at the RollBikeArt show!

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Dennis has been to see the Bike Art Show here in the Pikes Peak Region for at least five years.  This year, he made a bowl to commemorate the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs.  It is a clean hard maple with inlaid crushed stone in the shape of bicycle racers.

This may be the first bowl ever in the Bike Art Show.  It follows a long tradition of decorating bowls with arena events.   Picasso painted the bull fight arena on ceramic bowls fifty years ago, and now we have Dennis Liggett and bicycle track racing.

A highlight of this year’s show wasn’t an entry–it was an ice cream maker churned via stationary bicycle.

Keepsake Urns

Urn2Web  In the Spring of 2014, Dennis purchased wet blocks of Ambrosia Maple while visiting woodturning friends near Atlanta.  He has carefully dried and hollowed a series of burial urns from this extraordinary wood.  The tops are threaded, so they stay on securely.     Most of these urns will be sold privately to folks who love wood or need a lightweight urn.    It is a nice alternative to storing ashes in plastic boxes in the back of the closet.     Dennis sizes the urns for a mid to large-sized person by measuring the internal volume of each one.

Prices and more photos are available by request:  719-481-8754