Valentines Day is that day for all of us to tell the other half how much we love them to bits, buy card and chocolates and go out for fancy meals. Unfortunately (or fortunately) for my other half Dave I’m a cheap skate and don’t believe in the commercialisation of this day, fathers day or mothers day. However I am also a big hypocrite and will happily make things to sell for it too. I was asked to come up with some decorations for the tables of an upcoming romantic meal being held at the nature park I currently volunteer at. These were to be little gifts for the couples to have. In the past Renae had given the lady of the couple a fresh rose but (I’m assuming) thought it would be more practical to have wooden ones as they would be a lasting memento too. So I got to work on coming up with a rose. I was asked to make 15 of these.
These were made from a straight silver birch I had left over from my neighbour tree and these were all turned on my lathe in a row.
These were then cut to individual lengths.
Then a hole was drilled into the bottom and then detail was added with my power carver.
These were then mounted to canes and then painted using a tester pot of red paint I had left over from the decorating of our lounge.
But What About The Men?! Surely They Didn’t Go Home Empty Handed?!
No they didn’t. I had also made up some little hearts that I made from Sapele wood that my neighbour was chucking out. This was in good condition apart from the large amount of evenly spaced holes made buy some nailed that had been hammered into it. This didn’t affect the finish though as I just bandsawed around these.