Wood craft is post about Magazine bookmarked by leon with ID 1676398985 was uploaded on 05-04-2019 and has been viewed 346,619 times.
Candlestick Turners often look at old logs and broken branches, imagining what they could turn out of them.Sometimes they see a beautiful piece of wood that seems to be just too far gone to do anything with.
Well, this is just the project for those pieces.You'll never look at a rotten piece of wood the same way.I've turned candlesticks from logs I've pulled out of a lake, off cuts from other turning projects, old Christmas trees, cedar fence posts, and the list goes on.
Anything goes! For this project I chose a piece of a cedar split rail fence.The size doesn't matter but for stability, a wide base is preferred and the height shouldn't exceed 3 times the width of the base.
Prepare the blankI began by cutting one end roughly square then I cut out an 18' turning blank with my bandsaw.Now that the piece is a manageable size, choose the end you will use for the base and cut it so that it will stand up straight and flat and sand it smooth (I use a belt sander).
Mount the end you just sanded to a faceplate and mount it on your lathe with the tailstock...