Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Turning Handles

Our dad is turning on his lathe.  He's making handles for chisels and for slicks.  A slick is like a very long chisel only you push it to remove wood instead of pounding it with a mallet.  Slicks have very long handles.   The last two tools to the far right in the picture below are slicks. 

 Dad started out with square stock and he's making it round. 


 This is a chisel handle made out of oak.  Dad is sanding it while the lathe is spinning.  It's much faster this way.  You can't tell that the lathe is spinning but it is. 
 Molly and mom put boiled linseed oil on the handles to give them some color before the finish is applied.
Break time!
The chisels are looking good after two coats of treatment~
 Tiger maple slick~
 These two slick handles are oak.  Dad put an ebony stain on them for something a little bit different. 
 You all know what this wood is by now☺
 Our slick trunk.  It's full of slicks for the students to use when dad teaches his timber frame class. 
 Angel Whooper is enjoying the snow and the sunshine. 

And the black swans are enjoying the sunshine too.  Dad put hay down on the ice for them and they're loving it. 


 Back to work~~~


So until next time.............

Love ya lots♥
Mitch and Molly

26 comments:

Julie said...

Okay, now Dad's drooling again, don't think he's recovered from the wood photos! I think I'll send him over for the timber frame class, he's sulking 'cos he hasn't got a lathe!
Luffs the swans!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xx

Dougall-the-Scottie said...

There are some of them black swans at a local park, one tried to bite me peep last week... oh dear!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

Thanks for that. We don't know much....well, anything about woodworking tools. Very interesting.

We're laughing at the swan....looks like it's swimming in the snow.

Gus said...

Lovely lathes, slick sticks, charming chisels, and sweet swans

And the apple looks good too

gus n teka

Susie Q said...

Hi Mitch & Molly you all look so busy with work and your Dad's handles look great on the new tools. Love snack time, Treacle loves apples too. Hope the swans feet don't freeze to the ice. Hugs, Susie x

Molly TheWally said...

Cool tools and enjoy the sunshine. Have a wonderful Wednesday.
Best wishes Molly

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

You always have the most Interesting and INFORMATIVE posts. We love this stuffs... those are Beautiful handles.

Good to see your birdies again.

Sully said...

My granddad would love all the wood work your dad does. Granddad made his own sawmill and he makes his own lumber for his different projects. He built a murphy bed out of cedar for their cabin it's really pretty. So glad you shared some photos of the swans. I sure would like to give them a good chase.

Aroo to you,
Sully

Aroo to you,
Sully

Studio at the Farm said...

Beautiful photos of the swans!!! I can't believe all that snow and ice!
I know you two would love to play in those hay bales with Maggie. She has so much fun, it;s hard to get her to come out :)
Kathryn

Momo and Pinot said...

Your daddy's work is always very interesting. Something ours can't do and we enjoy looking at it very much!

Oh, birdies are beautiful!

Momo & Pinot xo

Reilly-Denny Cowspotdogs said...

those are beautiful handles and beautiful swans. We have our paws crossed that maybe this years you get some baby swans...remember you have to call one Perth - that is where they originally come from - Perth in Australia where they live on the Swan River.

Dory and the Mama said...

Such wonderful beauty in yur post today!! We think your Dad does wonderful woodworking...and those swans are gorgeous!!
Smileys!
Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

The Army of Four said...

Those handles are so beautiful! And we were so happy to see your birdie friends! I know your mom and dad do a LOT to care for them - especially in the cold, cold weather!
Cammie!

Two French Bulldogs said...

Wow he could make tools!!
Lily & Edward

Ruby said...

Your Pop ROCKS!!! I loves seein' him do his wood work and makin' those handles! I didn't knows that there were two different kinds of 'chisels' I thought they were all called chisels..pffft! Shows you what I knows! Ma does want a lathe though...she thinks she could make all kinds of cool stuffs! Butts you got to tell her that it's harder than it looks...kinda like skydivin'...(don't ask...)
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

stellaroselong said...

Those swans are so beautiful, boy your dad is very talented, if that was our dad he would be armless and maybe headless...it would not be a pretty site.
stella rose

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Those handles are so nice - your Dad does beautiful work, just like your Mom.

Glad the swans were able to enjoy the snow and ice too.

Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

Susie and Sidebite said...

Our Dad loved looking at the lathe pic......he said he took wood working in school and had a blast.......we kinda like break time best!

The Mad Scots

Kess And Her Mama said...

Amazing woodwork! You have a very talented dad. Thumbs up!

Helen said...

Your Dad is very talented. My grandfather was a carpenter and one of my uncles is a cabinet maker. It's amazing what you can make from a block of wood.

KB Bear said...

Your Dad is amazing. Those are gorgeous handles. It seems like art to me - making really beautiful things from wood.

I'm glad that you two and the swans are all doing well.

Millie and Walter said...

Our dad is very jealous of your dad's tools.

Jacobi said...

Dear Mitch and Molly,

Wow, your dad is magic! Not only does he make fancy beautiful sticks, but he also made an apple appear in your mouth! I think I would like to meet your dad!

Licks,
Cobi

Freya Rose Blossom said...

Your dad is a talented guy. Also thoughtful for putting the hay down for some extra warmth and comfort for those extra large big feet.
Luvs Freya Rose Blossom x

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Your dad really has some skills doesn't he?
WOW!
And now we see that beautiful swans,,, sooo beautiful too
love
tweedles

Sweet William The Scot said...

I was watching This Old House on television the other day and the guy was using a slick to push wood to make a design to match one that was on the other post of a porch. Funny know I see one here.
Thanks for being a friend
Sweet William The Scot