Preparing for this year’s Christmas Ornament Challenge, this hand bell was inspired by a presentation by Robin Costelle at the Segmented Woodturning Symposium.

However, it does deviate from his bell in that it has multiple layers or rings.

The wood in the bell is maple, cherry, walnut, yellow heart, and red oak. The handle is gum. The bell and handle are finished with shellac friction polish.

Strips of wood are first laminated into a solid block. In turn, this block was cut at 45 degree angles to make 2 rings with complementary patterns. After these rings were glued, they were resawn into thirds, making six layers. These layers were then stacked alternately and glued with maple veneer in between.

The bell is about 3 inches in diameter and 7 inches tall including the handle.

The Christmas Ornament Challenge entry period is the month of November 2018. All crafts are invited. No video required. See for rules and entry procedures.


Music: Traumerei by Shumann performed by Becky Schlappi. Used with permission.

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