This one is my daughter’s favorite ornament of all my recent ornaments. It used a piece of scrap walnut and other left over thin wood strips to create random angle slices in the body. This I call my “Saturn” style.

For this ornament, it is important to drill a center hole entirely through the ornament. Then insert a dowel in the hole to keep the pieces aligned when gluing. Unfortunately, then the dowel has to be drilled out again after each slice is glued to align the next cut. With the final slice, I still drill out the center to hold the finials in place.

The woods are walnut, maple, honey locust, oak and padauk finished with shellac friction polish.

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

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