LACERŐS SKEW WARMUPS

 

Suggested wood type and dimensions: something soft and dry such as alder, poplar or pine, approximately 1 ¾Ó square and 5Ó to 6Ó in length.

 

BLOCK #1:

Remove corners from ½ the length using a planing method, the other half by peeling.

 

Turn the block to an even cylinder using a planing cut. 

 

From the middle, taper the bock down to a straight taper just slightly larger than the drive center; do the same to the other half.  

 

Turn the block back into a small cylinder.

 

Avoid hitting the drive centers  (leave larger diameters at the ends); turn as small a cylinder as possible. 

 

BLOCK #2:

Turn a cylinder from the block.

 

For 1/3rd of the length create VŐs that are below the diameter of the cylinder

For another 1/3rd of the length create VŐs that are proud of the surface

 

For the remaining portion of the cylinder create several individual micro beads, then a grouping of three or four micro beads

 

Face off both ends of the cylinder with shoulder cuts.

 

 

BLOCK #3:

Create a square shouldered pommel on one end of the square, a rounded shouldered pommel on the other end.

 

Peel into the middle to create space for two more pommels.   Do a rounded pommel on the left side, a lambŐs tongue/ogee shouldered pommel on the other. 

 

 

BLOCK #4

Turn the block into a cylinder.   Starting at the left, lay out three beads approximately 1Ó wide, then three 7/8Ó wide, then three ¾Ó wide, then three ½Ó wide. 

 

 

 

 

BLOCK #5

Turn the block to a cylinder.   In the middle turn a 3/8Ó wide bead that is proud of the cylinder.   Using saucer cuts, cut the bead free of the cylinder.  

 

Using a coving cut, trap the bead within a deep cove.

 

On the side near the headstock, about ½ Ň from the end, make a series of V cuts.    Round over the end of the remaining stock that is close to the V cut.   With a series of V cuts, part off the stock leaving a nice rounded end. 

 

 

 

 

BLOCK #6

Find a blank with one or more large, solid knots.   Plane the square into a rounded shape being careful around the knots.   Try to cut the knots as cleaning as possible by using a planing method.   Vary the angle of presentation and a very slow feed rate.   Complete by light scraping across the knot.