My goal this Christmas season was not to buy anything mass-produced. I half-succeeded. For my family, I made a sculptural clock, wooden vases, and turned fridge magnets; each of the items required something mass-produced.
For my brother, I made a clock using black locust for the upright and phenolic, grained to look like ebony, for the face. The prismatic form of the upright was inspired by the work of Warton Esherick.
Though I needed to buy the clock movement, I made the wooden hands from black locust.
For my mother, I made a set of three dogwood vases.
To allow the vases to hold water, I bored holes and dropped in stainless steel tubes which I bought.
I also turned some knobs from 3/4″ square off-cuts from pen blanks (and one bigger one). I installed 3/8″ diameter rare-earth magnets in their bases so they can be used as fridge magnets.
This year, we had a gathering of nine for a wonderful Christmas dinner. This was the first time Relationship Study saw use (yes, it’s still available for purchase). The table seats 10 comfortably and everyone was grateful for the shape which allowed everybody to see everybody else.