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Hourglass


Monday 9 July 2018

Following on from last month's article on simple copy turning, I am now going to show you how to make an hourglass. I have chosen a classic design that is stable and would equally look good as an ornament.

We have a daughter who plays many instruments. Like most parents in this position, nagging about levels of practise often leads to tension so I decided to make her an hourglass, a 30 minute timer she can use for her practise. She is currently studying towards her diploma in classical clarinet and after music college, she hopes to teach and intends to use this piece to time her lessons.

This project is all about repetition and creating multiple components that appear to be the same as each other. The answer is to get the key dimensions identical so that when assembled, they appear to be exactly the same. If you look closely at hand- turned stair spindles, they will be similar but not identical.

I chose European walnut for this project as it is dry, stable and easy to turn and as time passes, you will notice that it ages superbly.