Paul Schroeder sent in a write up about his foray into natural edge ornaments.
Earl Eidem has made a beautiful cane for a family member.
I was scanning some woodturning sites looking for Christmas ornament ideas, when I saw some ornaments with small “natural edge” bowls as the ornament top. I knew I had some smaller diameter birch logs I had force spalted.
I turned the small natural edge bowls and drilled them to fit finials. I then did multi layers of analine dies. The spalted birch, really drew in the die, I had hoped for a bit more iridescent color. I think the wood was a bit too soft. The finials are turned from elm and died with black leather die (Genge Ebony).Though I might not make this style of ornament again, the small natural edge bowls were fun to knock out, and finials are always good to refine your tool control.
The handle on this cane is made from Walnut, Cherry, and Maple. The body of the cane is from Maple and an unknown hardwood that has been in my shop for some time.