His reply: "What's a 'bangle'?"
So, I explained to my backwoods Daddy what they were, and what I had in mind. He proceeded to make me a very simple maple one (which you watch in action here). This bangle, of course led to many more ideas, which challenged my Dad. And, well, you know men and challenges... ;)
Anyway, I've been waiting for these for MONTHS - only because Dad's lathe was out of commission for that length of time, resulting in a minor case of cabin fever for the old guy, but he's over it now - and I finally got them this morning. Nearly darn well tripped over the parcel actually, the delivery guy had literally left it ON my doorstep. Ass over teakettle, that would've been cute, eh? Oy!
Here are the ones I photographed today. But no photograph or computer screen could do these justice. None of these have been died in any fashion, the only thing added was tung oil, to add luster and bring out the natural grain of the wood.
These have been made as per my specifications: I wanted them wide, multi-colored, embellished, and since they are to be this wide, I also asked him to make them 'tapered' (one end opening a bit wider than the other), so the wearer can slide it up her arm and still feel comfortable with it on. I think these are still in prototype mode, as I'd like to see if we can't design one with a more aggressive taper. Also, Dad doesn't seem to think that these are quite up to snuff. He thought he could make better ones... I say they're pretty darn outstanding!
I've got a few surprises up my sleeve with these babies. Dad and I have been discussing some design ideas, and so far, I'm pretty impressed with what he's sent me. I'm seriously considering opening his own Etsy account. I've even got the banner done (at top), what do you think?