Monday, April 27, 2009

MH TurnStyles: newest bangle collection

For those of you who've been visiting me for a while, you'll remember that my Dad took up wood turning a few years back. During my last visit there, which coincided with my birthday, he asked me what I would like him to make me as a gift. Being a 'Man's Man', he, of course, offered to make me a "bowl or something?". He actually never expected my reply of "A bangle! Ooh, Dad, would you make me a bangle? Do you think you can?"
His reply: "What's a 'bangle'?"

LOL!

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!




Mahogany/Maple combo



Black Walnut/Maple with a little central 'bead' detail


In action


Padauk/Maple





Maple/Black Walnut with shell inlay detail
(dad collects the shells by the river banks by his place)


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?

8 comments:

Christina said...

Wow! They are amazing! I especially like the one with the shell inlay. That's a great idea. You guys make a good team!

Elena Adams said...

Those are just fantastic! I love the Padauk/Maple one. He should definitely sell them. I think they'd do really well (and I'm going to start dropping hints for my birthday as soon as he launches).

Jewels said...

Thanks Christina, I'll make sure to tell Dad so :)
He still balks when I call him a bona fide artist. His usual "You think so?" answer always makes me shake my head.

Jewels said...

Thank you Elena.

Well, the photographs and banner are done, now I just need to start working on a bio and away we go!
I told him today I was opening an online store for him. He's excited. I'll keep you posted ;)

Lindsey Fair said...

They are so cool. I love the one with seashells!

Jodie said...

Those are Rock Star Sexy!

Jewels said...

Lindsay, I've got one sitting on my beading table right now, getting the 'beady' treatment. SO can't wait to show it off!
Thanks for commenting! :)

Jewels said...

Jodie, I know eh?
They're so freakin' cool! ;)