Step 1: The making of Abigail starts with the twist, as in all my candlesticks. This video shows me turning the Honduran rosewood burl square round (!)
Step 2: This video shows that last part of the second run of the rope molding bit cutting the twist in the Honduran rosewood burl. This 1.5” x 1.5” x 12” turning square was $125, so I am holding my breath until the last of this cut is finished. One slip and this twist is ruined!
Step 3: Strips of chakte viga, African blackwood, camatillo, and cocobolo are cut to make the ‘Dizzy Base.
Step 4: Glue is applied
Step 5: The strips are clamped together.
Step 6: Rings are cut on the band saw from the glued block and attached to a flat board with double-sided tape so that they can be run through the drum sander. The Honduran rosewood twist and some tools are also in the photo.
Step 7: The ten rings have been stacked and glued onto a maple burl base. Each ring is rotated the same amount to achieve the "dizzy" effect.
Step 8: The base has been turned on the lathe and a hole has been drilled in the center to accept the dowel that will be glued between the base and the twist.
Step 9: Twelve staves of maple burl with purpleheart veneer of the crown have been glued together. The twelve African blackwood and twelve chakte viga plugs have been inserted.
Step 10: After turning the crown, gluing everything together, final sanding, and lots of polyurethane finish, Abigail is ready for you.” Note- because Honduran rosewood and cocobolo are listed in CITES appendix II, this candlestick cannot be sold outside of the United States.