These are thin boards of yellowheart and African ebony glued together to form two blocks.
Each block has been sliced into four layers on the band saw, and concentric circles have been drawn on each layer. In this photo, the half-circles are being cut out with a thin blade on the band saw.
All of the half circles have been glued together to form 13 rings.
This slow-motion video shows me turning the assembled base on the lathe. The rings have been stacked together and each has been rotated a small amount to achieve the “dizzy” pattern. A solid piece of yellowheart forms the base.
The base has been turned and the “dizzy” pattern is revealed.
This slow-motion video shows the crown being turned. The crown is composed of 12 alternating staves of yellowheart and blackwood.
The partially turned crown. There are additional pieces of yellowheart and blackwood above and below the staves. The yellow shavings are an example of what I include in a plastic bag with each candlestick to give the buyer an idea of texture and aroma of the wood. In this case, I recommend smelling the sweet blackwood rather than yellowheart, as the latter stinks like insecticide (a natural deterrent to tropical bugs?).
Drilling the hole for the tenon to attach the twist to the base.
The completed components on the drill press ready to be glued together and sanded prior to the long process of finishing.
And the completed Candlestick. To see Dana and to purchase go to: Dana