Making 300 Walnut Christmas Ornaments

Making 300 Walnut Christmas Ornaments
Wesley saves Christmas! A client needed more than 300 solid walnut ornaments in time for Christmas, so that’s what they got.

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▶ The design is based on a metal piece by artist William Millsap, who passed away in December of 2017. The whereabouts of the original piece are unknown; only a photo exists. Designer Charlie Pruitt interpreted the piece as a digital topographic rendering, which I adapted to work as a wood carving.
▶ Running two blanks on the robot, yielding 7 ornaments each, took exactly 3 hours to carve.

Making 300 Walnut Christmas Ornaments

11 replies on “Making 300 Walnut Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Hallelujah, merry Christmas. 1 Corinthians 15:3-4

    3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;

    4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:

  2. Beautifully done and in my favorite walnut. The only problem I see with it is that it has to be just a display ornament.. it would be too heavy for a tree.

  3. What made the bugs run at 9:11 ? (look at the floor, left and right of the workbench)

  4. Wow, that was a pretty good sized production run …. you don't generally get to see too much of production process detail since most YT makers are making one off things, this is a nice change of perspective! Cheers!!

  5. If you had the CNC mill a slight indent at the divide between the pieces, you could mount a pin or dowel section on the tablesaw sled so the bar would snap into place for fast repeatable cuts, like with fingerjoints. If the indent is small enough it would be cut out by the saw with no trace. As long as the center point of the indent (assuming circular) is outside the wood, you can just dive in like a drill and it should be pretty quick, hopefully using time where you're working on something else anyway.

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