On Wed, 5 Jan 2005 19:45:44 -0500, "Alexander Galkin"
"Practical" and "home" ? Well, if you mean "possible to make" and
"no-one is counting the labour costs" then yes.
You do a split turning, where two pieces of timber are stuck together
across a layer of brown kraft paper. Then you dry it (doh!), then you
turn it, then you split them apart again. This is fairly common for a
lot of Jacobean oak work - half spindles as decoration on the front of
As to the ropework, then it's a form of "barley sugar" turning, which
I'm sure you can find through Google or that paper-book-stuff. It's
less carving, and more like carving a piece held in the lathe and
turned gently by hand. The spiral is marked out in pencil beforehand,
then you shape it with a gouge. There are also router lathes (a fairly
simple jig) to hog off much of the timber under power, if you're
making big stuff.