Huon Pine Ring Box by Lyn Maniz.
Approx 6 cm high and 5 cm diameter.
Huon pine is a tree native to Tasmania. It’s a pale wood when first cut, oxidizing to a warm honey colour over time. Huon Pine has oil instead of sap, making it a woodworkers dream. Lyn uses scrap wood from the furniture making industry, sourced mostly from drowned trees which do not rot, and are salvaged from dam construction from the eighties.
To make ring boxes, Lyn mounts a piece of Huon about 300 mm long onto the lathe and spindle turns it to a cylinder first. Then she makes blanks of each box, roughly turning the outside shapes, then finessing them with chisels and gouges before finishing them through several grades of sand paper. The outside of the case is finished with polish to bring up the luster of the wood. Lyn separates each case and lid from the lathe, forming the lid as she goes and then change chucks to hold each case and lid for finishing the inside. She drills the case out, working on the lathe, down through several drill bit sizes to minimize damage, and smooth the inside. Lyn finishes the lid to fit and smooth it with sandpaper. At this point the workshop smells divine because Huon is fragrant.
Then Lyn inserts the ring holders which are foam covered with velvet. Finished!
Lyn sweep the work area and keep the sawdust and chips from turning, which she uses for other projects including soap making and resin pen blanks.
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