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We’ve probably all had a go at turning fruit. Tonight Chris showed us how to turn apples and pears properly.
Pear out of beech …
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Chris uses a friction chuck (described below) to complete the turning of fruit. This has a hole right through into which a round ended stick can be inserted both to help centralise the fruit when inserted and also to free the fruit when finished.
The top three quarters of the pear was completed including sanding etc whilst supported by the headstock and tailstock in the conventional way and then inserted into the friction chuck so that indent in the bottom could be turned and the bottom quarter sanded and finished.
With the pear removed drill a hole at a slight angle in the top of the pear to take either a homemade stalk out of, say, laburnum or a dried actual stalk from a pear. With the bottom drilled centrally insert a clove to finish off the pear.
Friction chuck …
Chris makes several sizes of friction chuck to suit different sizes of fruit. The same size could be used for both apples and pears but Chris suggested that smaller sized apples were more attractive. Oak, ash and beech are suitable materials out of which to make a friction chuck.
The steps to making the friction chuck were …
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Apple out of beech …
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Thanks to Chris for this straightforward and methodical explanation of the fruit making process. I certainly will now be able to enhance the appearance of my next batch of apples and pears.