Turning Spindles

Turning pine spindles on a lathe Turning on a lathe is not as easy as it sounds... if it sounds easy that is.  

What a pine spindle looks like

Over all my first spindle is fine.  I will be making a bunch for the loft and stairs.  

The goal is that they will all be different.  

I am working with pine because that is what the house is made of.  The choice is proving to be very difficult.  Pine is very soft and because I have a harder time being able to tell if I am riding the bevel.  Often my chisel will just rip a chunk of fiber out.  

Detail: Pine stair baluster