Our youngest son working hard during tear down at an event. He’s a very important part of the 57 Artifacts Team.
This morning I’m in 57 Artifacts’ “work room” (our name for the office) and from the shop I’m hearing one of the most heart warming sounds that a mother can hear – the murmuring of my husband, our youngest son and the lathe! At 14.5 years old our youngest son is entering the deep end of teenage-hood as he begins high school in a few weeks. Even though we’ve had 5 older children go through this journey before it’s a new adventure with each one. All too soon our youngest will be out on his own, this is one of those moments to cherish. (Happy Mom sigh!!!!)
Speaking of lathe sounds, Cliff has been in turning mode for the last two weeks. He’s turned handles for ice cream paddles, coffee scoops, vegetable peelers, bottle stoppers, pens and is working on candlestick designs. I’ll be getting a sampling of these items posted to our Etsy site within the next day or two.
Ceramic vegetable peeler with hand turned acrylic handle.
Amazing designs and details can be accomplished with a lathe and Cliff enjoys experimenting! We also incorporate features that people suggest or that we like to increase the utility of the piece or the visual appeal. The vegetable peeler above is a good example – see how the handle is “wavy”? This design feels good in your hand and is easy to hold on to securely while the peeler is being used. This design appears in a few different items and it’s one of our favorites. In fact it is modeled after the handle of our favorite ice cream paddle of the last 15 + years that recently broke from years of use. Cliff very carefully measured, calculated and sketched out the ergonomic details of our former ice cream paddle and has recreated many of its fine features (one of which is good leverage to scoop up ice cream that is frozen very hard!) in handles that he has recently turned. The ice cream lover in your family is sure to appreciate this design!
Of course a prototype was prepared and is being tested by our family, especially the teenage boy! Thus far the performance of the prototype is very good!!! Early test results indicate that the prototype ice cream paddle seems to prefer Moose Tracks ice cream. We’ll keep you posted on any further discoveries.
Blessings to you,