Some New Work.

Most of January was spent in my shop creating a piece for the Saskatchewan Wooworkers Guild. Some younger members are breathing new life into the annual ‘Wood Show’ and want to have a Mini Golf section and ‘Club Car’ races at the show to try and attract a younger audience. This seemed like such a good idea I agreed to make a ‘Windmill’ for the mini golf. After solving a number of technical issues in my regular middle of the night aha moments the piece came together. The globe on top is a piece of Ash I have had in my shop for 10+ years. I made it thin enough that the carved letters would glow from the LED bulb inside. The body is regular 2×8 spruce cut on an angle and then decorated with paint and a wood burner to give a ‘brick look’. An old barbecue rotisserie causes the blades to turn at just the right speed. When you get the ball past the turning blades it enters a hole and comes out the back of the windmill. The golf clubs are fashioned from diamond willow. I turned the ‘golf balls’ on my lathe from various woods and one from a plastic resin given to me by a friend.

My friends assure me that I don’t need to panic from an expected rush of golf pros all wanting a ‘Diamond Willow’ golf club.

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  1. Linda Hay March 4, 2020 at 8:18 pm #

    This is an amazing piece. Your wood working skills and your ingenuity came together perfectly.

  2. Nola Leighton February 17, 2020 at 8:11 pm #

    That windmill is so ingenious. You must have had many “aha” middle -of -the -night moments! Have always loved diamond willow so I, a non golfer, am very partial to those crooked clubs. They are lovely.

  3. Joanne M Sauvageau February 16, 2020 at 5:51 am #


  4. Miranda Jones February 15, 2020 at 6:39 am #

    I don’t know Trent.. those diamond willow clubs might be just what I need to give me an ‘edge’ on the course! (Although, not even having a wedge , i might be needing more than an ‘edge’!) Haha.
    The windmill is awesome and could make an attractive fan in summer!

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