Turning Challenge. Rectangular blank

Here is a turning a made a while back I call a butterfly box. I used a rectangular blank of Apple wood for the base and the lid was turned from a separate piece.  It is easier than it might appear. Yes, you could turn a round blank and cut the sides of but where it the challenge there? 

 I found that if I glued a piece of "waste" wood to the side of the block before I started I could avoid possible tear outs as the tool exited the open side of the wood. If have also used this technique on square blanks in a similar design....only they end up with 4 legs. 


Looks nice Les I saw similar turnings on line and it takes some skill to turn those shapes. 

James McIntyre

cool turning les. id probably end up with black and blue hands or have it thrown across the room.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Cool Les, nicely done turning. I have tried a square one, but the wings ended up shorter, need to give it a try again.

Main Street to the Mountains



That had to be scary to turn.  Beautiful job.
Great job! The idea of turning that scares the bajeezus outta me!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Skill level is above my grade.    Nicely done.


Real nice piece, Less. That if fun turning air!!

Cheers, Jim ........................ Variety is the spice of life...............Learn something new every day

Thanks folks. Just though I would post a challenge for those getting bored with pens and bowls.
It really is not that hard, you just need to take care where your hands and fingers are.

Jim J.  I go by Les  not less or more....LOL