To everything turn, turn, turn…Woodturning- a new passion!


Rick is teaching me to wood-turn on a lathe. I’ve wanted to learn for several years now. We took a pottery class together last year and I loved that. This  has a similar “organic” feel. What I mean by organic is that the process feeds itself, you start out with one idea and things happen along the way that may lead you in another direction.

So far I have made 4 small french rolling pins for pastry. I made two of Cocobolo Wood, one of Olive Wood and one of East Indian Rosewood. I have given two away in blogging related gifts. The first one I made went to April at Cookworm, my Blogging by Mail partner. The next went to my friend Vali of Lama School for A Creative way to Pay it Forward . It is not easy to part with the first tiny creations of this new passion but I can’t think of better reason to do so.

I have two more Pay it Forward recipients to go and some other friends have made requests- so on I will turn. I am never happier than when I am learning and practising an art that creates something both beautiful and useful. Plus combine that with making tools for the kitchen and I am all over it! 😉


Thank you, thank you my dear sweet for teaching me something so fun!

I bought some new wood yesterday to make several more. I can’t wait to get the gauges out and get going. Oh yes! And one of these days there will be a salad bowl in my future…



  1. Gabi says:

    Peabody- Thank you xoxo

    TW- Thanks so much what a woman you are 🙂

    Tanna- Thank you!

    Jaime- Thanks!

    Wow you guys are so supportive- I really appreciate it!


  2. Tempered Woman says:

    wait-omg- so you like MADE THOSE!?! Holy moly that is too darn cool. You have elevated food blogs to a whole nother level- ha! Absolutely gorgeous and very very cool indeed.

  3. Gabi says:

    Thanks Maryann! I would love to see some of your carvings. I’d like to do that too!

  4. Maryann says:

    Hi Gabi!
    Those are beautiful and you are so generous.
    I used to carve in wood and found it very gratifying. Great hobby and you have talent 🙂

  5. Gabi says:

    Baking Soda, Thank you!- The shiny surface is mineral oil. I was in the process of finishing them with this oil-which is food safe. The wood reveals its beauty when the oil is soaking in a little more than when they are dry.

    LisaRene- Thank you- I am really enjoying thinking of all the possiblilties.

  6. LisaRene says:

    Beautiful! Nice work! How great to have a new hobby and ideal that you can incorporate it with your love of cooking.

  7. baking soda says:

    Gorgeous! So nice and shiny, love the different “knobs” on the outer ends. What fun to be able to make such beautiful -and usefull!- things. Can’t wait for the salad bowl

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