It’s the season to dig out the holiday ornaments. Your favorites may have been gifts, ornaments handmade with love by a child, or treasures you made when you were a child and kept all these years. Perhaps you display ornaments year round to bring a little joy and sparkle to those dark winter months. Here at Ted’s Woodshop we enjoy ornaments, too, crafting each one with care and skill so that they will have an honored spot in your home.
We have a selection of ornaments available through our online store and seasonally in Homer, Alaska, at Ptarmigan Arts Gallery on Pioneer Avenue. Here are some of our favorites.
For 2016, Ted came up with two flat (1/16″) ornaments that are reminiscent of patchwork quilting designs. A lot of precision cutting and gluing went into these.
The turned acorns from 2015 continue to be popular this year. Turned from cherry with a walnut cap, these little cuties look great as solo ornaments or in a group.
Sputnik sea urchin shells make great holiday ornaments. Check out our blog article on how these beauties are made. Each is unique, both in the color and shape of the shell and in the contrasting woods that Ted selects for the top and bottom caps and the icicle finials.
The sea urchin ornaments are not as fragile as they appear. The wooden caps on the top and bottom of each shell add stability, and several coats of spray-on gloss finish add a little extra protection. Each comes with a sturdy cardboard storage box.
Ted uses a hollowing tool on some of the ornaments. The hollow top orb lessens the weight. Your tree branches will thank you for that.
There is a market for turned pulls for ceiling fans or antique-style lamps, but we figured that there are not nearly as many ceiling fans in Alaska as there are Christmas trees. We decided to convert some of the wooden fan pulls into holiday ornaments. They are sturdy, easy for little kids to handle, and look beautiful on a tree.
From Ted’s Woodshop, we wish you and yours very Happy Holidays.
Beth and Ted