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Occasionally the Unusual: Part 2

Sometimes I wonder if I can figure out how to even make it!

There have been a lot of very interesting, and sometimes very strange, things which folks have wanted me to make for them. Many have been quite a challenge in figuring out how to make them. I hope to keep adding to this article as new, interesting, and unusual requests come in.

Maple rings to use in the top of a Torah mantle for the scroll handles to stick through
My first customer for these rings to the left was a lady who made Torah mantles and other things for the synagogue full time. These weren't just Torah mantles, but TORAH MANTLES. They were beautiful and very elegant. She has now retired so has taken down her web site. Since these mantles go over the scroll upon which the Torah is rolled, the handles of the scroll stick up through the top of the mantle. My wood rings go in those holes, sort of like grommets. Since that first batch of 100, I have made about another hundred, some for her and some for other customers who have made from one to three or four mantles. If you would like for me to make them for you, let me know at

A large electrical insulator pattern "turned" into a shop stool
The picture on the right is of a shop stool, but it didn't start out that way. A company which duplicates hard to find electrical insulators for power companies asked me to make a pattern for one so they could use it to cast a mold by which they could duplicate the insulator. This was my first one and I made a 3/16" error so started over. Having this piece in the shop for several weeks finally led me to turn it into a shop stool by putting a seat and a wider base on it. The actual insulator pattern was about twice this tall, and I made several others, both large and small. As you can imagine, this stool gets a lot of comments in the shop.

Another unusual thing I made was a replacement roller for the rear of an antique push mower. You know, the kind with no motor and you have to actually push it along the yard to make the cutters spin to cut the grass. I used mahogany since that would be pretty weather resistant. I haven't talked to that customer in quite awhile so don't know how it is working (I think he actually uses a riding lawn mower!).