Dear Santa

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #1

Dear Santa,

Once again we have reached the season of the magnificent sleigh ride, letters containing dreams, lights, trees and the most terrible, awful, rancid, music ever created.

I know it’s early but I decided to beat the rush and send this letter early so you would have the time to give it the special consideration it deserves.

I know in the past we haven’t always seen eye to eye on my behavior as demonstrated by the years of coal, potatoes, rocks, and stones under the tree Christmas morning. However I have made serious attempts and taken great effort to rectify this. Several years ago I sent this letter explaining what I had done with my gifts:

Dear Santa,

I have put my gifts to good use over the last several years. With the stones and rocks I have created a very nice housing complex for those that need a place to rest, live and sleep. I heat it with the large supply of coal, which we also use to cook the potatoes and share with everyone. I’ve really learned to care more about my fellow man. You’ve shown me that.

I would truly appreciate a nice new metal yoyo of a superior nature, that feels awesome in the hand, catches the eye, and impossible to put down.

Thank You!

Skitrz (Caring human)

Do you remember what I got for that effort? A Red Rider BB gun! I was so excited even though I hadn’t asked for a Red Rider BB gun there it was! Why did you give me such a gift? I know, I had been good, well that’s what I thought until I shot my eye out! Yeah you got me good!

This year I have been good once again. I have polished the rocks and stones and sold them, I supply power plants all across the country with coal, and with the potatoes, free french fries for all. I’d say that’s pretty good and worthy of a yoyo of a superior nature, that feels awesome in the hand, catches the eye, and is impossible to put down.

What did I do with the money from the polished rocks and stones? I bought plasitc yoyo’s for hundreds of people to try.

Remember when you load the sleigh, yoyos aren’t near as heavy as potatoes, rocks and stones, and coal. Give the reindeer a break and just load a yoyo.

Thank you!

Skitrz (Needs a yoyo)


Did you get coal again?

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #3

Nope but I wasn’t so good that I got a yoyo either. However, I did receive lathe tools and some special wood to make yoyos, I guess he forgot that I know how to do that. Then maybe he didn’t, hmmm, another Christmas mystery. :santa:

(Spinworthy Glen) #4

Oh nice! What tools and wood?

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #5

I received a complete set of Rockler carbide chisels, and as for wood, got a nice chunk of myrtle as well as a few banksia nuts/pods. I thought I might experiment with the pods by filling the pores with colored resin or brass. It’s going to be a messy, messy, job though. I actually really like finished banksia without the seed pockets being filled, just not certain how closely I could match the halves.

(Spinworthy Glen) #6

Funny to hear of an American turning banksia pods. I somehow thought that only Aussies would bother turning something like that. They must be pretty gnarly to turn. Are that really hard? I’ve never turned one personally.

(Spinworthy Glen) #7

Yeah, that really does sound messy!

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #8

They’re really messy even without filling the seed holes. The seeds fly everywhere. If you try it I’d recommend using a glove on the hand next to the tool rest. The flying seeds and bugs are a bit painful. You have to get rid of that red fuzz as well so a respirator is a good idea.

(Spinworthy Glen) #9

Never used carbide chisel myself, but they lool like they remove a lot of wood effectively and stay sharp for a while.

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #10

My favorite carbide is the hollowing tool. Carbide doesn’t take the skill regular chisels do. I really do like using regular chisels but sometimes carbide is sweet!

(Spinworthy Glen) #11

Yeah. A carbide hollower would take out a lot of wood really quickly.

I got a scroll chuck for Christmas. I’ve never used one before, I’ve always just made my own chucks for whatever I need to turn. So glad I got it though, it makes a lot of things much easier.

(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #12

I’m really excited for you! Chucks are the best!

({John15}) #13


(⛷ Noisy Lurker) #14

Well come on over @smileypants707 and we’ll make some sawdust!