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Duck Pin Bowling

I never heard of Duck Pin Bowling until a friend’s son took it up and became a ranking player. On the edge of the alley there was a ball with a small chip.  I knew that I would be able to make a special gift out of that ball so I asked if I could have it. I drilled a hole into the chip and then with special tools hollowed out the interior. Then I turned a bowling pin as a finial lid. Finally I buffed and polished the old ball to restore the original luster.  It will be a surprise when he gets it back over the holidays.

This Duck Pin Bowling ball was a fun project to repurpose an item that was no longer useful for its original purpose. I am now looking for old bowling balls to see what I can do with them. Recently I got a hold of some vintage billiard balls and I am making them into desk clocks.  

When I began turning wood was the material for all my objects.  Then I started to make jewelry with resin and saw how easy it was to get beautiful and unique results turning resin. Next I added resin to my bowls and vases with color pencil inlay.  This is how I got the idea that I could turn a bowling ball.  Here is a bowl with a color pencil resin rim. Oak Bowl with a Colored Pencil Rim

Gift Ideas

Should you be looking for a special gift and you do not see it in my store there are many other choices at my Etsy Shop.


I make all my items in my Montvale, New Jersey, USA  studio.  My time is divided between the lathe and completing decorative processes performed at the workbench.  I may spend as much time at the bench refining the object as I did forming it at the lathe.


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