And here I’ve finished the final objects. I have, perhaps, crowded too many objects there and should have left more thin stems. I guess that comes from experience.

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Of course at that point your turning is so fragile that you cannot remove it from the lathe! The solution is to introduce it into a glass tube. You had, of course, slid that glass tube over your turned cylinder at the very beginning of this process to be sure that your outer diameter was correct and that all of your turned objects would fit inside your tube. Find someone to help you as you one by one cut the string on each string steady and gently slide your finished trembleur into the glass tube.

Here Jean-Francois is helping another student remove his trembleur.

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We turned a small (1/2 inch) tendon on the very end of the trembleur. That tendon must be glued into the cap which you now turn to finish the end of your tube, before you can stand your trembleur vertical. Finally a base is turned that will hold your tube firmly. Remember though, that wood can still move, so don’t make your cap or stand too precisely tight, that the shrinking wood could break the glass – leave a little shrinkage room.

Congratulations your trembleur is done.

Here I am with Jean-Francois and my finished trembleur, 34 inches long. Also my practice trembleurs as examples of other possibilities.

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Other examples on display at the Escoulen School of Woodturning.

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