I have added my ebook, "Wood Shells - A New Art Form". This ebook gives detailed instructions on how to make very unique wood shells like the ones I have made. They are made using a scrollsaw and/or bandsaw along with a few miscellaneous tools for shaping, sanding, etc... I don't think that anyone who has seen the construction process would say that it is difficult, but it does take some patience. Lots of people have asked for this so here it is! This is not just the most basic technique, it covers the modifications I have made to it over the years to include the advanced techniques used for the shells shown on this page.
4/10/2012 - I have an article in the Summer 2012 issue of Scrollsaw Woodworking and Craft magazine that shows how to make a basic shell. It will be on newwstands starting in the middle of April until sometime in July. If you'd like to try it out before buying the full version ebook then this is a good way to get a feel for how it works and decide whether or not you like it. The full version describes how to change the height to width ratio of a shell to make shells that are taller and narrower than a shell made with the basic method. If you have a copy of the magazine and would like to go to my technical support page, then click here.
Try the "Lite" version first. This will give you the basics of the technique so you can try it out before deciding whether or not you want to try the full version. The price can be edited by you.
Want a discount? A discount is applied automatically when you buy more than one ebook. Save $6, $10, or $15 - no discount code needed.
I made the shell pictured above in November 2013 out of a piece of southern yellow pine construction lumber. It measures 6" maximum diameter. The texture was created using a small wire wheel turned with a flex-shaft tool at 20,000+ rpm. The lighter colored layers are softer than the golden brown, so the wire-brush cuts it down faster. After the wire-brushing, I used a sanding mop mounted in a drill press to sand away the scratches. Then it was buffed to its finish you see here. A 30 inch long piece of 2x4 provides enough wood to make two shells this size.