It has been years since I have turned anything on a lathe, but when I got a request to make a gavel I thought I would give it a try. I borrowed a friend’s mini-lathe, with the understanding that I would sharpen his set of turning tools in exchange. I glued up some stuff from my scrap box — an assortment of white oak, padouk, katata and ash.
I found out something about the block, or “sound block,” as it is sometimes called. By hollowing out underneath, you can make the sound much louder.
The finish is just a light Danish oil treatment, followed by a couple coats of Renaissance Wax.
Here is the result: