That was the challenge issued from the Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild for November. Such challenges are never to be taken lightly, they are, after all, proclaimed by the Guild’s President. Four turned napkin rings, here we go.
First of all, off to find silk fine enough for the micro napkins. Next, choose a wood with long fibres that lends itself to hollowing out the centre out of the napkin rings without breaking. I typically use birch for this scale (1:48), which is even strong enough for the plywood used to build aeroplanes.
Finally, a suitable surround to show off the rings: a candelabra dinner setting for four! The other wood I used (for the plates and wine bottle) is purpleheart. The table frame and top are built up of strips of quartersawn cherry, the legs are turned from birch.