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Making colorful textured spinning tops on a lathe

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To create colorful textured spinning tops, Florida-based woodworker Darryl Jones of Dread Knot Woodshop uses special micro texturing tools while turning wood on a lathe. This seven-minute, mostly-wordless demonstration video shares his turning, texturing, and coloring techniques.

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The textured woodturning tools are by Robert Sorby, an almost 200-year-old Sheffield, England-based company. Jones has previously used water-based markers to color his tops as they spin, but demonstrates with more saturated Sharpies in this video.

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Find Dread Knot Woodshop on YouTube and Instagram.

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