In this video from The Homestead Craftsman, a husband and wife team up to create a revolutionary war soldier inspired nutcracker from what look to be boughs of a tree. And it actually cracks nuts! The entire process, set to Christmas music, took about a week.
Follow this with more work on the lathe: Making a traditional Japanese wooden Kokeshi Doll, making a baseball bat from rough-sawn lumber, and turning a brick of melted crayons on the lathe.
This is the 7th nutcracker my wife and I have made. We both use our strengths to come up with the design and the end result. The majority of the Nutcracker is turned on the lathe, body, legs, and arms. I also use many other tools, drill press, bandsaw, chisels, router, saws, drills, torches, grinders… It’s pretty much an all hands on deck project.
Then watch In Bavaria, Krampus Catches the Naughty.