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Wiedemann Christmas Tree Skew

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I can't seem to find a video on using the Wiedemann Christmas Tree Skew on line. I wonder if anyone knows of one or has experience using it? It looks like it's only available from Germany.

Does anyone here make trees like that?
 
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Are you referring to the method of making trees and flowers originating in Erzgebirge, so called Hard and Soft turning?
If so Alan Lacer in his 'Woodturning Projects & Techniques' book, details how to do this technique using a 3/4" or 1" skew that has been modified using a chainsaw blade grinding stone. This looks like the picture you linked.
 
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Here's a couple of ornaments where I used this technique. I'm certainly not an expert!
 

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Yep. I talked with Alan about this at a Marc Adams class. I tried a couple different woods, and tried soaking some basswood in water, per Alan's suggestion. Still a work in progress.
 

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I just made 20 come Greenwood flowers that are turned very similar to the christmas tree. I tried 2 skews, a Thompson v skew and my 3/8" thompson detail gouge. All worked about the same. So I'm not sure the tool has much to do with it.
 
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