Woodturning an eyeball

Accomplished woodworker and YouTube sensation Frank Howarth shows how he turned a wooden eyeball from maple, cherry, birch, walnut, and ebony. The white of the eye is maple composed of 10 segmented rings. The iris is cherry, birch, and walnut in a fine segmented ring. The pupil is a piece of ebony. 

He explains that he first made the iris ring and then trued it up using his CNC router. The eyeball itself is a segmented glue-up that he turned manually on the lathe using a three-axis method to achieve a perfect sphere.

For a finish, he used two coats of lacquer followed by two coats of wax to obtain a wet-look shine. Watch the video below.

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William Sampson

William Sampson is a lifelong woodworker, and he has been an advocate for small-scale entrepreneurs and lean manufacturing since the 1980s. He was the editor of Fine Woodworking magazine in the early 1990s and founded WoodshopBusiness magazine, which he eventually sold and merged with CabinetMaker magazine. He helped found the Cabinet Makers Association in 1998 and was its first executive director. Today, as editorial director of Woodworking Network and FDMC magazine he has more than 20 years experience covering the professional woodworking industry. His popular "In the Shop" tool reviews and videos appear monthly in FDMC.