Last winter I was wondering a Bloomington, Indiana antique mall. I love antique stores. I always have. During my lifetime my interests have shifted with my activities. On this trip I was searching for found objects that could be included in my birds and their mounts.
I brought home three croquet balls. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with them and they sat around my shop for the better part of a year before I began to explore the possibilities.
I wanted to use them to make hemispherical bases. I was a bit worried about cutting into them. Round objects can be problematic with power tools. It’s not unusual to have work grabbed out of the hand and flung across the shop (with forces!). Not only are flying objects dangerous, but they could very well pull hands and fingers into moving blades. I decided that I would use the bandsaw and proceed with great caution. Imagine my surprise when the seemingly hardwood balls cut like butter. I discovered that wooden croquet balls are, in fact, a composition composed of sawdust and glue.
I’ve since ordered croquet balls from Etsy. They seem to come in three styles: 3 inch ribbed with two white stripes, 3 inch smooth with two white stripes and 2 1/2 inch smooth with no stripes. I just purchased the latter, shown in the photograph above.
They’ve found their way into all kinds of work — always as bases. Take a look.