I haven't posted much lately but I have been busier that heck.
I got asked if I could make a "display" softball bat for my graduating niece and teammates to give to their softball coach.
I choose to use hickory because I knew it would look pretty when finished and it carves well without chipout. First I glued up boards to give me a 3 x3 x 36" blank which I planed down to 2 3/4 x 2 3/4 (I googled the diameter of an official girl's softball bat)
Next I ripcut the blank into a hexagon and made a carrier sled to hold the long blank firmly in my Carvewright. I then designed three little programs to route the text, rotating the hexagon in the sled between each program run. This gave me a long hexagon with text on three of the six sides.
I then put the blank on my lathe and turned the bat using a picture of a bat on the lathe to eyeball the shape. As I got closer to "round" some of the outside edges of the text started to be "erased" with my turning tools so I would periodically stop and reroute using a dremel to maintain the outside of the letters.
Finished with shellac, sharpie, and shellac.