Candlelight Centerpiece


A couple of weeks ago I did a blog posting about my Yule Deer, which require spade drill bits. As I said then, you need a large vise or a way of stabilizing the wood so it doesn’t spin from the force of the bit. Having a drill press also helps. In my case, I had to rely on two people – one to hold tight and the other to drill.


Spade bits are useful little tools. I have used a 1 ½” bit to drill ½” deep circular cutouts on pieces of wood for suet and peanut butter feeders for the birds. Just add a screw eye or a hook at the top for hanging.


My friend, Bruce, used a 1 ½” spade bit to create a fabulous holiday centerpiece for their dining room table by drilling a row of circles along the top of an interesting log. They pop a tea light candle into each circle and for Thanksgiving, and surround the log with mounds of fruit, vegetables, gourds and nuts – sort of an updated cornucopia. For Christmas, they decorate with greens and berries. Simple, but elegant!




About Susan Guagliumi

I am an author, craftsperson and a gardener. My proposal for a book tentatively titled "The Artful Gardener" was just accepted by Stewart, Tibori and Chang Publishers. Although this will be my fifth book, it is the first outside the area of hand/machine knitting. The manuscript is due early in 2013 and the book is scheduled for Spring of 2014. A somewhat longer process than giving birth to a child, embarking on an author's journey can be just as daunting, exciting and almost as fulfilling.
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