I’ve been thinking about making truffles to sell, but of course I have to figure out how to make good ones. I saw a recipe on the back of some Nestle Select chocolate chips that just required whipped cream, the chips, and some cocoa powder for rolling. So I thought I’d give it a try. Well, they taste wonderful, dark and sinful! 🙂 But they don’t roll into nice balls. The chocolate seems to have a very low melting point and my fingertips just squished them until chocolate was dripping. Sounds yummy, but if you’re trying to create nice neat round balls to roll in cocoa powder, it’s intensely annoying. I managed to do it by chilling them extra long and then rolling quickly, but they aren’t anything I could sell.
Then I decided to go see what Kent and his dad were making down in the garage. I thought I’d try my hand at turning a pen. Hah. While his dad was finishing a pen out of Amboyna burl, I picked up a little box I’d been working on a year ago for a suggestion box at school and screwed up the varnish on. I sanded it down and went to restain it, but I didn’t look at the can and it was walnut instead of my red mahogany. So I had to wipe it off and sand again and stain with the right stain. By the time I’d finished fooling around like that, Ole (Kent’s dad) had finished his pen and Kent put my redheart pen blank on the lathe. I was doing pretty well. I had a nice shape to the bottom part of the pen and was working on the top, and then Kent told me I had to lathe it down to the circumference of the metal joining parts. I was trying to do that and I lathed it down to the metal part inside the wood so it showed through! Not good and not fixable. I went ahead and finished the pen, sanding and buffing just for the practice, but it’s no good now. The bottom part was ok, but I had to throw away the top part. Maybe I can piece another part in, but I don’t think the grains would match then. Oh well.
We’re going out to get Qdoba nachos down on Excelsior and Grand, so maybe I can salvage the evening? We’ll see what happens. Anyone want some misshapen truffles?