Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Davids Birthday present

David's Wife Penny treated him to a days woodturning tuition for his Birthday.
Although David has his own Lathe and tools he felt he would benefit from some formal Tuition.
David turned a very nice bowl from Beech and hopefully went away with more confidence.

Well done David you did very well.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday with Paul

My Student today was paul who was treated to a days Woodturning Tuition by his Wife Hannah.
Paul has got a lathe at home but I have a feeling he will be updating it quite soon.
Paul got on very well today and took to turning like a duck to water.

Keep up the practice Paul you have the makings of a good turner.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Neils third day

This was Neil's third and last day for this year but He promises to come back again next year we will look forward to that as he is great easy company.
To round off the three days Neil turned a very nice Beech Bowl from the same log as the other two pieces.
This one is cross grain and the other two were end grain.
Neil has a very nice set of three pieces from this trip and he said he has just the place to put them in his bedroom.

Here are a few pics from the day.

The three finished pieces


Shaping the bottom with a pull cut

 Bottom turned and sanded down to 400 grit
 Lemon oil applied to stop drying while we had lunch
 Getting stuck into the inside now
 Inside nearly turned
 Final sanding down to 400 grit
 Inside completed ready to reverse and remove spigot
 Removing the Spigot
 That's it finished and very nice it is too.
 That's it the three days and three very nice pieces to take home to Hampshire.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Second of three days for Neil

Today is Neils second day of three and he said he likes a challenge and as he was enjoying working with wet wood we decided he would make a Bert Marsh inspired piece  .
This piece is turned wet from the same Beech log as yesterdays piece.
This was quite challenging for Neil as it was way out of balance but perseverance and hard work payed off and he has made a beautiful form.

Here are a few pics from today .


This is a big lump
 Starting to get into balance
 That was not easy
 Spigot and waste area ready for turning
 Starting to hollow with 10mm Bowl gouge
 That looks good
 Due to the depth Neil found it easier to work with the Crown Tools Midy revolution in the bottom
 Lath is stopped and lemon oil is applied with lathe stopped
 Doesn't he look pleased with himself
 That is a beutiful piece Neil

Friday, 29 September 2017

First of three days for Neil

My Student today was Neil who is here for three days.
Neil was here for two days last year and he turned two very nice bowls .
Neil thought it would be good to set out on a bit of hollowing on this trip so I suggested he starts of with quite an open form for starters and below there are a few pics from today.
This Form is turned from end grain wet Beech with the Crown tools Midi Revolution.

I am not sure what neil will want to do tommorow.
Whatever it is I will add it to this thread.


This is quite a large form about 7" High
 Sanding the outside
 Removing the Spigot
 Applying Lemon oil

 Doesant he look proud and so he should





Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Good company today

Today my student was Stuart who has been talking about Woodturning for many years and has finally decided to have a days turning experience prior to making up his mind whether to take it up as a hobby.
I think he should as he obviously has a feeling for turning and would soon make a good turner.
Stuart was great company and we had a very enjoyable day.
Stuart made a very respectable beech Bowl wit a textured and coloured rim


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Todays Student George

My Student today was George who is still at School and needed to do a practical project for his school work.
George is studying design and needed to make something creative but not necessarily useful.George decided he would make a wide rimmed Bowl and colour the rim if there was time. He is a bright lad and took very quickly to turning and that left plenty of time for colouring.
The colours we used were new water based stains that I recently received from  http://www.msabansmith.com/
I have not had a lot of experience with these stains so it was a bit of a learning curve for myself and George.
Her are a few pics from today and the last one is George and his beautiful bowl.