What a lovely couple and great company made for an enjoyable day.
Graham and Alice come from Bedford and were her for a days Woodturning experience. Originally it was only going to be Graham and Alice decided to join him at the last minute and I am pleased she did because it made for a great day lots of laughs and some good turning.
Graham turned a very nice Beech bowl and Alice turned a beautiful Sycamore bowl with a textured and coloured rim.
This is the third time has been here for tuition and he has shown a lot of improvement. He really has a feel for the wood you only have to watch him work to see that he will make a great woodturner in time. As he works every cut is carried out with care which in my opinion is the only way to improve. I think you have to have a bit of the Tree hugger in you want to really succeed and create exceptional work. Too many would be Turners just hack away at the wood without actually having any feeling for the piece the are creating.
Very well done Paul I enjoyed today and look forward to seeing you some time in the future.
John has been turning for a while on an old lathe he was given by a friend but it only had a swing of 6 inches over the bed so he has been restricted to spindle turning and very small Bowls.
John wants to do some bigger Bowl turning so he came here for a days tuition before maybe investing in a larger Lathe. I think I have convinced him to buy an Axminster Hobby Lathe with variable speed as the 12 inch swing over the bed will make a big difference to Johns capability.
If john does upgrade as I think he should, he will make a very good Bowl turner
Keith's wife Becky treated him to two days Bowl turning tuition yesterday and today.
I have been very busy for weeks now creating a new gallery and teaching so I was very tired and not looking forward to two days teaching but I need not have worried as Keith was great company and easy to teach.
The first day Keith turned a lovely Spalted Beech bowl and the second day he wanted to be more ambitious and turn a natural edge bowl.
With lots of care and me watching over him like a hawk Keith turned a beautiful Cherry natural edged bowl.
Very well done Keith I look forward to seeing you soon and you joining our Woodturning club.
I will be doing a Demo in our local Woodturning Club Link Here on the evening of the last Wednesday of this Month.
Never easy to think of what do as I have done two Demo's a year for the last 6 years
I have decided to Demo how to make a Square flattish Bowl with a rippled scorched edge like this one below
Today my Student Steve was here for a days bowl turning tuition he has already had some experience at Spindle turning so was very easy to teach.
Steve turned a very nice bowl out of a beautiful spalted Beech blank as you can see from the following pics.
Today Roger and Jeanette were with me for a days woodturning experience and what a lovely couple they were.
Jeanette treated herself and Roger to the day as a Birthday present for Roger and to say he was pleased would be an understatement .
They were absolutely wonderful company and I can honestly say it is probably the best day teaching I have had up to now. As always we take things very seriously but the day was full of laughter and banter .
Both Roger and Jeanette were very easy to teach and by working on a bit they made two lovely Bowls with Textured and coloured rims.
Life is wonderful I am doing what I enjoy and getting paid for it.
A few months ago Doug was here for a taster day of bowl tuning before going to Australia for two and a half months.He had a taster day to see if he wanted to take up woodturning as a hobby.
He decided that he will take up woodturning and has been back today for a days refresher and to work out what he needs to buy.
I have fixed him up with most of what he will need inc a set of Crown tools and have Emailed Axminster for prices on a Lathe Chuck and dust extractor.
A Lathe stand and sharpening system from Yandles and he will be away.
This is Doug with the lovely Beech bowl he turned today