Thursday, 20 July 2017

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Making new Stock

I have sold a lot of my Coloured wide rimmed bowls lately 8 in the last month so I have had to make new stock.These are approx 14" x 3"

Wood and Glass Wide Rimmed Bowls

Carrying on with my works with Wood and Glass I have made two Wide Rimmed Bowls the Green one is 15" x 3" the Blue one is 12" x 2 1/2"

Monday, 3 July 2017

Margaret and Julie

Today my Students were Mother and Daughter Margaret and Julie.
Margaret treated Julie to a days Woodturning tuition as a Birthday present and decided to come along herself.
They were great company and a pleasure to teach and they both made very nice Beech Bowls with some texturing and colouring on the rims.
Very well done Ladies it was a real pleasure having you here today.

Friday, 30 June 2017

David's two days

David has had some experience with woodturning and has had some Tuition with another pro Turner but sensibly looking to gain extra knowledge.Davids interest is mostly in Bowl turning and is going about things in the right way he is getting tuition then practising and returning for more tuition.
In our two days we covered quite a lot with decoration techniques and colouring.
David has gone away with two beautiful bowls and a lot of extra knowledge.

Very well done David I look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Friday, 23 June 2017

John from Gloucester

John my student today has had about a years Woodturning experiance and wanted to brush up on his bowl turning and to do some colouring.
We had a very pleasant day and John turned a beutiful Beech Bowl with a textured and coloured wide rim.
Thank you for a good day John I enjoyed your company you made it an easy day for me.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

More Wood and Glass

This Wall plaque is 13" x 3/4" Beech and Glass Frit.
I see a leafy Shrub in the foreground and a Beach with cloudy sky

Friday, 16 June 2017

Last student of the Week

That is it for another week a busy day with Ian.
Ian my Student today has completed a furniture making course with the local College and a woodturning course with a pro turner about seven years ago and he wanted to have a day brushing up on Bowl turning.
He was more concerned with improving his tooling than making a finished piece but as you can see we managed both and Ian made a very nice Beech bowl with an undercut and coloured rim.
Well done Ian I look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Teaching a Teacher

Andy my Student today is a Head Teacher and sometimes Teachers can be difficult to teach but Andy was dead easy and good company with a great sense of humour.
Andy has restored several houses and a narrow boat so is quite useful at DIY so wood turning came quite easy to him.
As Andy is a Teacher I asked him to give me some feedback on our day together and basically if he can point out any  improvements to the way I teach it would be very helpful.
Feedback is something I always encourage as I am always open to improvement.
I look forward to Andy's feedback
Very well done Andy that is a lovely Beech bowl

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Another Wood and Glass Sculpture

This is another Wood and Glass Sculpture this time it is made from Idigbo one Mtr high

Saturday, 3 June 2017

An easy day with Ed

Ed my Student today was here for a days tuition because his Mates clubbed together to buy him a thirtieth Birthday present.
Ed was very good company and very easy to teach so I had a very nice relaxed day. Ed's Wife Samantha is expecting their first baby in August so this bowl will be a nice present for her as the rim is coloured turquoise her favourite colour.
Thank you Ed for making my day very enjoyable that is a great bowl you turned.

Sunday, 28 May 2017

No turning in this one

Recently there was a thread the AWGB Forum about filling cracks and crevices. Pete Moncrief Jury used glass Frit and it started me thinking about other ways of using Frit so I asked Pete where he got it from and a few pointers how to use it.
In his reply to me he said I expect you will do something fancier than me so I took this as a bit of a challenge LOL.
This piece is 3' x 6" x 3" made from Beech
There is no turning in this but I think it is worth a look.
This piece is three feet high and six inches by three inches made from Beech.


Friday, 12 May 2017

Joe's three day Bowl turning course

Joe has been with me for a three day Bowl turning course and turned out some fantastic work. There is a big advantage in booking several days on the trot as you keep reinforcing what you have already done. Joe had done some woodturning over many years but had not done any for a number of years recently so needed to catch up and refine his tooling and techniques. His interest is in bowls with some sort of colouring and or texturing so as well as refining his tool technique we concentrated on Form finish colouring and texturing.
I took some pictures throughout the three day as you can see we got through a lot of work and Joe went away with a lot of knowledge and some very nice Bowls.
These pics might not be in the best order because the bowls were not started and finished and then another one started they were all produced at the same time to allow for finishes to dry but you will get an idea of what we did.
We set this Beech blank up on my Nova for practicing on It had some splits in that were super glued up to make it safe but it was not good enough for a finished piece.  
 Joe doing the pull cut something he had never tried before
 Sanding with the Simon Hope Pro sander
 Final sand down to 1000 grit with Webrax abrasive
 Reverse turned preparing for beading
 Beading with Ashleigh Isles 6mm Beading tool
 Scorching beads all done outside since Andy Coates workshop burnt down
 Removing soot with Bronze bristle brush from Chestnut products
 Applying Verdigris wax
Removing Bowl centre

This is our practice piece again and Joe is having a go at carving with the Proxon carver
There quite a knack to this to make it look right but with a bit of practice it soon looks OK
 Psactice piece scorched and coloured with Chestnut Orange spirit stain
 Removing the face of practice piece to try another texture on
 The next texture is done with the Proxon grinder with the chainsaw cutter hence the gloved hand and wrist. Under the Welders glove is a stainless steel Butchers glove.
 This is a very dangerous piece of kit and needs to be used with great care.
 Practice piece carved scorched and coloured with red Chestnut Spirit stain
This is Texturing on top of the carved surface with the Crown Tools spiralling wheel
Practicing using the Defuser with Spirit Stain
 Still with the practice piece with Blue spirit stain this time
 Looking good
Close up Textured with Proxon grinder then more texture added with crown Tools spiralling cutter scorched and coloured.

 Nice Form

 Sanded to 1000 grit and sealed with Chestnut cellulose sanding sealer
 Looking good and ready to remove Centre
 Joe refining with scraper
 Finished Bowl
This is the start of an Oak bowl Joe practiced another technique on
Oak carved and scorched
 Close up after carving and scorching
Nice big Beech blank
Joe really taking to the pull cut
 Refining with the Crown tools Sheer scraper
 Sanding to 1000 Grit everything that leaves my workshop is sanded to 1000 grit
 Appling sanding sealer with a brush
 Looks good
 Jo Sonjas paint applied and being dried wit a hair dryer
Removing Centre bowl
 Another practice piece Oak and Joe is creating a texture with a rasp
 Textured scorched and limed looking good I think.
 Jo Sonjas piece finished
 And there he is looking as proud as punch and so he should he worked hard and this is the end result and also some other finishes that have not been shown here.
The Beaded Bowl is approx. 14" x 3"
The Jo Sonjas Bowl is Beech approx 15" x 3"
The red carved Bowl is approx. 11" x 3"
The Oak Bowl is approx. 9" x 3"