Tuesday, 18 April 2017


Today my Student Angus was here as an 18Th Birthday present from his parents.
Angus will be finishing a College course in a few weeks time he has done Countryside Management and Conservation course.He already had a very good understanding of wood so a days Woodturning will help him with his future plans.
Angus did very well and was easy company and it is a change to have a young person to teach.
Well done Angus I hope your Mum is pleased with her Bowl you did well .

Friday, 14 April 2017

Gwyn and Maria

Working on a Bank holiday is not so bad when your students for the day are like Gwyn and Maria.
A great couple lots of fun and plenty of skill. It is Maria's birthday and a days woodturning is a present to themselves.
Today has been very easy as both where a pleasure to be with.
Two beautiful Beech bowls the result of a very nice day.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Jan's Birthday Treat

Jan's Birthday next Saturday and for a treat she has come to me for a days Woodturning tuition. Jan has also bought a lathe and inherited a set of Turning tools.
The day was very easy for me because Jan is a very quick learner and I only had to show her something once and she mastered it immediately.
Jan turned a very nice Beech Bowl with quite a wide rim that she coloured with her favourite colour Blue.
There is actually three colours with the top colour being blue.
The following pics were taken through out the day.
Nice Beech blank to start with
 Making a start shaping the bottom
 The sign of a good turner long shavings under the lathe
 Scraping prior to sanding
 Sanded and ready to reverse chuck
 Starting to remove the bowl centre
 Painted with Black base colour
 Jan applying colour
 Back on the lathe and applying some heat to help drying
 Final removal of bowl centre
 And the finished bowl what a beauty

Saturday, 25 March 2017

Two days with Neil

Yesterday and today my Student was Neil who was here to learn Bowl and platter turning. Neil was very keen to turn a Bowl and a platter with some surface decoration.
We have had two great days Turning  and playing with textures and colours and Neil went away wit a lovely Beech Bowl and a lovely Beech Platter both with textured and coloured rims.
Below are some pics I took during the two days.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Elm Hollow Form

This roughed out Elm Hollow form has been drying for well over a year so I thought I would finish it.
It had not moved out of shape much so I completed the outside except the sanding and started the inside that is when it all went wrong.
Normally I would only remove the tool after stopping the lathe but this time I started to draw the tool out and caught the neck.
The moral of this don't work when you are tired I had just finished two days teaching and was really too tired to do it.
Not to worry it is only a bit of wood LOL.
Regards George

Friday, 10 March 2017

Two days with Mark

Mark has been here for two days Woodturning Tuition and we seemed to really click I think it is due to his attitude and work ethic.
Mark has made up his mind that he wants to do woodworking and Turning some time in the future for a living and is prepared to work hard.
He is obviously prepared to work hard to achieve his goals and kept me on my toes for two solid days. The first day Mark turned a very nice Beech Bowl and still found time to practice some spindle turning.Today I asked Mark what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to make some square Sushi platters like some that I had made but he wanted to make them out of Ply. I have never turned Sushi platters out of ply so it was something new to me and I had no idea how they would turn out.
Taking great care because they were turned from square material and the corners were a safety concern work progressed as below. As you can see from the pics below they turned out very nice after texturing and scorching the edges. The rest of the day Mark practiced with the skew and although he did not make anything to take away other than his Bowls he got very proficient with the skew which has built his confidence no end.
Some pics taken during the day showing how the platters were made.
Blank mounted against a ply and Router mat disc turning to create a shallow spigot .
Spigot created and ready to shape the bottom of the platter.
 Bottom shaped sanded and given a good coat of Cellulose sanding sealer
 Shaping the bottom was done with a very careful pull cut taking care not to damage the corners
 Sanding was done with the Simon Hope pro sander taking great care on the corners
 Underside completed and ready for turning
 Turning the top surface
Mark turning the top surface ready for sanding very good upright comfortable stance
 Mark taking care when sanding with Pro sander
 Ready for edge texture and scorching
 Mark scorching after he had textured the edge.
 Removing the spigot on Vacuum chuck
 Completed Platters with the nice ply pattern
 A lot of time spent using the Skew and doing very well indeed
 Not satisfied with Bowl making Skew practice he then wanted to practice with the Crown Revolution hollowing tool.
Three nice Bowls to take home .