Whenever a new Student comes here we sit down for about half an hour and have a natter this gives me an idea of the nature and capabilities of the Student and helps me plan our day.Well I got the feeling that John was up for a challenge so I did something I have never done before. I would normally start a new complete Novice off making a Bowl out of either Sycamore or Beech because they are quite easy and forgiving.
As John was obviously up for something different and he said he was quite practical I sorted a very nice Mulberry blank.Now anybody that has ever turned dry Mulberry will know it is as hard as hell and this piece was no exception.Not only was it hard it was a very difficult shape for turning due to there being lots missing.
I was quite happy for John to turn this but I knew I would have to supervise him very closely because the last thing I wanted was an accident.
Everything went really well because as John said he is very practical and he took to the turning like a duck to water.
If we started this piece and I had been in the slightest doubt that John would have been able to have coped I would have stopped immediately and done something easier.
Below are some of the pics taken through out the day.
Before John started I told him to be prepared for a hard day and when you look at this Mulberry Blank you can see why
The bottom sanded and John applying Lemon Oil and leaving it to soak in while we have lunch.
Again the Simon Hope sander with the two inch pad ideal for the inside