Two lovely Lady Students today and I get paid for it what could be better than that.They were great company a lot of fun and they they were easy to teach.They both did well making lovely Sycamore bowls Margarets was plain wood and helens had a textured and coloured rim.
My Student today was Jax who was here for the 5Th time this year and she is improving all the time.Jax does not have a lathe of her own so her only experience is when she comes here.Considering she gets no practise between visits she soon settles back into her turning and this time because she has made such improvement she had time to make two very nice bowls.One is turned from Walnut about 11" x 5" the other is Oak about 8" x 2".She likes making bowls and up to now she has given every one away as presents but she is coming back next month to make one for herself.
We are now into Somerset Art Weeks which I enjoy a lot but it does
give me one problem.I have to be on duty every day for two weeks inc
three weekends the temptation is to spend all of the time in my Workshop
The problem with that is that I would end up making
ten times as much as I sell and instead of reducing stock it builds
more and defeats the object of the exercise.
So it gives me an opportunity to have a play and create new effects.
I was recently demonstrating at Yandles woodworking show and Martin Sabin Smith gave me some Wax's to play with.
Here is some info with pics on something I did today followed by some I did yesterday.
This is not necessarily the way that Martin Saban Smith would do this but it is the way I do it some of this might seem to you to be unnecessary but i achieve the finish that I am after.
I started off with an Ash blank with very nice grain and scorched it very heavily to enable me to remove a lot of the soft grain sometimes I scorch it twice.
Next I removed the soft grain with this Liming brush from Chestnut products
I followed this with a good burnishing with this bristle brush from Chestnut products
I always apply a sealer after scorching and colouring as it stops any bleed from the carbon and helps to stop fading when coloured here I used Chestnut Cellulose sanding sealer by spray
Ready to apply Green Wax very important to seal before application of wax to avoid smudging this way you can wipe the Wax of the hard grain and leave it only where the soft grain has been removed
Green wax applied with fingers and allowed to dry for about ten minutes.I did find that the wax is quite soft and by leaving it to dry a bit when I buffed I did not remove too much of the Wax from the grain.
A close up of the filled grain
From here on you might think that I am going a bit over the top I don't think I am because the results
are what I like to achieve. I have now turned out the centre and sanded down to 1000 grit then used Yorkshire Grit you might think this is unnecessary as Yorkshire grit recommend sanding to 240 but again this is the way I do it. I used Yorkshire grit to get an even finer finish than achieved by 1000 grit abrasive.The white you see is dust
Dust removed and Chestnut Acrylic spray on lacquer applied to seal in the wax
I have then applied two coats of Chestnut spray on Acrylic Gloss lacquer wet on wet application.
Then I used Chestnut Cut and polish to bring up a super shine on the Lacquer
This was followed by application of Hampshire sheen High gloss by hand.
This is the finished result and I think it is a fantastic finish
here we have the finished bowl in my opinion to a very high standard.You might well think this is a bit over the top but the finish is only as good as the effort you put in.
This is another Bowl using the same process only this time it is on Oak and after scorching I applied Martin Saban Smith's Ruby stain from Intrinsic colours
This one is also in Oak same process but no colour stain
This one is also oak sanded to 1000 grit and Martin Saban Smith's carbon black stain rubbed all over and then lacquered and polished
Somerset Crafts of which I am a Member are doing an exhibition to celebrate the coming of Autumn.
The Exhibition will be running from the 8th September to the 7Th of October.
All Members have been asked to prduce some new work with an Autumn theme the following two large Platters are my contribution.
Tom was treated to a days woodturning experiance by his Wife Rosy who joined him for the day
This was a Birthday present for Tom .
We had a very nice relaxed day and they both went away with very nicely turned Bowls as you can see in the following picture.
Something differant it is also a consideration for a Club Demo. 9" x 2"
Turned from Macrocarpa.consideration for This took exactly one hour
and five minutes I would be pushed to do it in a 2 hour Demo with
explaining how it is done inc marking out
These are all turned from Yew some are going into stock and some are going to customers.
I find I am getting slower in my old age these took me most of two days but part of it is my tea breaks are getting longer and more frequent.
Bruce has two lath's a Shopsmith and a Sip but due to time restraints they have had very little use.
Now he has had some tuition he has ne excuse not to get Turning.
Bruce was great company and easy to work with.
Bruce turned a very respectable Spalted Beech bowl.