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Sunday, 15 July 2018

A day with Bruce.

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.



A day with Don

Don is a retired Carpenter so has a good understanding of wood and how it works .Although he had not done a lot of Woodturning it came easy to him.
Don turned a very nice spalted Beech Bowl.



Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Paint Pour

A selection of paint pour paintings created by myself and Granddaughter Ali





















Sunday, 8 July 2018

Gallery Stock

I have  been asked to supply some Wide rimmed coloured bowls for a Gallery that has just opened Breeze Art Gallery Williton in Somerset.
They wontad  12 Bowls but in this heat it was enough to make 9 they also want some other ctuff from my stock.
These are the 9 13" Bowls that are going
















Saturday, 26 May 2018

Lex my Student today

My student today was Lex who was here for a days Woodturning experiance prior to setting up his own workshop.
Lex was one of the most natural would be Woodturners that I have ever had here I only had to show him somethin once and he could do it.That made for an easy day for me.
lex told me his wife Ruth's favourite colour was turquoise so he turned a beutiful beech bowl with a turquoise rim.


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Texturing and colouring Wide rimmed Bowls

Earlier in the week Derek was my student here for two days Bowl turning to include some texturing and colour.
The first day Derek turned a nice plain Beech Bowl.
On the second day the plan was for Derek to turn an Ash bowl and create some texture and colour.

Derek making the beads with the Ashle Isles beading tool
 A gentle scorching to add some colour and to remove some soft grain
 Removing soft grain with a bronze bristle brush

Verdigris wax scrubbed well into the grain.

Wax part removed with kitchen towel
 More wax removed with Lemon oil to highlight the grain.
The Ash bowl was completed by lunch time ont the second day as you can see we spoil our Students

After lunch the rest of the day was spent showing Derek several different techniques for decorating a wide rimmed Bowl.
These techniques are shown in following pics.



 The rim on this Sycamore blank is carved using the Arbortech fitted with the King Arthur chainsaw type cutter.
 The rim has now been textured over the top of the carving with the Crown Tools texturing tool
 Rim lightly scorched
 The rim has now been coloured with Chestnut spirit stains Red Oronge and yellow to give a graded effect.

The rim of this Sycamore blank has been coloured with the new Chestnut Iridescent paints
First the rim is coloured black with Chestnut Ebonising lacquer then colours applied with a sponge in the following order  Purple Vivid blue and Azure.


 Lines carved to highlight rim


 The rim has now been carved with Arbortech V shaped carver

This next bowl is coloured with Martin Saban Smiths's Intrinsic Colour Collection
First the Sycamore Blank is coloured black

 In this picture a lot of the black has been sanded back and the first colour Ruby applied
 As you can see in this picture some more areas have been sanded back and Flame is applied
 More areas sanded back and the final colour Honey applied
The rim is grooved and two coats of Lacquer applied

 Here is Derek with the two bowls he completed and took home.