Monday, 9 April 2018

A day with Jenni

A few weeks ago Jenni contacted me and booked in to do some woodturning as part of her UNI course.In her Email she said she needed to make a small bowl and three handles.I thought that will be OK until a couple of days ago I got the Drawings for this project and it was not going to be anything like as simple as I first thought.I have never seen such detailed drawings and as I never work to drawings for woodturning I was more than a bit concerned.There was no way a complete novice was going to work to such exacting standards.I pointed this out to Jenni in a telephone conversation and to be honest I felt even more concerned afterwords as I did not think she grasped how difficult it would be.
Waiting for her to turn up in the morning my tummy was tied up in knots because i was sure this was going to be one of the worst teaching experiences of my life.
When Jenni turned up she was a 22 year old with the most engaging personality and I immediately relaxed.We sat down to discuss our way forward and Jenni explained that she was on a design course at UNI and the design and drawing element was more important than the turning part. So that we could work exactly to the dimensions of the drawing she said she would be happy for me to have a big input in the turning.Because it was critical that we work strictly to the drawing and it exacting dimensions Jenni did all the roughing out and a lot of the sanding.It turned out to be one of the most pleasant days I have ever had in my workshop we worked as a team on this project and got the desired result.
Basically the project was a pestle and Mortar with handles as per the drawings below.
There is an extra handle because there is a grinding mechanism to go on the top.

Jenni took some pictures throuhgt the day that I will add as soon as I have them.

If you left click on the drawings they will become clearer


  1. Well, what a great day I had yesterday! Like George, I was very apprehensive. I’m on a very limited time frame at university to get this project completed and I NEVER expected to get these components completed to such a high standard, all thanks to George.

    I totally underestimated the skill of wood turning. I assumed it would be easy to work to exact drawings, hence why I sent these to George the day before. This was not the case as it is all free-hand. At university I am used to making things to the 10th of a millimeter, so free hand for a major project was way out of my comfort zone, but working to exact drawings wasn’t what George was used to either however we made a great team!!!

    I had such a lovely day and learnt some of the basics of woodturning. I want to go back to learn properly (not working to drawings this time!). George has no idea how much time and un-necessary stress he has saved me by helping me to complete these parts, I am so grateful and I LOVE them!

    Massive thank you to George and his wife for being so welcoming. I had such a lovely day and can’t wait to return soon!


  2. Hello Jenni it was a real pleasure having you here and yes we did make a great team and I look forward to seeing you again.

  3. Great to see that this lesson was not only enjoyable but a challenge to you both. Great blog and well done both. I know the skills required to work accurately to drawings.
    Ps. I had to sign in with my blog password to comment.

  4. Thank you Steve you could always sign up to my Blog on the bottom of the page.