Saturday, 25 May 2019

Teaching today

My Students today were Nigel and Brenda a lovely couple from Coventry.
Today was a present for Brenda from Nigel although he could not remember which it was either Christmas or birthday.
We had a very nice day they were very easy company and quick learners.
They turned two lovely Sycamore Bowls Nigel's was plain wood with a concave rim and Brenda's was coloured with Acrylic paint.
Very well done both of you.

Saturday, 11 May 2019

My Student today was Jamie

My Student today was Jamie who was here as a Christmas present from his Wife Nicola .
Jamie has fancied having a go at woodturning for some time and has considered it for a hobby.
I think he should take it up as he took to it like a duck to water.
Jamie was great company and made my day easy.

Saturday, 4 May 2019

Another happy customer

Danny was treated to days Woodturning Tuition by his Partner Hannah
Danny is a carpenter by trade so turning came quite naturaly to him.
We had a very good day and Danny went away with a very nice Bowl turned from Apple wood.
Danny also bought a nice second hand Lathe that I bought from one of our Club members recently who was upgrading.I am sure he will have hours of pleasure with it
Very well done Danny.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Collaberation Bowls

Two more Sycamore Collaberation Bowls I turned the Bowls and my Granddaughter Ali Coloured the rims Approx 12" x 3"

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

It has all gone wrong

Every year I do Somerset Art Weeks and  usually there is a Theme and this year the Theme is Silver.
Although September is several months away I thought I would make something a bit special and decided on an Oak and Pewter Sculpture.
Well it all went wrong .
When it comes to making pieces I am very patient and I am also very fussy and everything has to be perfect.
If it goes wrong I dont cry about it I just start again

The following pictures will show you how I have got on up to now.

This is the original completed but if you look carefully you will notice that there is about six circles on the bottom that are duller than the rest.The reason for this is I ran out of Pewter and I remembered that somebody once told me you can use Plumbers solder.Well you can but this is the result it is not as bright.I never noticed it until it was in daylight.

I decided I would hook out the offending circles and replace them with Pewter and this is Where it all started to go wrong.I managed to hook out all of the circles but in doing so two of the circles joined up because the wood split.You can see this on top left of the picture.Anyway I decided to shorten the Sculpture by a few inches to remove the two circles that were wrong.
This did not work because making it that bit shorter spoilt the proportions.
 As I was now unhappy with the whole thing I decided to bite the Bullet and start again.
Getting this far had taken most of two days because sanding Pewter is a long winded job and in doing it I burnt out one Belt sander and had to buy a new one.
So here we go starting again and I have recorded the whole process.
I took a thin slice of the Sculpture with the Band saw so that I could remove the Pewter circles remelt and use them again

With a bit of brute force and ignorance I managed to separate the circles from the Oak.

Having now salvaged all the Pewter I am ready to start again and the first thing is to replace the Oak.
The original was twenty eight inches by seven inches by two  and the new piece is ten by three and about six inches too long.
My Band saw will cut twelve inches of Oak comfortably so this is not a problem.

A lovely piece of Oak almost seems a shame to scorch it later.

Next I put it through the thicknesser.
This a router Table one of two that my Brother Chris and I made one weekend many years ago.It has an Axminster rise and fall mechanism and is very easy to adjust.
I decided to add a bit extra to this one by putting two groove one each side to be filled with Pewter.

That is the two grooves added.

Now I drill random sized recesses with forsener bits and pillar drill.

Really taking shape now.

Using the salvaged Pewter I have started filling the recesses then I ran out of Pewter.
I have ordered more of the Internet and it should be here in a couple of days.
When it arrives I will Finnish it of and hopefully it will look good.
Please look in again and you will see how I get on.

This is all quite new to me so there is a learning curve.
One thing that is noticeable is that you cannot fill the recesses dead level with the wood it is quite a bit higher.The other thing is as the Pewter cools it shrinks so I gave had to remove the Pewter and glue them in as they don't stick to the wood.

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Mark and Steve

Yesterday my Students were Mark and Steve.
Steve was here for a days Woodturning as a present from his Wife Anne. Mark was here because he is going to take up Woodturning as a hobby.
They both turned very nice Sycamore Bowls.

Saturday, 16 March 2019

Myself and Ali's ongoing Collaboration

Myself and My Granddaughter Ali have been working together on Art and craft projects  this is more of our ongoing Collaborated together on Woodturning and Fluid Art.I have made the Bowls and Ali has coloured the rims.

 Four more ready to colour

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Myself and Ali Collaboration

Myself and My Granddaughter Ali have been working together on Art and craft projects but this is the first time we have Collaborated together on Woodturning and Fluid Art.I have made the Bowls and Ali has coloured the rims.

Friday, 22 February 2019

New Unit

My Son mark and I have rented a Unit in Highbridge we are going to share the space.i am going to store Woodturning equiptment and wood blanks for sale and Mark will be storing Masonry cleaning equiptment.In front of the unit somebody has dumped a load of rubbish that we are removing 3 skips up to now.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

Steve and Matt

Today my Students were Steve and Matt
Steve's Wife treated him to a days Woodturning and Matt's mother treated him.
Two really nice men good company and easy to teach.
Steve turned a very nice Sycamore Bowl with a bit of subtle texturing on the rim and Matt chose to have some texturing and colour on his.

Friday, 15 February 2019

Chris and Cathy

Today my Students were Chris and Cathy from Cardiff.
Chris has had an interest in wood for some time and is about to buy a second hand lathe and equipment from a Relative so Cathy thought it would be nice for him to have some Woodturning Tuition.
I have really enjoyed their company today and I feel sure the will be back some time in the future.
They both took too turning very easily and made a couple of very nice Sycamore Bowls.
Chris chose having a textured and coloured rim and actually did the texturing himself.
Cathy chose making a fruit bowl with a rolled edge.

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

This months club Demo

On the last Wed of this month I am doing a demo in our club.The problem for me is that I have done so many Demo's in our club it is difficult to come up with new ideas.I have done a proto type today not perfect but something to work on.

Monday, 11 February 2019

Two Students today Pat and Clive

Today I had two Students Pat and Clive Pat is still working full time and has a basic Lathe and tools. Clive is retired and might take up turning some time in the future.
Pat's day was a treat from his Wife and Family, Clive's was a treat from his daughter.
Both were very good company and easy to teach

Pat turned a very nice Sycamore bowl with a textured and coloured rim.Clive turned a very nice Sycamore bowl with lovely figuring and a concave rim.


Neal is one of my Students from last week.
Neal is greatly into Cycling running and all things keep fit so woodturning is something completly differant.
Neil turned a reall nice Sycamore bowl .

Sunday, 10 February 2019

My Favourite Woodturning

I think my favourite Woodturning is Roughing out Bowls these are a mix of Ash Sycamore and Oak 36 from about 14/15" not a bad mornings work but I have had enough now I used to be able to do this all day .Must be getting old
Still plenty left to do another day.

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Richard and Alex

I was very apprehensive about teaching today as I am recovering from a very heavy bout of Man flu but I need not have worried because my Students today Richard and Alex were a delight too teach.
I really was not looking forward to today the workshop is in a disgusting mess because I have not felt well enough to clean it properly after my last Students.I also have a massive pile of Blanks on the floor that I have  not been able to find the time to rough out.
I said my apologies for the state of the workshop but they assured me the did not mind.
Although I felt very weak and a bit tired as I have not been sleeping well I soon got into teaching mode and we had a very nice relaxed day.
Richards Wife Sally treated Richard to a days woodturning as a Christmas gift and their son Alex treated himself.
Alex is only seventeen so it is good to see a young person taking and interest in Craft.

Alex was telling me about a coffee table he made for Collage so I thought it would be nice to include a picture of it here.
It is made from upcycled Cheese Box's. 

Today Richard turned a very nice Sycamore Bowl with a Textured and coloured rim and Alex turned a very nice Beech Bowl with a lot of figuring.
They did very well.

Saturday, 26 January 2019

Nick and Phil

My Students today were best mates Nick and Phil .
They were treated to a days Woodturning tuition by their Wifes.
They were great company and we had a realy good day.
Bothe took to Bowl turning and were easy to teach.
As you can see they both turned very nice Beech Bowls.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Reg and Paul

Today my Students were Reg and Paul ,Reg on the left of the picture and Paul on the right.
Reg is my Grandaudhter Ali's partner of  9 years so he is part of the Family and this was his Christmas present from Susan and I.
Paul is a regular and has been coming here for probably a couple of years.
Both were good company and very easy to teach which made it an easy day for me.
Reg turned a nice Oak bowl with a scorched painted and wax coloured  rim
Paul chose a Sycamore bowl with a very nice coloured wide rim

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Oak Ash and Sycamore

Yesterday my Son Mark and I picked up a load of Ash and Sycamore to go with the Oak that I cut up last week.I have got over 80 round Blanks from the Ash and Sycamore from 17" down.
This gives me over 200 Bowl blanks to rough out.
I probably have well over a thousand blanks now with the ones already in store.

Monday, 14 January 2019

Kiln dried Oak

Very busy yesterday cutting up a load of Kiln dried Oak that I bought recently.
This was all from off cuts from a firm who make wood framed buildings.I wont say what I gave for it and make you all jealous.
119 round blanks from 20" down
26 Spindle blanks

Saturday, 5 January 2019

Mike and Caroline

My first Students of the new year Mike and Caroline .
Today was Mike's Birthday present from Caroline his Birthday was in November so I expect it is a Birthday and Christmas present.
Caroline decides to come along and keep Mike company and I am pleased she did like Mike she was great company.
They were a real delight and easy to teach which made the first of the new year easy for me.
Mike turned a very nice Sycamore Bowl with a curved rim and Caroline turned a very nice Sycamore Bowl with a textured and coloured rim.

Thank you bothe for making life easy for me today