Sunday 31 March 2013

Scorched an coloured Hollow form

I thought it was time I did a bit of work on my blog and recently I put a Hollow form on an American Wesite and several members asked me how I did it.
So this is the way I turn and colour a Textured scorched and coloured Hollow form.

This is a bit of Cedar that has been kicking about for a few years .As you can see the grain is running the length of the wood and although you cant see it from this pic the pith is excluded.

 The blank is held between centres with a Steb centre and a revolving tail stock centre.
 First the blank is turned to a cylinder ready to be shaped.

 After initial shaping it is sanded to 120 grit nd the grooves are created with a point tool or a beading gouge.I have not used a beading gouge because I wanted the grooves to be a bit random.It is easier to do the grooving now before the form is reversed into the chuck jaws because this way the headstock does not hinder the gouge handle.
 Here you can see the grooving I have done wide deep grooves and then put a shallow groove on the top of each ridge.
 Here we can see the whole form grooved with the spigot on ready to be reverse chucked.
 Now the whole form is given a light scorching.It is important to do this before hollowing to minimise the chance of cracking due to the heat.

 The form is checked prior to hollowing.

With the form reverse chucked it can be drilled to help with the hollowing and a bit of tape is used to show the depth .
 To hollow this form I have used this very usefull hollowing tool from Crown tools because the is a small form this tool is perfect and because it has a small tip there is no chance of getting a catch.
 Once you start hollowing is is very important to keep checking wall thickness and dont forget to allow for the depth of your grooves.I also use a small torch to see inside

With all the hollowing completed Oronge spirit stain is applied with a rag or sponge with the for statonary on the lathe.I then go over the oronge with yellow spirit stain to tone it down a bit.
It is very important that you seal the spirit stain prior to applieng laquar and I use Acrylic sanding sealer follower by several coats of satin laquar
To remove the spigot the form is fixed between this shaped bit of scrap wood and the revolving centre.The rubber router matt stopes the form from slipping and protects the entrance hole.
The spigot is carefully removedwith a spindle gouge and the bit that is left is removed with a chissel.
This sanding arbour tidies up the bottom of the form
That is it finnished.but unfortunatly there was a small crack from the heat near the opening.I repaired the crack with super glue but was not entirely happy,As nothing goes out of my workshop unless it is perfect you can see from the next two pics how it ended up.

The hollow form graveyard
This is the crack .It is not a very good pic but you get the idea.
Thank you for looking.

Friday 15 March 2013

Dave and sue

Yesterday two of my regular students Dave and Sue spent the day in my workshop.
Dave made a very nice Goblet and a super Walnut bowl and sue wanted to make wooden buttons.
Wooden buttons were new to me but Sue was determined to spend the day making them as she had been asked by her Sister to make her some to go with knitwear she was making.
I think Sue is going to go into large scale production of wooden buttons.LOL
Once we had sorted out a suitable way to make them it was heads down and off she went.
Using the small Crown texturing tool and the Henry Taylor Decorating Elf Sue soon sorted some really nice patterns.
Sorry but I forgot to take any pics of the buttons and they are probably on the way to her sister in Scotland by now.
Here are a few pics from yesterday.

A day with Mark Sanger

Hi All
I visited Mark Sanger today and we had a few of hours playing at making thin walled bowls.
Here are a few pics Mark took.
The bowl in the pic is  1 1/2mm x 5" x " Ash cross grain

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Axminster tools

Yesterday twelve of our local club Link here spent the day at Axminster tools link here.
I have always been a big fan of Axminster tools having bought a lot of equipment off them in the last 12 years and had service that you could only describe as superb.
Axminster will give you a guided tour of their works and a Demo by Jason Breech and Colwin Wey if you are a woodturning club and have at least 10 members attending.
Our tour started at about a quarter to ten with a one and a half hour demo from Colwin.
We were then split into two groups for our tour of their engineering works were they produce turning chucks and much more associated equipment.The other group toured there equipment handling and packing areas where dedicated workers handle about eighteen thousand different products from very small items to large machines.This was a very impressive system.
At one O clock we sat down for sandwiches cake and drinks.
This break gave us an opportunity to place orders to be picked up later in the day and I understand our little group spent over three thousand pounds but there is no pressure on you to spend anythig.
In the afternoon the two groups did another tour seeing the things the first group saw in the morning.
At about three O clock Jason did a one hour demo.
As you can see this was a very full day and I would recommend it to any club that might be looking for a good day out.
The one thing that did stand out for me was how happy all the workers were it is obviously a good place to work.
Thank you Axminster tools for a great day out.

Friday 8 March 2013

Cherry Hollow form

Yesterday I was roughing out Wide rimmed bowls so I thought I would do something else for a change.
A couple of days ago Sue Meads our club Secretary gave me a nice log of Cherry that one of our members gave her.
This morning I managed to get two realy nice bowl blanks out of it that are now wrapped in clingfilm and a nice Hollow form blank.
This piece is  6 1/4" x 4 1/4 " turned with the pith alined.
This wood was only cut about a week ago and is soaking wet.

Saturday 2 March 2013

Teaching Dave and Cathy.

The best part of Woodturning for me is teaching and passing on the knowledge I have gained over the last 11 years.
Today I have a lovely Husband and Wife as students so I have a few pictures I would like to share with you.
These Pics are here with the kind permision of Dave and Cathy.
This was their first experiance of woodturning and hope you agree they have done realy well.