Monday 31 August 2015

African Shield

Over the years most of my work has been coloured partly or completely.
I have had for many years an interest in the colours of Africa but never really saw a way of introducing them into my work until recently.
I was not at all satisfied with the last bowl I made so I took it apart and gave some thought about what I could use the bits for and this is the result.
The colours and pattern are meant to be quite subtle so I used red as a base colour than added the pattern in purple and sprays a very thin black over the whole thing
It is 16" high the base is stained Oak

Friday 28 August 2015

Beech bowl 11

Another Beech Bowl turned and then cut up to create a leaf shaped bowl on a stand made from the piece I cut out.

Thursday 27 August 2015

Beech bowl

Today I turned a beech bowl and then cut two slices out of it to make feet.
This Bowl is 13" x 2 1/2"

Monday 24 August 2015


Today my Student was Peter he has a lathe and equipment but needed a days tuition on Bowl turning.
Peter turned a very nice Beech bowl.
Well done Peter

Thursday 20 August 2015

Friday 14 August 2015

Alder from Ian

Yesterday I had a delivery of Alder from Ian at Turners cabin http://www.turnerscabin.co.uk/
Here are two nice Bowls from it  the first one is 9" x  2" and the second one is 14" x 2" finished with Lemon oil.

Friday 7 August 2015

American Students

yesterday I had three American Students that were from Texas and as I have never met many Americans I was not sure what to expect.
I never teach more than two students at a time so I got my Brother Chris to assist me that is him in the first pic.
They were really nice people and very well mannered Susan loved them because they called her mamm and hugged her when they left as most of my Students do.
The day went extremely well and it was interesting to hear all about America because I must admit I knew nothing at all about the place.
They were father and sons Tim ,Andrew and matt.
I should have taken more pics through the day but here are a few that I did take and the three bowls they made out of Ash

Tuesday 4 August 2015

David's days

For two days this week David has been with me to have an introduction to woodturning. His Wife Jane treated him to the Tuition as a Birthday present as he had always fancied having a go at Woodturning. I think it was a great present as David took to it like a duck to water. Every now and again you get someone come to you for tuition that you just know will make a very good woodturner and David is one of them. I hope he follows up with turning as a hobby as I am certain he will with practice make an exceptional turner. In the two days he was here David made two beautiful bowls with very little input from me and then spent half a day practicing spindle turning. David is a very patient learner and is prepared to listen and take advise but also able to work it out for himself. Very well done David.