Monday 26 October 2015

A joy to teach

When teaching very occasionally you get a student that you just know would make a first class woodturner.
Today was one of those days her name is Joy and she was an absolute joy to work with.
Joy is a surgeon working mostly on patients with bowel cancer and I expect she has to have a very delicate touch to carry out these operations. Well she certainly had a delicate but positive feel for woodturning.
Joy is coming back for two days in the new year and I am looking forward to seeing her again .

The second picture shows the bowl colour better and yes Joy did the turning and the colouring.

Sunday 25 October 2015

Getting in the Christmas spirit

Everybody keeps telling me it is near Christmas so I thought I should get in the spirit of things .Here are some Sea Urchin ornaments I made today and have about another 20 to go .The shells have been hanging about here for several years so it is about time they were used.

Saturday 17 October 2015

Box making course.

Mark Sanger and I carried out a two day Box making course this week for  four Students.
Everybody enjoyed the two days and they all learned a lot about box making. The Students made several very nice box's the final Box was a Chinese Box that combined all the elements of Box making.
Students took away a lot of new knowledge and  an Aide Memoire to help with future Box making

Here are a few pics I took during the day.





Saturday 10 October 2015

Keith and Rebecca

Two more students this week having an introduction to woodturning day Keith and Rebacca.
Keith is a retired Doctor and Rebecca is a writer of children's books with 26 books published.
I am not sure if they will take up woodturning as they are both involved in other pursuits.
If they do or don't it does not matter as they both enjoyed their day here and they both have very nice bowls to show for it.
They do look pleased with themselves so it will be interesting to see what the future holds.
Very well done both of you it was an enjoyable day you were good company.

Friday 9 October 2015

Well done David.

David is a semi retired Civil Engineer who has decided to take up Woodturning as a hobby for his retirement .he has now bought all the equipment and with a days Bowl turning tuition he is ready to have a go on his own.
Well done David that is a very nice Beech Bowl.

Thursday 8 October 2015

Brothers Very Large Yew Bowl

Last Sunday my Brother Chris spent the day here and made a very large Yew bowl for a customer. The wood was as dry as a bone because it had been cut down well over ten years ago andhad been under cover ever since.

The finished bowl is 15" x 12"
It was turned on my Nova and it was so heavy and out of balance the lathe had to be chained down.to the floor

Friday 2 October 2015

The Creative Process

I am looking forward to doing a course with Mark Sanger on the Creative Process tomorrow in my workshop Just a few pics from the day
The truth is I forgot to take more pics.