Saturday 25 March 2017

Two days with Neil

Yesterday and today my Student was Neil who was here to learn Bowl and platter turning. Neil was very keen to turn a Bowl and a platter with some surface decoration.
We have had two great days Turning  and playing with textures and colours and Neil went away wit a lovely Beech Bowl and a lovely Beech Platter both with textured and coloured rims.
Below are some pics I took during the two days.

Saturday 11 March 2017

Elm Hollow Form

This roughed out Elm Hollow form has been drying for well over a year so I thought I would finish it.
It had not moved out of shape much so I completed the outside except the sanding and started the inside that is when it all went wrong.
Normally I would only remove the tool after stopping the lathe but this time I started to draw the tool out and caught the neck.
The moral of this don't work when you are tired I had just finished two days teaching and was really too tired to do it.
Not to worry it is only a bit of wood LOL.
Regards George

Friday 10 March 2017

Two days with Mark

Mark has been here for two days Woodturning Tuition and we seemed to really click I think it is due to his attitude and work ethic.
Mark has made up his mind that he wants to do woodworking and Turning some time in the future for a living and is prepared to work hard.
He is obviously prepared to work hard to achieve his goals and kept me on my toes for two solid days. The first day Mark turned a very nice Beech Bowl and still found time to practice some spindle turning.Today I asked Mark what he wanted to do and he said he wanted to make some square Sushi platters like some that I had made but he wanted to make them out of Ply. I have never turned Sushi platters out of ply so it was something new to me and I had no idea how they would turn out.
Taking great care because they were turned from square material and the corners were a safety concern work progressed as below. As you can see from the pics below they turned out very nice after texturing and scorching the edges. The rest of the day Mark practiced with the skew and although he did not make anything to take away other than his Bowls he got very proficient with the skew which has built his confidence no end.
Some pics taken during the day showing how the platters were made.
Blank mounted against a ply and Router mat disc turning to create a shallow spigot .
Spigot created and ready to shape the bottom of the platter.
 Bottom shaped sanded and given a good coat of Cellulose sanding sealer
 Shaping the bottom was done with a very careful pull cut taking care not to damage the corners
 Sanding was done with the Simon Hope pro sander taking great care on the corners
 Underside completed and ready for turning
 Turning the top surface
Mark turning the top surface ready for sanding very good upright comfortable stance
 Mark taking care when sanding with Pro sander
 Ready for edge texture and scorching
 Mark scorching after he had textured the edge.
 Removing the spigot on Vacuum chuck
 Completed Platters with the nice ply pattern
 A lot of time spent using the Skew and doing very well indeed
 Not satisfied with Bowl making Skew practice he then wanted to practice with the Crown Revolution hollowing tool.
Three nice Bowls to take home .

Tuesday 7 March 2017

Michael and Hillary

Today my Students were Michael and Hillary a lovely couple from Devon.
Hillary treated Michael to a days Woodturning Tuition as a birthday present and then come along to keep him company.
They were great company and as you can see they are not bad Woodturners.
Thank you both for a great day you were great company and hopefully we will see you again
These are the two lovely Beech bowls Michael and Hillary turned today.

Saturday 4 March 2017

Brothers Alex and Charlie

Today my Students Alex and Charlie were here because Charlie treated his brother Alex to a 50th birthday present a days woodturning Tuition.
Alex has inherited a lathe and tools from his Father in law and needed a bit of a confidence booster before getting stuck in.
I think they enjoyed their day here and both created very respectable Beech Bowls.
Well done lads you did well and were easy company.