Saturday 26 May 2018

Lex my Student today

My student today was Lex who was here for a days Woodturning experiance prior to setting up his own workshop.
Lex was one of the most natural would be Woodturners that I have ever had here I only had to show him somethin once and he could do it.That made for an easy day for me.
lex told me his wife Ruth's favourite colour was turquoise so he turned a beutiful beech bowl with a turquoise rim.

Thursday 24 May 2018

Texturing and colouring Wide rimmed Bowls

Earlier in the week Derek was my student here for two days Bowl turning to include some texturing and colour.
The first day Derek turned a nice plain Beech Bowl.
On the second day the plan was for Derek to turn an Ash bowl and create some texture and colour.

Derek making the beads with the Ashle Isles beading tool
 A gentle scorching to add some colour and to remove some soft grain
 Removing soft grain with a bronze bristle brush

Verdigris wax scrubbed well into the grain.

Wax part removed with kitchen towel
 More wax removed with Lemon oil to highlight the grain.
The Ash bowl was completed by lunch time ont the second day as you can see we spoil our Students

After lunch the rest of the day was spent showing Derek several different techniques for decorating a wide rimmed Bowl.
These techniques are shown in following pics.

 The rim on this Sycamore blank is carved using the Arbortech fitted with the King Arthur chainsaw type cutter.
 The rim has now been textured over the top of the carving with the Crown Tools texturing tool
 Rim lightly scorched
 The rim has now been coloured with Chestnut spirit stains Red Oronge and yellow to give a graded effect.

The rim of this Sycamore blank has been coloured with the new Chestnut Iridescent paints
First the rim is coloured black with Chestnut Ebonising lacquer then colours applied with a sponge in the following order  Purple Vivid blue and Azure.

 Lines carved to highlight rim

 The rim has now been carved with Arbortech V shaped carver

This next bowl is coloured with Martin Saban Smiths's Intrinsic Colour Collection
First the Sycamore Blank is coloured black

 In this picture a lot of the black has been sanded back and the first colour Ruby applied
 As you can see in this picture some more areas have been sanded back and Flame is applied
 More areas sanded back and the final colour Honey applied
The rim is grooved and two coats of Lacquer applied

 Here is Derek with the two bowls he completed and took home.


Saturday 19 May 2018

Jax and Vicky

Sometimes I cannot beleave how lucky I am.Semi retired and teaching Woodturning to lovely Ladies like Jax and Vicky.They were here today for a days Woodturning experiance.
They both turned lovely Beech Bowls

Friday 18 May 2018


My Student yesterday was Chris who was here for a days Woodturning experiance with a view to taking it up a a hobby.
Chris turned a very respectable Beech Bowl with a bit of texture on the rim.
Very well done Chris

Saturday 12 May 2018


My Student  today John has had a small lathe for about a year and prior to upgrading came here for a couple of days Bowl making Tuition.
John was good company and worked hard turning four very nice Bowls the first was a nice Beech Bowl.Then John turned a very nice Mulberry natural edge Bowl and two Walnut Bowls.The Walnut bowls were turned from a log john brought with him.

Here are a few pics from the two days.

Friday 4 May 2018

Dave and Jill

My Students today were Dave and Jill .They were here to have a days Woodturning experiance to see if they liked Woodturning enough to invest in the equiptment to take it up as a hobby.
They have asked me to Email them my recomendations for equiptment so that means they will be going ahead soon
They both enjoyed their day here and so did I they were good company.
Dave turned a beutiful Beech Bowl with lovely figuring and as you can see by Jill's hair in the following pic she likes colour.
Jill's Bowl is turned from Beech with a coloured wide rim.
Very well done both of you I look forward to seeing you soon.