Saturday, 15 June 2019

Wood and Pewter 11

Following on from my recent Wood and Pewter Sculpture I have started a second piece.
I have taken pics of the prosses I have used as follows.

This is Turned from a 16" x 2" Oak woodturning Blank.
I random carved it with a Arbortech carver they cut the slots at random on the Bandsaw.
As you can see from this pic it is shaped the same both sides because I want this to be something that can be looked at from any angle and still look good.
Here we have a close up of the textured Carved then heavily scorched and Chestnut spirit stained black
I have now cast the Pewter in the recess ready for turning down.I found a negative scraper was the best for turning the pewter down
Pewter turned down level with Oak

I have now added some texturing to the Pewter with the Crown tools texturing tool a bit hard to see in this pic.

I decided that the whole centre done with Pewter was a bit too much I am not sure but anyway I decided to create a ring so that the two areas of wood would set of the Pewter

At this stage I still had the other side to do so I thought instead of casting the ring in the piece I would make it separately and then fit it in the recess .With a separate piece I have turned a recess a little over the size I will eventually need to give me scope for trimming up

 This has to be dead level or the Pewter will not be level after the pour
 Pewter poured and much too thick.
I have created a flat on the bottom of the mould so that I can hold it safely against the belt sander

This is flat on the bed of the Belt sander it is then stood up and sanded
Ring inserted and glued into recess
The Pewter has now been tooled down to size with scraper and a texture added

That is it all completed just the base to make now.
 I have decided to make a plain Oak base as a bit of a contrast this is it cut to size and ready for sanding on the belt sander
 Being thicknessed and sanded .Makes it all a lot easier when you have the right kit for the job
This is the finnished Sculpture it can swivel on the base so that the customer can move it to suit their taste.
 The base has been oiled with Chestnut Hard Wax Oil


  1. Well, what a piece to be proud of! Would you display this outside or in? I wonder what a weathered version would look like? Doesn't heat have different expansion effect on different materials?

  2. Hi Shaze Nice to here from you This piece would be OK inside or outside No Expansion worries

  3. A stunning piece of work George and very interesting to read through the process.

  4. Thank you Les I am pleased you took the trouble to read it.I would do a lot more if I thought People would read them

  5. Excellent George. When I turn a pewter ring I cast in a mould with a chucking point. A drop of superglue after it’s set and then I trim an lathe to side so I can keep the trimming for another job.
    I think this is a stunning piece of work and the blog is very interesting.
    Cheers Dave

  6. Thank you Dave and for the tips any help is always appreciated

  7. A great looking piece George, and a great insight into the process of making it
    cheers Andy

  8. Thank you Andy it is a lot of extra work doing a WIP on the Blog but it is worth it if it helps People