Saturday, March 29, 2014

Small Bowl

This was certainly a tricky one, this months UK workshops monthly challenge was

"Smaller than a Matchbox"

What to turn was the first challenge, the subject is so broad!  I decided to go with something simple, at least as far as form was concerned, a natural edged bowl in Pearwood.

Monday, March 24, 2014

More Timber ID

Just a couple of pictures for wood ID, this time it's London Plane, this sample is from a tree brought down in the 1980's hurricane.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My policy has matured!

Actually, my Beech has spalted, but it's similar. Some logs I set aside have eventually spalted, quite nice patterns, but I could have wished for better, still, maybe some of the others will produce better variation, meanwhile this Hollow Form is reasonably pleasing, I made it with a wall thickness of about 8mm, this gives it a pleasing weight in the hand, the finish is shellac. The form stands about 210mm tall.

Of further interest, this is the log from which the little offcut I made the video with came from, it needs a final finishing on the flat surface, I will pop the pic up in a few days, so then they will be a sort of father and son pic!

Saturday, March 15, 2014


A recent thread on the UK workshop forum led to a nice small commission to produce a cricket trophy based on the actual ashes trophy, complete with an inscription, this is the end result which I am happy to say has been received with delight by the customer!

The original has a square section pair of handles which would have been very difficult to incorporate into this small (6" in height) urn. Mo was a great Uncle of the customer.