Saturday, March 28, 2015

Beech Box

The UK workshop forum competition has changed to a three monthly format, the first subject of the year is a Box, this was my entry, which made the top spot, very pleasing!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Bowl number two from NBG

I finally got round to finishing the other Bowl I was colouring at the NBG show, this is the one the Children helped to colour! (they coloured part of the outside)

The inside has a very different character in colour to the outside in this bowl, being very green, but I feel it works very well as you have two natures to the bowl in one.

Inside finish is shellac, outside is acrylic lacquer. 20p is for scale.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Colour complete

A few shots of the bowl in the colour video now lacquered and polished.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Colour demo video

I made a small demonstration video showing some coulouring technique, below are a couple of shots showing the bowl in the light, but without any lacquer, you can see the colour looks well enough, but later, once the lacquer is applied, I will add the finished photos and you will see the difference a gloss finish can make to a coloured piece.

 Video Link

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Magnetic Sound

Does anything attract the attention of a woodturner quite like the sound of a nearby chainsaw? We just have to see if there is anything interesting that might just be available and head right on over to the siren sound. So it was that I came across a large piece of Olive Ash that was part of the bent base of a large Ash tree compound trunk, the wood was being cleared away for a village pond and yes, I could have what I wanted, so I cut out the most likely sections and drove them back to the house to prepare and rough out.  The three resulting bowls are a very good size, the largest being a full 14" across (the lathe can manage 16", but that is true round, I had to chop these almost round just to get them mounted!)
But well worth the effort, the prize of course is the beautifully marked Olive Ash which dominates the main bowl base, it is a great shame that the wood does not retain these vivid colours though, but still, I am sure it will look very eye catching as a finished item.

Here are a few pictures.