Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Davids Birthday present

David's Wife Penny treated him to a days woodturning tuition for his Birthday.
Although David has his own Lathe and tools he felt he would benefit from some formal Tuition.
David turned a very nice bowl from Beech and hopefully went away with more confidence.

Well done David you did very well.


Saturday, 7 October 2017

Saturday with Paul

My Student today was paul who was treated to a days Woodturning Tuition by his Wife Hannah.
Paul has got a lathe at home but I have a feeling he will be updating it quite soon.
Paul got on very well today and took to turning like a duck to water.

Keep up the practice Paul you have the makings of a good turner.

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Neils third day

This was Neil's third and last day for this year but He promises to come back again next year we will look forward to that as he is great easy company.
To round off the three days Neil turned a very nice Beech Bowl from the same log as the other two pieces.
This one is cross grain and the other two were end grain.
Neil has a very nice set of three pieces from this trip and he said he has just the place to put them in his bedroom.

Here are a few pics from the day.

The three finished pieces


Shaping the bottom with a pull cut

 Bottom turned and sanded down to 400 grit
 Lemon oil applied to stop drying while we had lunch
 Getting stuck into the inside now
 Inside nearly turned
 Final sanding down to 400 grit
 Inside completed ready to reverse and remove spigot
 Removing the Spigot
 That's it finished and very nice it is too.
 That's it the three days and three very nice pieces to take home to Hampshire.

Saturday, 30 September 2017

Second of three days for Neil

Today is Neils second day of three and he said he likes a challenge and as he was enjoying working with wet wood we decided he would make a Bert Marsh inspired piece  .
This piece is turned wet from the same Beech log as yesterdays piece.
This was quite challenging for Neil as it was way out of balance but perseverance and hard work payed off and he has made a beautiful form.

Here are a few pics from today .


This is a big lump
 Starting to get into balance
 That was not easy
 Spigot and waste area ready for turning
 Starting to hollow with 10mm Bowl gouge
 That looks good
 Due to the depth Neil found it easier to work with the Crown Tools Midy revolution in the bottom
 Lath is stopped and lemon oil is applied with lathe stopped
 Doesn't he look pleased with himself
 That is a beutiful piece Neil

Friday, 29 September 2017

First of three days for Neil

My Student today was Neil who is here for three days.
Neil was here for two days last year and he turned two very nice bowls .
Neil thought it would be good to set out on a bit of hollowing on this trip so I suggested he starts of with quite an open form for starters and below there are a few pics from today.
This Form is turned from end grain wet Beech with the Crown tools Midi Revolution.

I am not sure what neil will want to do tommorow.
Whatever it is I will add it to this thread.


This is quite a large form about 7" High
 Sanding the outside
 Removing the Spigot
 Applying Lemon oil

 Doesant he look proud and so he should





Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Good company today

Today my student was Stuart who has been talking about Woodturning for many years and has finally decided to have a days turning experience prior to making up his mind whether to take it up as a hobby.
I think he should as he obviously has a feeling for turning and would soon make a good turner.
Stuart was great company and we had a very enjoyable day.
Stuart made a very respectable beech Bowl wit a textured and coloured rim


Saturday, 16 September 2017

Todays Student George

My Student today was George who is still at School and needed to do a practical project for his school work.
George is studying design and needed to make something creative but not necessarily useful.George decided he would make a wide rimmed Bowl and colour the rim if there was time. He is a bright lad and took very quickly to turning and that left plenty of time for colouring.
The colours we used were new water based stains that I recently received from  http://www.msabansmith.com/
I have not had a lot of experience with these stains so it was a bit of a learning curve for myself and George.
Her are a few pics from today and the last one is George and his beautiful bowl.











Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Todays Student John

My Student today was John from Bridgwater and as he lives so close I am hoping he will join our local Woodturning Club (http://www.burnham-on-sea-wtc.co.uk/ )
John has a lathe and some tools buried somewhere in his garage and I am hoping he has found enought insperation today to dig them out.
John was an easy to teach Student and very good company as you can see he turned a very nice bowl out of spalted Beech wit a coloured rim.
Very well done John.




Wednesday, 9 August 2017

He wanted a challenge

My Student today was John he was here as a present from his Wife Nellie and his Son Harry
Whenever a new Student comes here we sit down for about half an hour and have a natter this gives me an idea of the nature and capabilities of the Student and helps me plan our day.Well I got the feeling that John was up for a challenge so I did something I have never done before. I would normally start a new complete Novice off making a Bowl out of either Sycamore or Beech because they are quite easy and forgiving.
As John was obviously up for something different and he said he was quite practical I sorted a very nice Mulberry blank.Now anybody that has ever turned dry Mulberry will know it is as hard as hell and this piece was no exception.Not only was it hard it was a very difficult shape for turning due to there being lots missing.
I was quite happy for John to turn this but I knew I would have to supervise him very closely because the last thing I wanted was an accident.
Everything went really well because as John said he is very practical and he took to the turning like a duck to water.
If we started this piece and I had been in the slightest doubt that John would have been able to have coped I would have stopped immediately and done something easier.
Below are some of the pics taken through out the day.


Before John started I told him to be prepared for a hard day and when you look at this Mulberry Blank you can see why
 Turning the Blank to round with a push cut
 Starting to remove the high spots with a pull cut here John is cutting mostly air


 A lot of the high spots removed and getting a bit easier
 Bottom shaped and Spigot formed.Sanding with the Simon Hope Pro Sander and three inch disc

 Finishing the bottom down to a thousand grit.Everything that leaves my workshop is sanded down to a thousand grit .

The bottom sanded and John applying Lemon Oil and leaving it to soak in while we have lunch.




 What stunning grain

 Lunch finnished and back to work John flattening the top ready to remove the centre Bowl.
 Removing the centre with the Crown Tools 10mm M42 steel Bowl gouge.
 Centre removed ready for sanding

Again the Simon Hope sander with the two inch pad ideal for the inside

 Sanding down to 1000 Grit Ny Web Pads from Chestnut Products.
 A little bit of pattern on the rim with the Crown Tools texturing tool
 Carefully removing the Spigot
 Final sanding to remove the last of the spigot and the job is done.The bowl has been treated with Lemon oil and I gave John some to take with him to apply extra coats
 Look at the beutifull figuring on that Bowl


 Doesant he look pleased and so he should he has done exeptionly well.