Thursday, November 17, 2016

Pot & Vase

I made the little pot as a sort of "proof of concept" using the Jo Sonja range of acrylic paints, these are the irridescent ones, I was inspired to try these by Dalboy (Derek) from the UK Workshop forum who used them to exceptional effect on a bowl.
The vase which is made from oak was used as a demo piece to show dissimilar colouring and shellac application techniques for the south west wales woodturners club in October.







Monday, August 8, 2016

Long time no post.

It's been an age since I posted anything, laziness I guess. Well with the upcoming woodcraft festival at the NBG Wales on the 20th and 21st of August I have been putting together a few new items. Here is a selection.







Monday, January 18, 2016

Woodwork Weekend at the NBG Wales

Another very enjoyable weekend working with Terry Smart of Chestnut products demonstrating colour and finishing techniques, I met lot's of very nice people, many of whom were very taken with the items I had brought along to the show (although no one actually took one home!) But many took cards and I hope if you are one and are reading this, that you had an enjoyable time viewing my work. Many of those items either already are or soon will be available for online purchase at my Etsy shop.  (link:  https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Shopswood)

Here are some images of  the items yet to be added and a shot of the set up we used.














Friday, November 6, 2015

Olive Ash Bowl

A few posts back I put up some pictures of three fresh cut bowls, one with very pretty grain, well, it's dried out and is now a finished product, and here is how it looks along with the green bowl shots below.







Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Rivers of Gold

It's been sometime since I made a post, I've not had much to put up. However, my latest project was a joint one, assisted by Richard my son!

Sometime back he called me into his own shed and showed me a strange device constructed from a microwave transformer, the two contacts complete with croc clips looked a little heath robinson, but he knows what he is doing.  The clips were attached to two small nails driven into a flat board about 18" long, a path was made between the nails with a solution of bicarb and the power switched on, the resultant track burned an interesting pattern across the wood.  Thus the idea to use this to decorate a bowl was born, and this is the result.







Thursday, August 27, 2015

Couple of items from the county show

The Pembs county show has three classes for woodturning, faceplate, between centres and a matched pair.
This year I entered all three and was pleased to do quite well, in the faceplate class I got first and third with the natural edged Laburnum bowl and the spalted box (both below) I got a first and second in the between centres class with a thin stemmed goblet and a very nice little Thuya Burr and Ebony finial Box, and I got a second in the matched pair with these two Pillar candle sticks, so all in all an excellent result!

I also entered a coloured hollow form, but that failed to attract the judges eye, still, I think it looks very nice. The finish is the best I have done yet, it really is like glass, and was done using Pro XL lacquer, which I was alerted to by fellow turner, Dave Jenkins from Barry, no mean turner himself, he has made some wonderful coloured and pierced items that must have taken many hours, you can see a couple below.









The following pieces are Dave Jenkins's work