Recent woodturnings

Some pics of wooden things I’ve made recently…

Little pot with scorched edges:

Small oak bowl:

 

Deep Ash (I think? maybe Beech?) bowl with cool grain and spalting:

My first attempt at Pyrography, on a little Celtic vase sort of thing:

and another bowl with interesting grain, this was finished off on my new reversing/coleman jaws chuck contraption, and has even thickness allround and no chuck indent underneath – it’s the way forward!:

Woodturning – ginormous Sycamore bowl

Last night I finished turning this large bowl from an even larger chunk of sycamore supplied by Home of Wood.

Here’s the finished beastie:

IMG_7752The blank I started off with was so large I had to swivel the head of my lathe sideways to get it turning. Once it was roughed and made round, I was just able to rotate it back over the bed of the lathe – there was no room to spare.

I kept as much of the width as I could, so the finished bowl is very nearly 12″ in diameter at its widest point.

Here are some pics of it mounted on the chuck & on the lathe.

IMG_7734 IMG_7737 IMG_7743 IMG_7745I used several thin coats of Wood Wax 22 for the finish on this one, which is a mix of beeswax and carnauba wax. It’s easy to apply and when you apply a little friction on the lathe (to generate some heat) it really brings out the grain and details of the sycamore.

IMG_7749After the ’22 was done I then applied a thin layer of Liberon Wax to seal it and provide a deep gloss finish, which should be reasonably hard-wearing.

IMG_7748Not sure the pics illustrate quite how large this bowl is, but it’s really pretty mahoosive!

IMG_7753 IMG_7755 IMG_7756 Much like the Woodturning – New Ash bowl I turned and posted about recently, there are some nice contrasts on the underside of this one.

I’m aware that if I’d gone a bit deeper/thinner on the inside this colour would have started to show through there too, which may have worked well, but I didn’t want to risk making it too thin. Or risk meeting the jaws of the chuck with the tip of my bowl gouge…

IMG_7763It covers a 12″ vinyl album pretty nicely 🙂

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Woodturning – New Ash bowl

Ordered some new woodturning blanks from Home of Wood recently. Very pleased with what they sent – sizes and variety all exactly what I was after.

Here are some pics of the first one I’ve finished turning, an Ash bowl with some nice grain and range of colour, finished off with my homemade beeswax and oil mix:

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Cheers,

Don

 

Green Woodturning bowls

Our neighbour let me chop up and use the wood from one of her Beech trees after it fell down in the wind.

I thought I’d try some “green” woodturning for a change and try to make her a bowl from her own tree to say thank you.

Here are some pics of the process.

 

The finished bowls…

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Back to the start – a freshly chainsawed log – one half per bowl:

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Gradually making it round:

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Shaping with a bowl gouge – lots of knots and checks to work around:

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One nearly completed bowl next to its sibling:

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I turned them “extra chunky” so if they warped while drying I could reshape them

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After a few months spent drying out (covered in sawdust under my lathe), I finished turning them and reduced the thickness.

Hopefully they are not going to crack or warp… time will tell!

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The finished bowls – treated with a homemade mix of bees wax & sunflower oil:

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