The Wonder of Wood

Turning Timber into Treasure

No, this is not a story by Roald Dahl it is a story about a Giant Gastropod and a very big Fungus. We had a nice day at Norwood green Village day last Saturday. I turned lots of spinning tops…
I collected some green oak posts for my brother Keith last week. Having coped the tops and cut them to length we had some offcuts which Keith kindly gave to me. I took these pieces of timber back and it was…
We had a nice day on saturday at the Eastcote House and Gardens Picnic. The weather was very good and the event was well attended. Sales where quite good and we had a lot of positive feedback on our display.…
Back to work on my two burned bowls. The Holm Oak bowl was remounted on the lathe and the bowl hollowed out and sanded. I treated the hollow with cellulose sanding sealer and knocked it back with some very fine…
I have started to make two bowls. One is a very nice piece of Holm Oak (Quercus Ilex) or Holly Oak the second is a heavily cracked piece of Eucalyptus.  I have turned the outsides and rims of the bowls,…
This very unusual bowl is made from Holm Oak, (Quercus Ilex) or Holly Oak. It is a very original design and I have naturally named it for its external profile. Also like its namesake it is pleasing to look at,…
!!!!!!!!!!HAZARD WARNING!!!!!!!!!!   I have been reluctant to go out to the workshop this week for fear of being stung by one of the giant wasps that are nesting in there fortunately no one has been stung yet but I…
Now completed, this was an interesting project. Having given my bowl acne I turned the bottom of the bowl then I divided the top off into twelve irregular segments with lining tape and started the painting process. The pimply section…
This is a new project combining different painted finishes, pyrography, textured surfaces and staining.  I have prepared a 10X2 sycamore bowl and textured it by a method shown to me by Mark Raby of CR Craft Creations with some advice from…
I was very pleased to be asked to represent Middlesex woodturnersw association in their display of members work at the daventry woodworking show. I submited four pieces and was pleased to have one put forward for the final judging. The…
This is my work in progress bought to completion. It is my entry for this years Graddage prize. Unfortunately no win this year but I still have hope for the piece. Last years entry was a wood and glass confectionary…
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