The Wonder of Wood

Turning Timber into Treasure


I am delighted to have been invited by Wycombe Museum to demonstrate at their Chilterns' Traditional Arts and Crafts Day as part of the Wycombe Arts festival.

I will be taking a small lathe and demonstrating how to turn some small Items and promoting woodturning and the Middlesex Woodturning Association.

It promises to be a good day so why not come along and bring a picnic which you can enjoy in the museum grounds.

Entry to the event and the museum is free.

The details are below from the wycombe museum website:


Chilterns' Traditional Arts and Crafts
Sun 4 Jun 2017, 
12:00PM - 5:00PM

As part of Wycombe Arts Festival, join us for an afternoon celebrating some traditional crafts of the Chilterns and see the skills of some local crafts people at work.


Demonstrations will include:

  • Chair ‘bodger’, Maurice Eldridge demonstrating ‘log to leg’ wood turning with opportunities for you to have to ‘have a go’
  • Basket making and willow weaving from Christine Brewster at
  • Traditional woodcarving from Wooburn Craft School,
  • Chair caning by Wycombe Cane and Rush works
  • As well as straw plait, lace-making and more…


This event is free to enter and not ticketed. 

This day will also feature bookable workshops for children - Corn Dolly Workshop and Windsor Chair Workshops!

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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 webrax abrasive and gave it a coat of microcrystalline wax.

Next I reversed the bowl onto a jam chuck and held it in place with a live ring centre inthe tailstock. I finished shaping the bottom of the bowl, rounding the base to give me a "wobble bowl"

This left a small nub in the centre where the ring centre had held it. I cut this away with a chisel and hand sanded the base. 

I charred the remaining area and wire brushed it with a bronze brush. This section was then given a generous coat of boot polish.

Having left this to dry I buffed it up and gave the whole piece a coat of microcrystalline wax, after 20 minutes I buffed it up to a nice sheen.

The Eucalyptus bowl was remounted and the center turned out.  

I decided that a different approach was required with this bowl. I sanded off the scorched area to reveal more of the wood beneath. I also sanded the centre.

I then gave the cracks a good blow out with the air line.

I gave both the centre, the rim and outside a good coat of sanding sealer, making sure to get a good coat into the scorched cracks which of course had not been sanded.

Next I finished turning the outside in the same manner as for the holm oak bowl. Having scorched the outside I blew out the cracks and gave the whole thing a coat of sanding sealer.

I let the sealer dry for a half hour and gave the bowl two coats of microcrystalline and buffed it up into a nice gloss finish.

I now have two nice bowls which will find their way to the club competition table and probably on to my Etsy shop.

I will post more pictures of these bowls on my facebook page:


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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, leaving the chucking tenon on so I can re-mount them on the lathe but I have not hollowed them out at this stage.

The burned sections have been treated with boot polish to enhance the black appearance and to give them a sheen.

I will post an article when I have them completed. 

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This bowl has been turned from ash It stands on its wings and the centre is suspended.

It has been charred, then it is brushed to expose the grain. It is then oiled and limed

It is 11" long and 7 " wide with a height of 1 3/4".

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This unusual and original piece is turned from Sapele.

It has a rebate in the rim that is filled with loose shells and enclosed in a clear tiffany style Glass ring.

It is finished with oil and wax.

11" Diameter.


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This very imposing bowl is turned from Mahogany.

The center is aggressively sanded to expose the variance between the soft and hard wood rings of the timber.

This gives an uneven surface which is ebonised and finger painted with a green and gold iridescent artists colour.

Finaly it is sprayed with an acrylic laquer and waxed.

The affect of this finish is to give the piece the appearance of a beaten and burnished bronze shield.

The outside of this bowl is oiled and waxed.

18 1/2" Diameter.

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This sapele bowl is nicely balanced with a good height to width ratio.

It has an oil and wax finish and would make a nice fruit bowl.

It has a rich red/brown colouring and a soft sheen.

9 1/2" Diameter.

This bowl is soon to be offered for sale on Etsy

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This bowl is turned from Canadian cherry wood.

It has a Reversed ogee form on the exterior and a broad rim with a Random pyrographed pattern.

9 1/2" Diameter.


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This Oak bowl is turned on the outside and deeply charred.

The outside is then polished.

Next the inside is turned and finished, leaving a thick wall to give the bowl a heavy feel.  

A bowl like this would be ideal to keep your nuts in.

 6" x 4".

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