The Wonder of Wood

Turning Timber into Treasure

An interesting project for a furniture maker. He was reproducing a set of Library Steps as a copy of an existing set that had fallen into disrepair. He did not do woodturning so he asked me to make the spindle. As it was nearly 1M long it gave me the opportunity to try out my bed extention and cenrtre steady.

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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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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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