I’ve been a bit erratic with my postings, being deeply into the holiday spirit, and holiday beer. I have had quite a few days of doing absolutely nothing, and a few days of turning. Also been busy with family matters, so quite a bit of time was spent away from everything.
I have managed to turn a few items however. I made a replacement for my cup and saucer, which took third place in the competition it was entered in. I’m not 100% happy with the saucer, but I can always revisit that one later on.
Timber is yew, and finish is shellac and paste wax.
I like the idea of the cup and saucer, and would probably never have tried it if not for the competition.
Following one of Cap’n Eddie’s youtube videos, I also did some fake hollow forms. Not having the tools for turning the hollow objects in one piece I did them in two parts and faked a join so they looked authentic.
My first attempt was in silver birch and joined behind one of the burned rings.
And from the top
There are some stress cracks from where I was a bit zealous during sanding. The finish is shellac and beeswax/carnauba blend.
My next attempt was a lump of oak. The join this time is at the base, just behind the little plinth.
The wood is quite knotty and has some inclusions that make it a bit more attractive in my opinion.
And from the top
Finish is beeswax\carnauba blend.
The third (and final for the time being) attempt was a vase turned from a rotted piece of oak. This has the join underneath, completely hidden from view. I cut the neck at an angle with the lower end of the cut at the same side as one of the holes.
A wee bit out of focus this photo. And from the top
Finish in this case is paste wax.
These don’t have the same kind of achievement as proper hollow forms, but still a good practice in hollowing. Every piece turned is always good practice.