Holey Conker Wood Bowl

The latest bit of woodturning. A large, holey chunk of horse chestnut wood I ‘liberated’ from the park over the road. Only just managed to get the log on the back of the bike and cycle it home as it was so heavy. Chainsawed it in half to make two bowls. It nearly shook the…

Hollow Sphere

Turning project to try and create a perfect sphere using a nice hollow log I found in the churchyard next door. I did a bit of googling on how to create a sphere and using a deceptively simple method of turning it on each of its three-axis it comes out perfectly. It was made a…

Batch of Bowls

  Been knocking out bowls since we last spoke, 6 new ones, yew, ash, walnut, sycamore, more yew and more ash. Some of the ash came from the local wood yard, been offering to take away their knotty bits that they can’t split. The yew is the last of Dads logs from ~1995, very well…

Half Rotten Birch Bowl

I’ve had this half rotten birch log sitting in the shed for years, found it in a pile in the church yard next door. Though I’d have a go at making something of it for a change from the usual perfect bowls. After a few false starts trying different ways of mounting it eventually settled…

Small Yew Ring Bowl

A small bowl to keep jewellery in, turned out of an old piece of yew, one of the last pieces from dads stock. After Jules lost her engagement and wedding ring because the cat knocked it off the dresser and it fell into the jumper draw, it took days to find. Hopefully keeping them in…

Salt and Pepper grinders revisited

Finally got round to fixing this project after 15 years! I had turned a pair of grinders on dads lathe some 15 years ago but I never liked the salt grinder. The pepper one looked lovely, nice balanced curves and I tried to do something different with the salt but it just looked kind of…

Square, rolled rim, bowl

Bowl turned from a square blank rather than the usual round ones. Managed to get a nice rolled rim just in the pointy corners. Had to be very careful of all those spinning pointy corners and not loosing a finger. Nice bit of gum burr, full of interesting knots and inclusions. Rather proud of this…

Turned ripple ash treasure box

2nd one of the set, this one for Dest for her 9th birthday. Did a better job of getting the grain to line up on this one (must be learning something). But left the wood on the lathe too long between sessions and the two parts warped ever so slightly so the lid goes on…

Turned, yew, treasure box

A wooden box made from English Yew. The wood had a nice shimmering grain and mirror smooth finish. Learnt a lot about the technical aspects of turning a box, like getting the grain to match on the lid and base and getting the diameters the same. This one was give to Ellie for Christmas 2013…

Plywood bowl

So the challenge here was to turn a wooden bowl from common old plywood, with the added difficulty of angling the slices for a more interesting effect. first cut circles, then slice some in half to get the ends angled, improvise a press to glue them all together. Then turn very carefully so as not…