Blackwood Bowl

I finished off this bowl a couple of weeks ago and I finally got around to showing it here. It’s made with a hunk of Blackwood that I had picked up somewhere. It’s about 200 mm Dia and 50 mm High. It’s finished with several coats of Ubeaut Aussie Oil. Still need to put a couple more coats of oil on it yet.

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Turnfest 2016

Had an amazing time at the Gold Coast last week attending Turnfest. It really is an eye opener to see what people are capable of doing with a few bits of wood and a lathe. It has inspired me to try a few more things this year, and to push myself into learning more about wood turning.

Next year is the 15th Turnfest and there are some amazing turners coming from around the world to show there skills and pass their knowledge onto other turners. I’m already booked and counting down the days.

Now I just have to find a bit more time to get into the shed more and start turning wood into sawdust.

Yellow Box

Had a friend drop off a couple of pieces of Yellow Box the other day (thanks Sam). Nice looking wood but unfortunately it’s not for me. He wants me to make him up a  couple of bowls from it.

Yellow Box for Bowls
Yellow Box for Bowls

Just waiting a little while for it to acclimatise to the local environment a bit and then I’ll see what I can do. There’s a bit of splitting on the ends so I’m hoping it doesn’t go in too far and I can get a decent sized blank out of them for the bowls. Keep watching for an update

Display Cabinet

Went to Aldi’s the other day and bought one of there glass display cases. Lennie was getting upset about the amount of wood things I had lying around so we decided to get somewhere I could show them off.

Display Case
Display Case

It went together fairly easily and at least it keeps my bits and pieces together and out of the way. I look forward to slowly filling it up with some of the things I make.

Wood Shopping

Had a day out today and took a trip up to Bowral to get a few pieces of wood. Visited the guys at All Class Timber Services , and picked up some more pen blanks and a couple of bigger turning blanks.

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Not too big of a haul but it will keep me out in the shed for a while. Thanks to Simon for looking after me today.

More Bowls

Well I had a bit of time late last week so I thought I’d give a couple more bowls a go. Tried a few different styles and wood types.

They didn’t turn out too bad. Had a couple of catches with the chisels as I was going, but managed to survive the experience. I’m happy with the shapes I made but I still need to work on my finishing. Needed a bit of sanding and it’s still a bit rough in some places. I’m sure more practice will see me improve. Will have to join the local wood guild and see if I can get someone to give me a few pointers. Just need to find a few more wood blanks so that I can keep on practicing.

First Bowl

Well it’s been a while since I had the chance to add anything to my page. Things have been a bit hectic around here and I haven’t had much time to get into the shed. Finally bit the bullet today and decided I’d get in there and get something done.

I’ve wanted to try turning a small bowl for some time now, so I finally decided today was the day. Found a blank I had stored away, mounted it on the lather and went at it.

It didn’t turn out too bad for a first try. The finish is a bit rough, and I could have put another coat of wax on it to give it a better finish. Overall I’m pretty stoked for a first try and I know I’ll get better with more practice. I might have to join the local woodwork guild and get some instruction on turning.

For those interested the bowl is about 115mm dia, the wood is Silver Ash, and I used the Robert Sorby Turnmaster to do the shaping.

Now the bug has got me again I’m sure I’ll be busy in the shed for the next few weeks at least. Keep your eyes open for more posts.