Hi, Alan Stratton, from As Wood Turns (www.AsWood
Turns.com) I’ve been doing these videos now for six
years. It seems like I should know everything by now. But I find out, regularly, that it
is still easy to make a very bad mistake. It reminds me of some of the things that I’ve
resolved to do all along. For example, this week’s video was to be
this green cherry bowl with a natural edge. It was looking mighty beautiful. However,
I wanted to do one more cut. This time a sheer scrape on the outside since it is hard to
sand the wings of a natural edge bowl. So, I wanted to do one more sheer scrape one…
I did not focus enough on how my gouge was pointing. And it broke off.
The next thing I knew. Fortunately, one thing I harp on is to wear a full face shield..
Then a big whack on the side of my face shield. So I’ve reinforced my resolve to always
wear a full face shield. I looked at the video, I was going to show
it but it turns out that green wood also sprays water. So my cameras got fouled with shavings
and water. So I cannot even show the accident. So, instead, I have a chunk of spaulted apple
from a club meeting. It has just been laying around here. So I decided to go ahead and
turn this spaulted apple into a very pretty little bowl. But this one is whole and yes,
I did wear my full face shield. Let’s turn this bowl.
Theoretically, I should mount this block of apple to a screw chuck. But why bother? I
would use the tailstock anyway. So why not just jamb it against the chuck jaws with the
tailstock. As long as it does not spin, it is solid. This is beautiful wood, the spalting
adds a unique appearance. The first task is to shape the exterior and cut a mounting tenon.
I’m also cutting another lip above the tenon to help guide my eyes to see a curve that
will continue across the bottom and not intersect what it is sitting on. My large bowl gouge
is a good choice for both cutting and sheer scraping. I’ll keep at it until I’m happy
with the shape. The wood is dry but still cuts easily. I’m using a ½” skew to clean
up the tenon. Next, I’m flipping the wood around to mount
it into the chuck. First now, a bit of shear scraping to true up the exterior after the
remount. It’s always off a little bit. I’m still using my large bowl gouge. The wood
is coming out nicely. My target for the walls is just over ¼”. A little work with a large
gouge cleans up the bottom. Then sand up through the grits.
Next, I’m applying shellac friction polish to the inside and outside of the bowl. For
me, it convenient to remove the bowl with the chuck to apply finish to the interior
before mounting it back on the lathe for a rub down.
Lastly, the foot. The bowl is small enough I can mount it on my large jaws. I’ve protected
the bowl with masking tape and a strip of plastic cut from a milk carton. Easy does
it. I’m now using a spindle gouge. Then a skew to clean up the middle of the foot
before sanding the foot area. I like to sign my pieces while they are still
mounted in the chuck if at all possible. Why? Well, because I like to sand the signature
area just a little more with fine sandpaper to remove any sharp edges from the burning.
And, if I mess up, I can remount the work, tool off the mistake and sign it again.
My current signing process uses my DIY “Vaporizer” power supply patterned after Graeme Priddle,
a DIY pyrography pen patterned after Molly Winton, a small ball tip, and a set of head
mounted magnifiers from Treeline. I have videos on the vaporizer and pen about a year ago.
As it turns out, I was so focused on getting the new year right, I messed up and had to
remount the bowl to tool out the burning. In the past, I’ve used a Dremel metal etcher
or a sharpie to sign with. I’ve even tried to fill the etch area with a gold shellac
stick. I did not like the shellac stick as it would get into the grain. Since I have
the pyrography equipment, I now prefer to burn to sign.
I’m surprised how pretty this bowl is in apple. The spalting adds a lot more character.
It goes to show that club wood is a great source of turning wood.
We’ll see you again next week for another woodturning video. Please give this video
a thumbs up, subscribe and tell your friends. Always wear your full face shield –goggles
are not enough protection. Until next week, this is Alan Stratton from As Wood Turns dot
com. Let’s keep on turning.