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Wood Turning and other wood matters

Life as a woodturner can be fun and hard work. I always say that wood turners don't make mistakes they have design opportunities. Well sometimes. This blog will perhaps give some insight to the ups and downs.It will be fed by both me (Pete) and my partner & wife Mo who collaborates and acts as quality control. Hope you find it interesting and perhaps a little amusing

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  1. One more tuition to go and that's it for this year time to focus on Christmas.What do you get as a gift for people who have all that they want already? Ideas on the back of a £50 note please LOL.

    I have been making a 'tipsy' range this year, off centre turned goblets, candlesticks etc and have just heard from a gallery that they have sold these three. Nice bit of news just before Christmas. They are definitely quirky and not perhaps everyones taste but they have sold well this year at shows. Have to make some more for next years shows

    tipsy candlesticks

  2. Miserable day here with heavy rain though it is apparently heavy snow jjust a couple of miles away. Glad I have a heater in the workshop as I need to give it a clean for a student tomorrow. Anyone want a load of shavings?

    One of the problems with wood turning is that everything that you make is done in a way that can look great until you take it off the lathe. Experience has taught me to make sure that I can always put something back on the lathe and adjust or alternatively make things so that they can be adapted later if needed. This is an example. It is a variation on an ear ring stand that I make in pieces. Each part is seperate so can be either adjusted or remade if it doesn't work.In this case the base is far too heavy looking so I will be putting back on the lathe and turning to a more delicate design. Did wonder about having the base black as well but think it will be OK in natural wood.  The stained black parts also need to be polished and burnished to finish.

    Globe ear ring stand      Globe ear ring stand 4

  3. This was commissioned by one of the stall holders at the show at Blenheim Palace. The lady wanted a goblet or chalice that would be suitable for her husband and could hold 1/2 litre of beer. Needed to be classic, masculine and easy to hold. (don't ask why LOL) It is in walnut and lacquered to hold cool liquids as are all my goblets. Just waiting her approval before posting in time for Christmas.

    beer chalice  beer chalice 2

    Bitterly cold out but have the heater on in the workshop so off to try and make a piece for the club competition. Subject is 'open and shut'....need to think of something more than a simple box.

  4. Having finished all the shows it is good to be able to go and 'play,' well do things that I want to do. I do have one or two small commissions to finish and get off before Christmas however. This was done yesterday and awaits approval before posting it is a double ear ring stand in maple and walnut. Holds 48 pairs of hook or 24 pairs of stud ear rings. I always make these with a ring / bracelet stand at the top and a bowl as a base for all those extra bits you ladies always seem to have around. These are perfect for keeping the everyday pieces of jewellery handy instead of getting tangled up in a box.

    double earring stand 4

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