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Feb

23

Front Cover of British Woodworking Magazine

Front Cover of British Woodworking Magazine

British Woodworking Magazine risked their circulation figures for the December/January issue. Here I am pictured with the new Axminster Super Percision chuck I reviewed in the magazine. Also I wrote an article on making an off-centre pendant using a simple jig, which is included in the magazine. A big thank you to Nick Gibbs the [...]

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Oct

12

Tall Monkey Puzzle vase

Tall Monkey Puzzle vase

A vase made from a young Monkey Puzzle tree. Unfortunately the tree had outgrown its place close to a house, and the tree surgeons where called in. After colouring I tried a new finishing coat on the surface, wipe on polyurethane. Mixed feelings about this as it was easyish to apply, but doesn’t have the [...]

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Aug

24

Budda Bowl

Budda Bowl

A commission to make a large bowl celebrating the retirement of a head teacher from a private school. The Yew bowl was made from a tree felled on the school grounds. Decorated on the inside edge,  and wax over oil finish.

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Sep

17

Yandles Autumn Show 2011

Yandles Autumn Show 2011

Myself demonstrating at Yandles Autumn Show. It is a real privilage to demonstrate at this show, meeting lots of great people, and having the use of a VB36 lathe supplied by Technology Supplies Ltd. Yandles organise shows twice a year, the atmosphere is always relaxed and friendly with lots to see, and of course plenty of [...]

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Sep

4

splattered

splattered

Just finished,  a 500mm  carved and coloured platter. Taking a cutting tool to a perfectly good piece is a daunting task, as it is literally make or break it time……. I will let you be the judge on this one.

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May

16

Birds Nest 3

Birds Nest 3

A close up of the nest itself.

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May

16

Birds Nest 2

Birds Nest 2

A view of the Birds Nest showing the egg shell inlay and the carving. The nest itself is meant to look like twigs etc. The pedestal is carved to represent the bark of a tree.

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May

16

Birds Nest 1

Birds Nest 1

The Birds Nest is supported by a Holme Oak vase made from a very old piece of this evergreen oak. It is full of character with all kinds of features depicting its long life. Making this, what is the base piece took longer than expected, as a new support had to be made to prevent [...]

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Apr

26

Fluke

Fluke

Just made over the Bank Holiday weekend.. Easter 2011,  this vase has good luck engrained in it! Destined for my firewood pile and saved from a crispy end several times. This poor piece of wood shows signs of decay, regrowth, spalting, burrs and all sorts of trauma. I feel as though it has been rescued [...]

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Apr

25

Jayoba’s Dream

Jayoba’s Dream

Jayoba’s dream is named after a small shrub that grows on parched land. It never grows very well and dreams of becoming a majestic tree. This Monkey Puzzle vase was turned at Yandles Autumn show last year. It was only finished this week. The finish comprised of first hammering the textured area, followed by two [...]

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