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Nov

8

Monster bowl finished

Monster bowl finished

This is the finished bowl. Measuring 28″ across and 15″ deep. At the end of the day I think it was worth it. Having the face plate screws start to pull through was an exciting moment, as was having the VB 36 lathe walk around the workshop due to severe out of balance issues. But [...]

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Nov

5

Monster 2

Monster 2

Once mounted on the lathe with a suitable faceplate, the first step is to get the blank to be round as quick as possible. Turning off these large chunks whole keeps the shavings down, and feeds the fire so there is little waste. At this stage the lathe rpm is very low as the out of balance force [...]

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Nov

4

Monster turning

Monster turning

Turning this monster blank was a challenge. First of all I had to lift it to the lathe using an engine crane! I had previously managed to get this chap onto the bathroom scales, (not in the bathroom I might add) but after bending the needle at the 22 Stone maximum, decided it was a [...]

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Aug

2

The Burnt Edge

The Burnt Edge

These burnt edge, coloured bowls are really fun to make. I often make them when demonstrating at a woodturning club, were the act of making a sweet little bowl, then colouring it, cutting it up, and finally burning the top makes many cringe. They often say, “it looked far better before I started messing about [...]

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Aug

2

Monkey Puzzle and a Bad Back

Monkey Puzzle and a Bad Back

An email arrived, telling that a large Monkey Puzzle tree had been taken down in Surrey. This was bad timing, as the previous weekend I had crocked my back and was still unable to walk upright, according to Darwin’s theory of evolution I was around halfway…. Still, with the wood beckoning I shot off to [...]

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