Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Monday, September 27, 2010
I didn't expect anything this size, I was hoping for 8-10" logs, possibly as large as 12". When I talked to him this afternoon he said 20" diameter but I still had my doubts.
I was blown away when he opened the garage. 18 pieces with more than half in the 16-18" diameter range and 22-24" long. I took him a 19-20" African Sumac crotch in return but I think I still owe him after this haul.
Friday, September 24, 2010
Thursday, September 23, 2010
I'm going to do the same multi axis demo I did in Phoenix and Prescott earlier this year. It's both basic enough for beginners and advanced enough for experienced turners.
I'm probably going overboard doing this a full month ahead of time but I'd rather do it now than have to rush it at the last minute and things are going to get busy. I have a birthday, an art show, and a club meeting on the 3 Saturdays preceeding the demo.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
When the 3 inlays are lined up the box is locked and the lid is secure.
Rotating the box 90 degrees so the 2 inlays are aligned will allow the box to be opened.
Monday, September 20, 2010
Saturday was the September meeting of the Arizona Woodturners. Local club member Dale Gillaspy (http://turnsandtwists.blogspot.com/) was our demonstrator. He filled in on short notice after we had a scheduling conflict and did a fantastic job. After the meeting I headed north to Anthem to play in a poker tournament. The host had a black light flashlight so we headed out back during a break to look for scorpions. It didn't take long to find 3 or 4 along their back wall. My son has a birthday coming up in about 2 weeks and I'm going to get him a flashlight of his own. I'm sure he'll get a kick out of it.
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
I grabbed a piece of Alaskan Yellow Cedar from a local craft store and went to work tonight.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Closeup of some of the burl figure.
My gut tells me to do a large natural edge nested set similar to the set below (and from the same tree) but I'm looking for other opinions.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
I've been busy over the last couple of days. Doing a fair amount of turning but I haven't been keeping up with my posts. I'm trying a couple new things on some pendants, including some that aren't turned at all. I also got a couple of Paua shells to use as inlays.
I also worked on a lidded box made from some Olive wood I've had for a long time. It's one of my favorite styles, multi axis with a twist.
The downside to this style is that they aren't lightweight because of the thick sidewalls. I could have made it a little thinner but because of the overall shape it will always have a fair amount of heft.