In the previous post I spoke a little about my journey into wood-turning and the new business (Tern-About) that has spun out of it. This is a further exploration of both and an exposition of some of the products I have turned.
Immediately prior to Christmas (December 23rd to be precise), I was invited to Bowral Markets’ “Twilight Market” and, apart from me falling off my chair, was remarkably successful. (BTW, I only took some bark off the back of my head, no lasting deleterious effects!)
That market, combined with the Bundanoon Market
and the earlier Bowral morning market decimated my stock. I have spent the time twixt then and now redressing that situation a little. This post is to show off my new products.
he bowl above is about 25cm in diameter and about 10cm deep. I am including two views of each to give a better appreciation of the items. The Pewter in this bowl was introduced because the heartwood had some very deep splits (inside the tree!). the rim has to be incised with a trench into which the molten Pewter is poured and it flows naturally into the splits (which were previously masked off!).
I have found it to be a very effective technique and it certainly adds to the unique nature of each piece. BTW, the pewter used is Lead-Free and is produced by Northern Smelters in Brisbane (talk to Kath!).
The next piece was to use the offcut from the bowl above. In this ‘weed pot’ I once again incised a trench in the rim of the pot and filled it with Pewter, allowing it to flow down and fill an existing crack in the pot wall. The other side of the pot, as you can see, I have left in its’ natural state, the bark has fallen off but that is how the bough would have looked all round.
I decided to get a little more adventurous and make a ‘Gentleman’s Lidded Box’ next, as you can see, a ‘plethora of Pewter”. It’s weird you know, at every market there is someone who asks me “What can I put in it?” You can probably guess my answer!
No Pewter in this one! (well, only a very small amount). A tree-lopping friend of mine gave me a couple of small burls as a thank you for an engraving job my son and I did for him, and this is a small 25cm dia bowl I made from one of them. In fact, there wasn’t too much of the marbling and grain variation that would usually be expected from a burl. As I haven’t (yet) been told which tree the burls came from, I can’t give an attribution.
30cm dia Camphor Laurel fruit bow about 6cm deeplBack to the old favourite this time, Camphor Laurel. This 30 cm fruit bowl has no pewter in it whatsoever, just lots of colour and plenty of character. I love this timber it is so easy to work and just smells gorgeous. The fact that it is anti-bacterial by its’ very nature is an added bonus.
And, just for luck, another bowl in Camphor Laurel, a little smaller than the last and a different shape but just as useful in the middle of the table or sideboard.
This next is yet another from a Silky Oak offcut, it was a piece of wood with a difficult shape, and so as not to waste too much of the wood (I hate wasting good timber!) It turned itself into an interesting weed pot. It has the original edge on it all the way round.
Now I am continually being asked how I get the pewter into the bowls and pots. I have given a brief description of the process in this post but I hope to be able to do a post that is a little more full-on as far as describing the process in detail. I’d like to have it on video but I’m not much of a video person (even my stills are pretty poor!) so keep your eyes open.
Until then, keep smiling!