Saturday, 30 July 2011

latest turnings

And for something different I have turned an auctioneer's gavel and block, so if you have an auctioneer doll this could be ideal. Turned in Olivewood the gavel measures 9/16" long, the block is approx the same.
And now a honey pot, again it's in Olivewood, I just love turning this wood, the grain is fantastic and I get a real nice smooth finish.
The dipper measures 13/16" long and is turned in rosewood.
Here you can see the other side of the pot.
Height of the honey pot is 3/4" to the tip of the lid.

Both of these items will be on ebay tonight, my user name is smallartist.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Back to the spooky stuff

This is a one of a kind, I turned the cauldron and then added the legs and handle.
Then I filled and painted it, you can see a few bones and bits on the surface.
The handle is not movable.

Am very pleased with this one.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Love Goblet

Took a bit of work and a few that didn't quite make it, but finally got there, a love goblet with two rings, I have turned this from a solid piece of wood, rings are not removable unless you break the stem in half.

My next step will be to try and turn one with three rings, now that is not going to be an easy task, but being a determined old so and so I shall get there eventually.

Friday, 15 July 2011

and now for a bit of art

Just trying something different, a little bit of hand turned art deco.
Lots more ideas on this type of turning, depends on how well this one does on ebay.

Want a cheap hat, then try Kat the Hat Lady's shop on ETSY, she has a sale at the moment.

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Turning bottles

Been trying to turn this clear acrylic for some time now, finally got a bit of success as you can see from the photo.

My tools were too large so after some experimenting I have turned my own tools which deals with this material so much better, still takes a while for each bottle, but I was determined.

These are solid acrylic so tops are not removable, but with labels added I think these could look quite impressive.
I have listed 10 on ebay under my user name of smallartist just to see if there is much interest.

Saturday, 9 July 2011

Distressing time!!

Thought it was time I had a go at some furniture again, I made this set in mahogany and stained it in dark oak.
I have distressed it to make it look aged and well worn.

Ideal for a tudor house or even a witches or wizards house.

I have just listed it on ebay, under my user name of smallartist.

Have now got a week off work and I must must must start getting stock ready for the online fair and the 
new Midland Fair which is at Droitwich in November, I have a sneaky feeling this is going to be a really high class fair.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

back into my stride

After a few days break I am now back to the wood turning again.
Had to fit a new dust extraction system, the dust from most woods is very harmful and most of the exotic hardwoods are very toxic while turning and the dust being so small can get through even the best masks, it's now so nice to breath fresh air whilst turning.

Here we have a six piece apothecary set in bethlehem olivewood, a lovely smooth finish and some lovely grain.

Please note all my turnings are my own ideas, when I put a piece of wood onto the lathe, for me it's creating art, I just let my imagination go.

Some of my turnings are available on my website also some are available on ebay and even more will be available at the new Midland Dolls House fair at Droitwich in November.

And after putting my paints away for a short while I have started painting again, the first one is shown below, PROVENCE FARMHOUSE and is listed on ebay under the username of smallartist