Sunday, 30 March 2014

new material


  Have now bought some new material to play, sorry work with!
It is a resin that has been coloured and injected under very high pressure with a burr wood.
Very nice to turn and already have lot of ideas to use it for.
As you can see from the photos this pedestal and vase/jardinière has a nice contrast between the wood and the resin and it polishes up lovely, have to keep sharpening the tools though as anything that is slightly worn will chip the material.

The one above is a pedestal fruit bowl, obviously can be used for many different things, this has an array of wonderful colours blended in, could even be used by a witch, but now wondering if these items could be used as art deco or arts and crafts.

Was hoping to add my latest painting (a panorama) but have got yet another cold and I feel horrible so that will have to wait for another day to finish it off.

Sunday, 23 March 2014

More turnings in exotic woods.

Well I managed a couple of hours in the workshop this morning and have managed to turn some containers using an exotic wood called Thuya Burl, I just love working with burls as you never know how it is going to look, so many variations, the two above and two below are all from the same piece of wood.

The piece below is a hat stand with shelf which I have turned from Mexican kingwood, these take a bit longer to make than a lot of the other miniatures I make, but very satisfying when finished.

The stoneware/earthenware is the end product of some turnings I did in wood, I have then made moulds and cast them in a plastic resin.
And last but not least some more hand turned bottles, this time for the witches out there.
Dead Man's Port, Bat's eye whisky etc etc etc........

The article about my various turnings is going to be in American Miniaturist and is due to be in the June edition, also other turners are to featured in the article and I look forward to reading it.
Coming soon......... panoramic paintings, I have just finished making a mould for my latest frame and all being well will have a painting to put in it soon, but for now back to working on my commissions.

Sunday, 2 March 2014

New turnings

Pleasant few hours on the lathe this morning, the set above is turned from Cocobolo which is an exotic rosewood. Three lidded containers, mixing bowl, mortar & pestle and a couple of plates.
This has some lovely figure in the wood and ideally suited for miniature turnings.
The tallest piece is approx 1/2" high.
Could be used as an apothecary set, or whatever you fell like it could be used for.

This three piece set is turned from ebony, hardly any signs of grain and is almost jet black.
Suited for an apothecary set.
Below is a honey pot & dipper, the honey pot is from coolibah burl and the dipper is from cocobolo.
My new hub for the broadband seems to have now removed the problems I was having before when creating and looking at other blogs.
So all being well I will be posting more blogs from now on.
If interested in any of the miniatures I post here then please contact me at otherwise these items will end up on etsy, my shop name on there is smallartist.