Saturday, 27 March 2010

A Special Bowl

Over the last week I have had ago at two bowls. the first one was the a bit of beech (right) which turned extremley well. only down side is when I tried to add decoration the tool dug in which was an annoyance after putting a decent finish on it. But looking at it now its not as bad i originally thought it was. the second bowl was a piece of willow (left) which I have been testing out recently with mixed results. I have found that green willow is difficult to get a good finish on but peel off the bark and leave to dry for a day or two removes some of the moisture which helps.

The special bowl that I oiled up last night was a quache made out of a piece of maple. It was pain turning the handles but was worth it for the end product. Even better was when I oiled it the wood also went a lovely orange colour as you can see.

also roughed out some spoons last night becuase its been a while since i've done one. They are both pieces of sycamore which were part of a small tree felled across the road from me. just wait for them to dry a little then i'll apply the finishing cuts.

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

First Blog, and a New Log Store

Considering this is my first blog I feel obliged to introduce myself. My name is Robert Nicholson and I am a media student and a green wood enthusiast. I have done a spoon carving foundation course with robin wood and have had numerous tutorials with Paul Atkin on bowl turning on pole lathe. I have now got myself setup quite nicely with a workshop, pole lathe, spoon carving tools and hopefully soon a gas forge (fingers crossed).

After doing green wood working for over a year and being a media student I thought it was about time that I started blogging about my works and what I generally get up to in my workshop. The reasoning for this blog is that I want to show more of what I do and (hopefully) get across to people how enjoyable green wood work actually is XD.

This past two weeks I and my dad have been working on getting my workshop a wood store to keep all my material close to hand. My workshop was in fact the summer house that we had in the garden but has now been renovated by myself. The log store consists of two Pallets for the base to keep the mud and stone off the material. Next were the four uprights and cross member to attach the roof.

Next came the assembly of the roof. We constructed the frame out of timber ready to receive the panelling.

Once the frame was complete we attached the panelling. The panelling used was actually the old dividing wall from the summer house that I tore down. That’s recycling for you.

Next was just attaching it to the uprights and screwing it into the wall of my shed.

Fully constructed and now just needs some roofing felt to finish the job.