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Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Another piece from the "Donkey Steps" Hornbeam.  This time, wet-turned to produce this natural edged goblet..
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
This Yew vase may not be very practical, but it does show off the stunning beauty of this wood.

The holes are a geometrical consequence of ridges and indentations in the circumference of the log.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
It's not often that I get hold of a piece of wood like the Silver Birch from which this natural-edged "birds-mouth" vase is made.  This is a fairly large piece being about 12 inches tall and 10 inches diameter.

The wood was given to me by a friend and the origin is unknown.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Another natural-edged turning, this time from a Cherry branch which had fallen off a friend's tree.

This small vase is about 7 inches high.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
The pewter lid for this pot-pouri dish is a bought-in item.  This means that they are only available by request.

Most woods would work well for a small dish like this but this particular one is made from Apple.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
This Eucalyptus is one of the most unusual pieces of wood I have come across.

The holes are the natural splitting or "shakes" that occur in the wood as it dries.

If you would like one of these I'm afraid you will need to provide the wood!


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
These lidded boxes and bowls were all made from the same piece of Silver Birch which was "liberated" from a friend's firewood pile.

Silver Birch is one of the most varied woods and can be anything from plain white to richly coloured and figured like these examples.

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Another refugee from a firewood pile, this lidded box measures only 2 inch diameter but has very attractive figuring.

The lid was made as a "pop" fit and because the wood was very dry, it has stayed that way. (Fingers crossed!!)

Wednesday, January 20, 2021
A wooden goblet is not a very practical proposition but producing one is an essential rite of passage for anyone with aspirations to be a woodturner.

This one does do a good job of showing off the colour and figuring of this piece of Yew.


Wednesday, January 20, 2021
These rustic vases can be made from any wood that holds onto its bark.  Most of these are in Hawthorne, but Walnut, Maple, Oak and Ash also work well.

Most of the wood I get is quite wet, having recently been felled, and these are and ideal thing to make because the more they split and distort the better.