Adding Pewter to Woodturnings

Root Burr Turning with Pewter TopThe use of pewter can add a great deal to woodturnings and is a very versatile material when one knows how to use it. It melts at between 260 and 310 degrees C or 500 to 599 degrees Fahrenheit. Interesting to note that pewter is mainly tin (about 90%), antimony (about 8%) and copper (about 2%). It is a very useful metal as its melting point is so low; it shines up very well and can be used for decoration and food consumption. Continue reading

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Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

Instead of discussing a project, I would like to talk about my wonderful experiences at the Arrowmont School of Art in Tennessee. It was my first formal woodturning course in the USA and the course leader was Jack Slentz who is best known for his interesting texturing of turned pieces. Some of his work is shown below. The course was titled “Using the Lathe to make Sculpture” Continue reading

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White ash from Craftsman Farms on Route 10

A friend of mine Davey Willans did me a big favor last week and took me round to the Craftsman Farms on Route 10 where the recent storm had blown down a number of spectacular trees. There were some large Black Locust trees and also one very large White Ash tree.

Craftsman Farm Sign     Stickley Home at Craftsman Farm

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Finishing up a Black Walnut platter

A friend of mine Chuck Blewett was kind enough to bring me a few rather impressive Black Walnut logs, which I roughed out in my first project and paper bagged then on 10 October 1999. These got put away in a cool dry part of the basement.

In early April 2000 I took them all out of the cool part of the basement and opened then up in the warm workshop. This is always an interesting stage of any project as you do not know what the drying and warping process has done to your roughed out pieces. Fortunately for me only the one large bowl on the right of the picture had cracks in the end grain. All the others had warped, but no cracks. Continue reading

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A day roughing out Black Walnut logs

A friend of mine Chuck Blewett was kind enough to bring me a few rather impressive Black Walnut logs, which I cut into sections and then marked up to get the best cuts. Continue reading

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