It’s been a hectic week one way or another, and I’ve not had time (or the energy) to post anything.
Monday was a job-finishing and prep day for the demonstration on Tuesday evening. Tuesday was a load an go day with the demo at the end of it.
Wednesday I had to unload and out everything back in the workshop, and then I had some large lumps of Oak to rough out. Not too stressful, and I do love roughing out as it’s a simple job and quite relaxing really. But I did get board of roughing and wanted to turn a finished item out of the Oak as it was lovely coloured and interesting.
One of the rough-outs had an interesting knot…an Oak toothy-grinned smiley…
I couldn’t resist a finished bowl out of the oak, so it had to be a thin-walled bowl, that will hopefully warp to an interesting shape. As this was really play time, I thought I’d go quite thin…and ended up at a whisper under 2mm wall thickness. The bowl is about 12″ in diameter.
I said it was thin!
The heart sapwood division is more marked than the image indicates, and the colour difference is quite marked, but un-oiled it seems quite uniform. I can’t wait for it to dry so I can see it oiled.
I’ll wait to see if, and how much it warps before I decide if I want to do something else to it. Warping would be good, but if it doesn’t I have a few ideas.
Speaking of warping…I’ve turned three vessels recently that I wanted to warp…actually turned them to warp. The warp was the thing. Turned very thin. Turned from wood that just loves to warp and twist. And guess what? You’re ahead of me. Not a mm of movement. Nothing. Perfectly dry and perfectly true. Don’t you just love wood.
Today I rebuilt the old table saw after getting the lead screw back with its new block boss. The son of a friend made it for me out of a large G clamp and a turned and threaded bar which now holds the drive worm. It’s not perfect, and needed a little fettling to fit, but I now have rise and fall and can cut again. So for now it will do until I can find someone to remake the original boss.
And then tomorrow I’ll be clearing up for a student who is coming in for the weekend. He’s French, so it may prove more challenging than usual, although his English is far, far better than my French. Should be fun though!
Next week I’d like a day off. We’ll see. I have this coming up again soon…
So I’ll have to get busy. W&WW is the best event of the year. Lots to see, and loads of people to catch up with. I love it and always look forward to it. But is does mean I need to have some thing to put on the stall…so that day off may have to wait!