A bit of a tidy-up

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Over the last couple of weeks I’ve had three postponements of tuition sessions, mainly down to the weather, so I’ve taken the opportunity to have a good clear out of my timber stock. I inevitably get loads of small and awkward shaped pieces that don’t suit my preference for making big, characterful bowls, so I’ve been working on a few ideas for “Woodturning” magazine, through which I can use up such timber .

First comes a piece of weathered oak with a few splits in it. After scorching and scouring, it’s had verdigris wax and copper gild cream applied to it.

Next comes a lovely little bit of characterful oak burr, small, but despite that it certainly packs the character in.

A little sycamore burr with a natural, bark edge, not much bigger than a grapefruit!

A little oak bowl with a few beads just below the rim and inside, a few cracks filled with copper and resin.

This is an unusual piece of timber, generally known as false acacia, in reality it is robinia, which most people know only as a garden shrub, but which can grow into a good sized tree.

An awkward little piece of walnut, cut close to the bark and comprising mainly sapwood but with a splash of wonderfully coloured heartwood.

A group of four little bowls each made with its own pedestal, just to lift each bowl and give an otherwise insignificant piece of timber, a bit more presence.

…and here they are individually…

A tiny piece of white ash with black accent lines, supported on a pedestal of ebonised ash with white accent lines.

Sycamore (with a dead knot) on a scorched oak pedestal.

Beech on a teak pedestal (teak reclaimed from door-frames).

Oak on a walnut pedestal.

A dry-vase, for dried or artificial flowers, made from brown oak with a bog-oak rolled rim.

Finally, my favourite piece…a dry vase made from laburnum with the most stunning grain.

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Sara · February 21, 2022 at 8:19 am

These are absolutely fabulous Les. I particularly love the Laburnum vase – the grain is beautiful. Hope you’re year is going well so far. Best Sara x

    Les · February 23, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Thank you Sara…things are very busy, mainly on tuition, so a good start to the year.

Wesley Hutton · May 13, 2022 at 9:02 pm

Hi Les,

I am a local who has recently got into wood turning, I was wondering if you ever sell your bits of un turned scraps off that you have when you say your having a tidy up?

    Les · May 15, 2022 at 10:53 am

    Hello Wesley….I’d be happy to sport out some pieces for you…do you want to call in to see me some time soon? If so, what day/evening suits you?

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