Keeping in touch, August 26, 2020

August 26, 2020

Al Jardine has been one busy fellow. I’m not sure when he gets time to do his creative work when it must take up a lot of time dealing with the Snerk invasion that seems to plaque Melfort. Thanks Al for submitting the pictures and heartfelt story about the urn you made for a friend.


Getting back in touch with Keeping In Touch.
I have been somewhat busy this summer but have had issues with keeping in touch with submitting to Keeping In Touch.
There have been more Snerk sightings and they seem to be growing during the warm weather.
I hope things will get better for the upcoming turning season.
Al

Sometimes you get to do things for someone special, even if it is too late to be fully appreciated by all. When a friend passed away recently, I was honored to make his last home, and blue was his favorite color.
One of the few Covid positives is that the service will be postponed till next year giving me time to complete the project without pressure.
I used Boreal Birch from a wood gathering trip to Bernie Bober’s in Hudson Bay.
Due to the center of the log being discolored, and to hide the pith, I inserted a nice piece of Box Elder burl into the top. Much time and CA glue was spent with an Elio thread making tool to fit the top and base. (Where would we be without Elio?)
I used Analine dies, with multiple over-layered blue pigments, then I sanded back to obtain the translucent, faded blue tones. I then finished with a spray on gloss lacquer.
I find that the Home Hardware’s Beautytone brand works best for me, with little spitting or blobbing, if directions are followed. They say to warm up the can and shake the s–t out of it for two full minuets followed by spraying in short bursts to cover fully and turning by hand on the lathe. Another advantage is the price. It is cheap!!

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