Keeping in touch February 23, 2022

February 23, 2022

For today’s post Rick Grosy has some pen cases for sale and Jay has some more bowls to show.


Hi everyone. I am selling off my inventory of pen boxes and associated items. This photo shows a sampling of what I have for sale. If you are interested please contact me at Rick Grosy: spinnaker.holdings@sasktel.net


From Jay Scott:

As of writing this my lathe is for sale and I’m looking forward to a small upgrade. Until the old one sells and the new one is ready, I will share some more previously made work. If you know anyone interested please share the ad Trent previously posted. Thank you!

This little 175mm x 45mm elm dish was one of my first bowls with a bit of an interesting design and one of my first sales. If I remember correctly, this was finished with shellac, polishing paste and 4:1, 1lb shellac to mineral oil friction polish.


A footed bowl with a beaded rim, made of maple, was the design decided on with the customer. She was the one who bought the previous Elm dish, a birdhouse, then commissioned this bowl. 210mm wide by 70mm tall, sanded to 400 grit, sealed with 3 coats of 1b shellac, polished with Yorkshire Grit regular and microfine, completed with Hampshire Sheen Food Safe Wax. This was made from a blank recently purchased from Windsor Plywood and turned like a dream. It was a nice change from the three previous twice turned bowls I’d recently tackled, though their struggle builds skill.


The bowl that should not have been. A twice turned blank gifted to me from Paul Schroeder, if I remember correctly. It was quite warped from drying, very hard, and I did not center it well when first truing and reestablishing a tenon. I say reestablish because a catch while truing the outside knocked it off center. When I re-mounted it between centers I planned to shift it to work on the thicker side, but I reasoned backwards, making it worse. Throughout, I was expecting my first exploded bowl. With just a millimeter of grace on the tenon, and the walls were lampshade-thin when it was done, but it was finished. The tenon was removed and it was done. At about 200mm by 90mm, sanded to 1000, I finished it with four coats of Walnut oil, one on the first day, one week later, a month after that, then three months later. 


Last, the brother to my monstrosity cowboy hat or cradle willow bowl from another recent post. The blank came from Vic and this one was much kinder to me than that live edge attempt. New steel from Mike, a sharpening jig, another eight months of experience, and proper grain direction were all helpful in this project’s outcome. It finished at 235mm by 80mm tall, was sanded to 320 and oiled just with mineral oil. That willow is soft, moves a lot, and is delicate, but the figure is fantastic and the lightness of it always surprises people. 

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