Keeping in touch, March 5, 2024

March 5, 2024

Jay has been busy and sent in these pictures and story.
Thanks Jay.


It’s felt like a long winter to me. Not cold or snowy, but long in not being able to stay in touch with people. During pandemic times a few of us met on Zoom one morning a week for an hour or so, and I miss the way it kept us in touch. If anyone is interested in joining a very informal regular video chat send me a message (jayscottphotography@gmail.com) and we’ll find a time to give it a try. On to the turnings.

Here is what has been going on in my shop since October. 

Live Edge Mountain Ash Bowl
I was gifted a nice haul of Mountain Ash from a family connection through my brother-in-law, so I turned the first bowl as a live edge for the guy who gave me the timber.

Mountain Ash, 220mm x 90mm,
Sanded to 400 grit, sealed and finished with shellac.

Three Week Paper Towel Holder. 

What was to be a few day project of Wenge and Hickory being made into the simplest of projects turned into three weeks. Three weeks of struggling against everything except my ability, turned into a Wenge, Hickory, Walnut, brass, steel and magnesium towel holder, made to fit within one millimeter of clearance below our custom height cupboards.

Wenge base and knob with a Hickory post that was ebonized to match, it sits 160mm x 350mm. The ferrule and insert are brass, the magnesium plated bolt is inside a walnut plug, laminated inside the knob. Everything was abraded to 800 grit, sealed with shellac, polished with Yorkshire Grit regular and microfine, then completed with a mix of carnauba and beeswax. 

Gift Boxes

I’ve made a few gifts for loved ones, the first two as Christmas gifts, the mushroom for Fiona. She liked the pop fit boxes, so that’s what I went for, and failed. The intended lid didn’t have that pop, so it received a design change and a different shaped lid for storing her amassing earring collection. That, and it was a chance to try my new paint before using it on the big project, which is coming along very nicely, as of this writing.

The results are different than my usual. Just a sanding to 600 grit then shellac on the two cherry boxes, without polishing. I wanted them to be used. Fiona’s was just painted. All are about five inches tall and two in diameter, the mushroom cap approaching three inches.

Upson’s Birch Burl Bowl

I wasn’t certain of the fate of the bowl I rough turned at our Foodbank fundraiser in November. With just enough time, I completed it, with a touch of colour, to give it to good friends for Christmas.

A Birch burl, coming in at 130mmx45mm, or 5″ x 1 7/8″, dyed with Keda pigments, sealed with shellac, polished with both Yorkshire Grits, then topped with carnauba and beeswax.

Thank you for looking and email if you might be interested in a video shop talk morning.

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