May meeting 2023

May 16, 2023

A big thank you to Peter Christensen and Peter Downing for documenting HCT May meeting.

The demo presented by Randy Sawchyn along with his lovely assistant Gary von Kuster showed how to colour bowls by pouring paint over the inverted bowl. 

Here are some examples of Randy’s decorated bowls to show the final result.

Here are the paints and the bowls that members brought to practice the technique.

The bowl is positioned over a tray and elevated to allow the paint to flow.

Objects need a base coat of paint applied over the surface to be decorated or the paint won’t flow across the whole surface. Randy is painting a black base, spreading it around with a stick. He said white can also be used. I expect any colour would work.

The paint is then poured into a paper cup (to be able to pinch it into a spout) carefully along the sides, layer by layer ensuring there is lots to cover the bowl. Then the paint is poured over the bowl. Effects can be influenced by wiggling the cup or pouring in little loops etc. First colour in the cup is the last colour out when poured.

On the demo bowl Randy thought there was too much green because there was more of it in the bottom of the pouring cup, so he added a second pour of black and white.

After this demo members were turned loose to practice the technique on the bowls they brought.

Show and Tell

Emerging Bowl by Paul Schroeder

Luxor Pen (courtesy of William Woodwrite) made from Jerusalem Maple by Vic Schapansky

“Emerging Bowl” by Vic Schapansky. [joke: Was supposed to be an emerging bowl, and started out a lot larger…this is what emerged…)
Mountain Ash finished with wipe-on Poly

The Magnet Collection by Mel Genge. Created for the Wood Show.
Yew, Carigana, lilac and others…

Two Segmented Bowls by Stan Olson.
Hard White Maple, Walnut and African Padauk. Finished with Wipe-on Poly

Mushroom Lamp by Kody Kammer. Red Maple base with Pine trunk and Green Ash top

Lidded Bowl by Richard Practchler. Walnut Top/Big Leaf Maple bottom finished with walnut oil and wax

Seam Ripper (courtesy William Woodwrite) by Gary von Kuster. Carigana, with Gary’s signature woodburning.

Carved Vase made from Black Locust by Mark Noete.

Creating the snowflake cube by Jim Bebe. The wood is Unknown…but a great story!

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