Sunday, 31 October 2010

National Trust Woodturning Display

I've just participated in a display with our club at a National Trust Garden. Saturday was pretty good with a fair few people coming to have a look and some buying, today rain held them off a bit but it was an interesting excercise. Mostly it was the lower end price wise that was selling though a few had some more expensive pieces bought. Hopefully it is something that we will be ding more often. Intersting to see what the people were looking at and buying as they weren't the usual 'craft fair' customers. Also nice to see the vast variety of work that the other turners brought in. Ranging from the ordinary to the artistic. Also had two lathes running which atracted a fair bit of attention.

Monday, 25 October 2010

It's cold

Frost on the ground. Heater turned on in the workshop waiting for it to get comfortable enough to work in . Don't like the cold and have some orders to make up. Brrrrrrrrrr

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

More 'Danglies' as someone called them LOL

These are DIY decorations. They are highly sanded but unpolished and are intended to be decorated by the person who buys them. They can be painted, pyro'd, stained, dyed or simply polished as suits. Ideal for kids to decorate and will last a lot longer than the cheapo plastic ones you can buy. See my shop if you wnat some at

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Insprational work

Sue and I have become friends with a turner/artist/photographer on facebook called Douglas Fisher. His work is inspirational. Maybe with lot's of practice?........

See his work here

Monday, 11 October 2010

A few more bits and bobs from the arsonist in the family

I made these little (6") plaques a while ago but did nothing with them. Sue took them on and despite the fact that the wood (iroko) is apparently a pig to work with managed to turn these out

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Having a break from seasonal things

These can be bought here
A couple of pieces that have been hanging about awaiting me to finish them.

This is hawthorn, gorgeous colours....who needs exotics with wood like this growing in our hedgerows?

This has a body made of pear wood and the top section is a banksia nut. 'orrible stuff to work but it looks good when finished.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Christmas is acomin'

 These can be found here

OK so time to start getting the ornament made up for all those eager beavers who like to stockm up early. So far I have some half finished snowmen which Sue will pyrograph faces onto and dress with little knitted scarves

 These are just prototypes that I have made playing with shapes. These will be sold ready finished and polished or as bare wood blanks so that people can decorate them to suit themselves. Sue is also seeing if she can pyrograph them successfully. She can do the holly leaves etc but will they look good? We'll see.

Monday, 4 October 2010


That's it. Back to no TV again, out of choice. What is the point in paying out for something you don't use that muich anyway. Let's see if we start getting the threatening letters asgain. Really viscious some of them last time.

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Some new things and a new website

I have got my new website up and running as a shop. Just debating whether it is worth while keeping Misi, Folksy and Etsy going as well. I will probably leave them until after Christmas but not sure if |I will after that unless I refine them so that each one is aimed at a different market. I already have the Misi one mainly as a tool and equipment shop. Maybe keep the Etsy one for more expensive things and the Folksy one for the lower end, gift market. We'll see. Anyroad, here are a few more bits and bobs I have made recently.

A couple of contemporary style vases in yew and hawthorn. The yew is  8" tall, hollowed for dried flowers / grasses etc and the  9" tall hawthorn is also hollowed for dried flowers or grasses.

This is a vase I made a week or so ago. It's made of pear and is 8 1/2" tall and tapers from 3 1/2" at the bottom top 1 1/2" at the top. She has done a collar and a small piece on one side at the bottom. I have included closeups of the work.