March 2018 Newsletter

Jason Smith was our demonstrator in February and where in the past he has shown us various ways of decorating work using paints this time his subject was based more on very fine turned bowls that are then pierced and painted. Two examples are shown below.

He started off with a sycamore blank.
This and maple are both good for this kind of work He mounted the blank on a screw chuck and turned the back to his preferred shape with a spigot for chucking which would also become a small foot for the finished bowl.
Once satisfied with this he reversed it in to a chuck and started to hollow out the front.
Before he got too far Jason drilled a series of holes to a depth of 2mm, this being the thickness he was aiming at for the finished bowl, using a dentistís drill with mini milling cutters, usually used for making circuit boards, which can be bought on Ebay or more expensively from woodturning suppliers.

Ask Paul for details of his purchase he made as Jason was talking about them. He got them from China very cheap on a very short delivery time.
Jason wrapped a piece of tape around the drill leaving 2mm exposed as a depth gauge and proceeded to drill his holes.
Then he went back to turning the centre out until the holes began to break through and he knew he had reached his desired thickness.

As seen in the photos above Jasonís theme is a coral effect and for this he used a variety of cutters but time was running out so he only did a small area today and then went on to colouring it.

For his small drills and airbrushing equipment he used what looked to be a very expensive but quiet running compressor. His airbrushing kit, and here yours truly got a little bit lost, he recommended either SK or Presto 2. I hope this makes sense to you!!

For his paints he suggested using high flow acrylics.

You need to create templates to transfer on to your work to follow when cutting out your design much the same way as you would in pyrography. The same goes for when you want to colour only certain areas and mask off those that you donít want covered.

Thatís all I can conjure up for this one. Apologies to those who paid more attention and have noticed lumps I have left out.

Our next meeting is on Saturday 10th March and Les Thorne is our demonstrator for the day. Les has been to us before and he is also to been seen at Mytchett judging the entries for the annual competition. Pay attention everyone, his standards of finish are what he looks for in everyoneís entry.


PS. A report on the Scouts taster sessions February is in the Newsletter section.