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Robert Sorby Sovereign Handles

Tuesday 03 November 2009

Robert Sorby Sovereign Handles

Robert Sorby is known as an innovator in quality and has, in the main, trail blazed rather than followed. That said, whilst others around them have been making interchangeable tool handles Rober

Tagged in:  Mark Baker , Robert Sorby , blades , turning handles , interchangeable

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Textured Hollow Form

Monday 02 November 2009

Textured Hollow Form

The visual and tactile contrasts of carving and surface textures have always been the focus of my work, and the hollow vessel makes a perfect palette for these techniques. Sometimes the carving

Tagged in:  carving , hollow form , Texture , John Jordan , green wood

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Carve a Christmas Nativity Scene

Friday 30 October 2009

Carve a Christmas Nativity Scene

Like many of my age and generation, the first carving I was aware of seeing as a child was a nativity scene at my Sunday school. It came out year after year and has remained in my mind ever sinc

Tagged in:  OH Boyd , Christmas , nativity , traditional , carves

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Edge Jointing on the Router Table

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Edge Jointing on the Router Table

One of the most common cabinet and furniture making operations is the joining of a number of boards to make up panels, tabletops, carcass members, etc. These days, it is a job usually done with

Tagged in:  Router , router table , Ron Fox , edge jointing

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Shaker oil finishes

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Shaker oil finishes

The Shakers were very particular about the finishes on their furniture. At first, shaker furniture was simply painted, but they soon thinned paint to make stains, which showed off the grain. Thi

Tagged in:  Finishes , Oil , Matt Long , shaker

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Perfect Hollow Form - Part 2

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Perfect Hollow Form - Part 2

Refining the inside11. To prevent possible checks, it is sometimes helpful to dampen the piece with a wet cloth or spray mist from time to time, particularly when using porous woods that tend to

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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Perfect Hollow Form - Part 1

Wednesday 28 October 2009

Perfect Hollow Form - Part 1

The first thing I do each day before I start turning is a bit of lathe maintenance. I polish up the toolrest to ensure the tools move smoothly, spray the bed and moving parts on the toolrest bas

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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How to Age a Human Face Part 2

Monday 26 October 2009

How to Age a Human Face Part 2

In the part one of this article I showed you how to show age on a carving of a human face, looking at the forehead, eyebrows and area around the eyes. In this article I will carry the technique

Tagged in:  Face , Andrew Thomas , lines , ageing

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Creating Maximum Impact

Monday 26 October 2009

Creating Maximum Impact

Many nicely designed, shapely, well-turned bowls and vessels fall short when it comes to wood selection and using the wood to its best advantage. The problem is not that the pieces are not succe

Tagged in:  project , hollow form , blanks , John Jordan , green wood , boxelder , vessel

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Your Guide to Using Hand Saws

Friday 23 October 2009

Your Guide to Using Hand Saws

Continuing our series on hand tool woodworking, John Bullar guides us through the various hand saws available to woodworkers and how to use them Photo 1 If you get your wood ready sawn to width

Tagged in:  John Bullar , hand saw

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