Barrie Cummins - Jubilee Celebration Cake archive

Monday 1 October 2012

Barrie Cummins turned this fantastic Jubilee-inspired piece for a club competition. It is made using three timber species and is designed to look like a celebration cake

Jubilee Celebration Cake made using pieces of purpleheart, maple and holly (PHOTOGRAPH BY GMC/ANTHONY BAILEY)

Jubilee Celebration Cake made using pieces of purpleheart, maple and holly (PHOTOGRAPH BY GMC/ANTHONY BAILEY)

A brief from our local club of which I am a member, programmed a competition for our May meeting which stated we should make an item from three species of wood. So, I pondered the challenge awhile and the idea of a celebration cake incorporating the Union Jack Flag would be interesting, the flag being in evidence throughout the country for the forthcoming Jubilee celebrations.

The woods used were purpleheart (Peltogyne porphyrocardia), maple (Acer campestre) and holly (Ilex spp.).

The blue part of the flag was spirit stained and the crown was spray painted in gold, the cushion being left natural. Also, the main body of the cake, plus the red and white were also left natural.

The first turning was the maple from which I produced a sculpted base with a 10mm (3/8in) recess to receive the flag, which mimics an iced surface. For the composition of the flag I cut 15mm (9/16in) thick slices on the bandsaw, the requirement of the

width being variable. I then cut to the requirement of each segment

of the flag, these being trimmed on the angle sander and glued to the paper patterned flag, which has a plywood base.

When this part was complete it was glued to a suitable block to be turned. When gluing the segments to the flag pattern I found it best to do a little at a time; this gives more stability to the segments if dry when fitting. After the flag was turned, which was 3mm (1/8in) over the size of the recess, then this was offered to the main body of the piece and glued.

The cushion and crown were mounted on glue blocks and turned to a proportionate size, then sculpted by filing and sanding. The small crown tips were a delicate task to turn, being so small. Make sure to not sever on the lathe, but to cut them carefully with a craft knife on the bench so as not to lose them in the sawdust. The piece was then French polished, with the exception of the crown.

Woodworkers Institute

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