Keeping in Touch, May 22, 2020.

We have two submissions for today’s ‘Keeping In Touch.’
A. Rick Hounjet has been busy having fun with his dyes.
B. Richard Pratchler sent in a lovely vase which presented some technical challenges.

Rick has two items for our viewing pleasure. The first is a platter made from Box Elder with red and yellow dyes and flowers burnt with a Razortip unit. His wife Michelle calls this one ‘Sun Kissed’.

Rick was having fun with his torch and a piece of firewood. This piece of Aspen was in the woodpile but ended up getting burnt and dyed. The dyes make it look like it is still on fire.

Richard turned a spalted black poplar vase with some rotten areas that he filled with blue epoxy. The bottom was a little soft so he poured blue epoxy into the vase to stabilize it. The vase is 12 inches tall and 7.5 inches in diameter and finished with 3 coats of water based wipe on poly and one coat of finishing wax. 

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Keeping in Touch May 21, 2020

Jim Beebe finished a lovely natural edge Maple Burl bowl.

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Keeping in Touch, April 14, 2020

Paul Schroeder and Al Jardine have submissions for today.

A. Paul Schroeder:
Another “covid” project. I was going through my various wood supplies, and found a  2 inch thick piece of elm. The Windsor price tag showed it as 2011 inventory. So I decided it most be “cured” by now. The piece just fits on my 16 inch lathe. Finished in Walnut Oil.

B. Get your creative hat on and join Al Jardine on a voyage of discovery with spinning wood and spraying paint. Go wild.

Just for Fun
Some times you just need to eliminate some scrap wood and other stuffs from the shop. Maybe you could recycle and have some fun being creative.
Like making YARD ART for example by using whatever leftover spray paints that still work, and scrap wood that is in the way.

1. Drill or turn a chuck mounting mortise, or use a face plate to mount the art piece (scrap wood).
2. Paint a background base color so as to cover all sides and front.
3. Protect your lathe with cardboard or other masking material.
4. Mount the blank on the lathe, turn the lathe on slow and spray the paint into the center of the spinning blank.
5. Increase speed to distribute the colors.
6. Repeat with multiple colors.
7. Leave to dry then display your Masterpiece on a fence or other prominent spot to be enjoyed by all.
By off setting the mount, your art can take on a different visual dimension.
You could also collage other misc scraps on top of the painted piece, after dismounting from the lathe of course.
Be sure to observe all safety rules.
Have fun and stay safe

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