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Monday, December 25, 2017

Cmas pressies

Probably the best pressie.
Some time ago I wrote a piece on the Canadian wood workers web site about the mirror frame I made with the inlays and carved corners, I have shown it as a post here, the Canadian Woodworkers web site used it in there magazine and as a consequence Lee Valley the Canadian tool store sent me a gift, the marking gauge shown here is that gift, the marking gauge I would normally use is one from my apprentice days so is about 50 years old, I'm not sure I will still be using this one in 50 years.
I have been busy renovating a kitchen for a few days so bowl production has slowed, I did rescue a door sill of Matai from the kitchen reno and turned up 2 good size bowls one I gave to the home owner the other to our Chinese house guest but didn't get photos (big mistake) the small bowl with lid came from what was left of the door sill.
The large bowl here is oak and had a lot of drying splits in it so it was a case of turn and glue up turn and glue up, the edge design is another experiment, the bowl is finished with wax.
The other 2 with live edges are finished with a mat Danish oil
the middle one has thin walls and had been roughed out many years ago it was very bent from the drying out so a challenge to turn, the bowl on the left I started from half a tree that was very dry and I managed to keep all the bark on the live edge so I am pleased with that on.



  1. oh,I see, you got your gift for your article!^_^
    Did you mean that you forgot to take a photo of my bowl? (yes, now it's my bowl.)hhh, I can take a photo for you when I get home.

  2. Happy New Year! I was delighted to read about the gift that you received from Lee Valley in Canada, it is wonderful that people from around the world are appreciating the wonderful things that you make. Your wood turned bowls are lovely, and their forms are interesting and inventive.

  3. Hi Bob,
    Lovely to catch up with you when you were down this way recently. Thank you for your lovely bowl and the wee off center "ink bottle", they both occupy pride of place on my desk near the computer that I use most days and I greatly enjoy their company.
    I seem to have about 3 email addresses for you, and am sure that at least 2 are likely not to work these days, if you could email me sometime so I have your current one, then I can send you the photos that we took in the gallery moments before you headed away North again!

    Very Best Wishes to you and Yours!

    Peter and Laura