Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A bit late in posting, but here is the manzanita burl you last saw in work on my lathe.
It's 16" x 14" x 5" and available at the Paul Baliker Gallery in the Hammock.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

1st Place Winner

I am very pleased to report that "Manzanita Fountain" was judged the 1st Place winner in 3D Art at the Flagler County Art League yesterday in their 2012 Spring Show in the Main Gallery.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Live Oak Bark Edge Bowls

I was looking at a house for sale and noticed a fellow across the street using a power pruner to cut up a live oak trunk about 8" in diameter.  "Ah Ha!" I thought, knowing I was running short of fresh turning stock.  It turned out he was not cutting it up for firewood and was something of a woodturner himself, but was spending most of his time on other projects.  A few minutes later it was in the back of my pickup and on its way home.

Here's the result so far... about a dozen bark edge bowls drying and nearly ready to sand and finish.

Monday, March 19, 2012

More Manzanita Root Burls Finished

Finished three more manzanita root burl turnings.  Two are suspended bowls, and one is somewhat more conventional.  The natural beauty of this wood is absolutely terrific!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Time to Cleanup!

When I get a load of fresh turning stock it's best to take care of it right away to avoid checks and cracks.  When that time happens it produces a lot more than a few rough turned bowls.
Mulch for the Garden Paths

Friday, February 3, 2012

Box Elder Bowl

Box elder, a type of maple with little or no commercial value, often has some spectacular red coloring that most associate with the tree's response to injury from the box elder beetle.  What you need to know if you collect work made from box elder is that the spectacular red color is photo reactive and will fade in ultraviolet light.

You can read more in the documents on my website.  RickUrbanWoodturner.com

This is a recently finished textured bowl about 8" in diameter with a bit of turquoise filling a natural void.  It is available for sale.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Manzanita Burl Mini Winged Bowl

Remember those manzanita root burls?  Here's the first mini installment.

Mini winged bowl 6" x 5" x 1"

I told you they would yield something pretty good.  I hope you agree. 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Sweetgum from the Woodturning Archives

From the 2010 archives this vessel was turned from spalted sweetgum from north Georgia.  It's approximately 11" in diameter and  is turned cross grain (with the log chunk spinning end over end).  Natural cracks were filled with black tinted epoxy and the rim was textured before finishing with lacquer.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Springtime Sunrise

It's a bit rainy today, so an earlier springtime sunrise seemed like a good idea.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Manzanita Root Burls

Here's what's coming from  Rick Urban in Flagler Beach...

When the fires were ravaging southern California these were some of the victims: manzanita root burls.  I don't like to think about what they cost (including shipping) or the trouble involved in turning them, but they will yield something absolutely spectacular!  Stay tuned.

Salt Boxes

Fresh off the lathe in Flagler Beach.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A View from Titan

Just finished 
"A View from Titan" 
17" x 4" cherry bowl with texturing and turquoise inlay.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wedding Gifts

Finished a couple of spring wedding gifts.  Oil finished and ready for generations of service.  Hope they like them!

Cherry from north Georgia.
14 3/4" x 3"

Cherry from north Georgia.
 13 1/4" x 3"

From the Scrapbook - Appreciation

If you want to feel appreciated...

...demonstrate woodturning for some 6th and 7th graders.  Look at their faces!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Small Boxes 101 (final part 3)

Time to finish those small boxes we left on the shelf.

Mount the bottom on the fixture sized for the opening.  If it's too loose just shim it with a piece (or two) of paper towel.

When it's almost finished, remove the tail stock for complete access to the bottom for finishing.  An unfinished bottom is a show stopper for anyone looking for quality in turned work.



Success is getting up one more time than you fall down.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Small Boxes 101 (part 2)

We left off with semifinished tops for our boxes.  

Now we need to do the bottoms like we did the tops except the hole is 1/8" smaller than in the tops. 

We mount the bottom in the chuck using the tenon we left for it.  After trimming the top of the bottom to size it for a snug fit inside the top, we put the top in place and turn them as one so the form flows from top to bottom.

 We add whatever decorations we want to the surface and finish.  Sanding sealer followed by shellac based friction polish is a quick and easy finish for small projects like this.
 The snug fit allows me access to the top for decoration and finishing.
A little bee's wax where top and bottom slide together,

... and we have a bunch of boxes needing their bottoms finished.  We'll do that next time.