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  • Turning Green Wood (Part 1) Turning Green Wood – an introduction So, you’ve been turning seasoned blanks sourced from various suppliers, but you fancy something a bit more challenging. How about turning green wood, that is wood that has recently been felled and hasn’t been air or kiln dried? This opens up the opportunity to turn local wood species, unusual pieces ...
  • New Work in Progress… Introduction – New Work… The aim of this rolling post will be to show pieces in preparation/production before they become available in the shop. I have a number of pieces in progress at any one time for varying reasons. That final bit of inspiration is eluding me to get the finish or effect I envisaged at ...
  • Casting Alumilite – What you really need to know… Introduction to Resin Casting Having read many articles about casting resins like Alumilite and watched numerous YouTube videos I was still surprised by my first casting. The first item I thought I would encase was a pine cone! It had no moisture content and appeared fully expanded or open, however as the heat generated by the ...
  • The Science Behind the Art… Introduction – the basic science of cutting wood! In this article, I’ll cover some of the science fundamentals of turning wood because this affects the why and how of the interaction with the timber we turn, whether cutting, sanding or applying stains and finishes. Timber – the biology Any piece of wood is made up of fibres, which ...
  • Moulding the mould… Introduction – Making your first mould… For casting resin you need a mould! Sounds obvious? But for some of the things wood-turners make in particular, off the shelf moulds don’t exist or you need a bespoke mould or even a mould you can use over and over. Examples would be casting resin pen blanks or cabochons for ...
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