Archive | bowls and bowlturning

oiling bowls

Well the porringers I was making 6 weeks ago when I started this blog are now dry and ready for oiling. I am often asked what are the best oils to treat wood for food use and have experimented with many over the years. Dry wood is like blotting paper and would absorb any liquid […]

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a replica mazer

I thought it would be nice to post this replica of a medieval mazer here. I actually finished it a little while ago but it has been away at an exhibition and just came back, I think it is one of the best pieces I have made. I first became aware of mazers many years […]

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forging turning tools

Today I did some more work on the tools I rough forged on the bladesmithing course. I ground them and polished them then put them in my little “furnace” which is a rather grand name for a pile of firebricks and a blowtorch. Each one was heated then the small hook formed on the end, […]

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using woodware

I like to make things for use, personally I get a lot of pleasure out of beautiful but functional objects that I use in my daily life and that is what I aim for in my work. So it was a pleasure to receive this message today from the customers I mentioned on Friday 18th. […]

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commemorative benches and beech bowl blanks

Today I had a meeting at the Peak National Park talking about potential commemorative projects having recently built a bridge for them. The idea is that some people would like to have something beautiful and functional as a memorial…a sculptural bridge, gate or seat perhaps. Much of what is available is suburban in character and […]

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making porringers

Today I was making porringers that is small bowls with handles out of a 250 year old beech tree. Its very satisfying when I have a day where I go all the way from tree to finished bowls in one go. These bowls are copies of an Elizabethan one found in Sothwark not far from […]

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