A while back we blogged about A new woodworking community call Show your Wood.  The site now has a woodworkers forum where you can have your say about anything wood related.  There’s even an area for trading wood and selling your tools.  If you’re into woodworking of any sort, it’s worth checking out.

FEATURED ARTIST

Jay Mapson of Richmond, British Columbia

Pierced Turning

Pierced Turning

 

Jay Mapson is an avid woodturner who became interested in the craft only 5 years ago

 
Since Joining the Greater Vancouver Woodturners Guild, Jay’s woodturning has evolved and grown in multiple ways. He has formed friendships with fellow members and frequently meets with them outside of club functions. Recently, he has begun to assist with the club’s woodturning classes – only 3 years after being a student himself.
                           

Lidded Turned Box

Lidded Turned Box

 

Jay frequently travels internationally, bringing back inspiration in the form of new friends and thousands of pictures. He has incorporated designs and ideas into his turnings from such diverse places as New Zealand, Malaysia and Brunei Darussalam.    

 

  

Natural Edge Bowl

Natural Edge Bowl

 

Jay has recently begun participating in local craft fairs and received rave reviews and invitations to other craft fairs as well as references for some gallery exposure coming in 2009.

 

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Here’s a great gift idea for your Christmas turning.  This is everything you’ll need to turn a one of a kind ice cream scoop. Make it as fancy or as simple as you like 🙂

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit
Make your own deluxe dessert disher. Get creative with a custom-turned wooden handle, then attach this solid-brass scoop and ferrule for the perfect finishing touch. Instructions for turning a handle and assembling the ice cream scoop are included.
         

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit

Brass Ice Cream Scoop Hardware Kit

In addition to this kit you will need the following:

Wood: Approximately 1-1/2″ x 1-1/2″ x 6″ of a strong hardwood such as maple, cherry, walnut, oak, or yellow birch. Of the imported hardwoods bubinga, purpleheart, gongola alves and cocobolo make wonderful handles.

Ice Cream Scoop Wood Turning

Ice Cream Scoop Wood Turning

If you’d like to turn your handle out of highly figured big leaf maple, you can purchase the blanks directly from Christina at Vedder Mountain Hardwoods for $3.00 each by leaving a comment on this post.

Turning tools: Spindle roughing gouge, spindle/detail gouge, parting tool and optional skew chisel. A pair of outside calipers with rounded edges on the measuring points is helpful in fitting the ferrule.

Drill bit: 3/8″ brad point or regular twist bit.

Chucks: Depending on how you will hold and drill the piece (see below),you may need a scroll-type chuck for your headstock and a Jacobs-style chuck for your tailstock.

Glue and finish: The tang can be glued into the handle with epoxy or a thick type of CA (“super glue”). The finish could be with a drying type of oil such as pure tung oil or boiled linseed oil. An oil and varnish blend such as Rockler’s Nordic Oil also looks great. For a film type of finish (for extra protection against moisture and a higher sheen finish) try a wiping type polyurethane or a gel varnish.

 

CUSTOMER REVIEWS

1) Submitted by Phil, from Newman Lake, WA on 11/24/2008

Customer Rating: 
Initial order was for a dozen…handles turned from various exotic woods (Christmas gifts) will soon order more…good product.

2) Submitted by Steve, from Fort Wayne, IN on 11/20/2008

Customer Rating: 
First class all the way! These are solid and blemish-free, and the instructions were concise and easy to follow. I’ve already ordered more.

3) Submitted by Chuck Daggs, from Mesa, AZ on 11/11/2008

Customer Rating: 
Solid, defect free brass casting, with highly polished scoop and ring. Instructions useful and complete. Expect a lot of happy recipients this Christmas.

4) Submitted by Bill Nash, from Kingsport, TN on 11/10/2008

Customer Rating: 
I turned handles for the Brass Ice Cream Scoops. They turned out great and will make excellent Christmas gifts.

5) Submitted by N, from Springfield, VA on 9/21/2008

Customer Rating: 
Top quality and great instructions.

This is a gift that is destined to become an heirloom and will be loved by everyone! Enjoy 🙂

This is a very good instructional video on turning a natural edge or natural top olive wood bowl from green wood. It really simplifies natural edge turning and makes me want to get out to the shop and make some sawdust. 

 I hope you enjoy it 🙂

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Biography – Kerry Deane-Cloutier and Dennis Cloutier

Running Dog Woodworking is Kerry Deane-Cloutier and Dennis Cloutier.  We have been woodturning together for six years.

RED MALLEE BURL BOWL

RED MALLEE BURL BOWL

Kerry Deane-Cloutier’s initial craft was quilting and fiber arts.  Her first venture into woodworking was in carving.  She studied under Chris Pye, a renowned wood carver from England.  From there she moved into wood turning and found her voice.

CHERRY VASE

CHERRY VASE

Dennis Cloutier has been woodworking since an early age.  He gradually progressed from simple cabinetry work to making fine furniture.  He now shares a joint passion for woodturning with Kerry.

BOTTLE STOPPERS - VARIOUS EXOTIC WOODS

BOTTLE STOPPERS - VARIOUS EXOTIC WOODS

We share a passion for wood and for simplicity of design.  We believe in the importance of form and line as vehicles to display the natural beauty of wood.  Finally, we believe that art should be part of everyday life, and that utilitarian objects should also be beautiful.

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Have you ever decided to turn that beautiful piece of wood you’ve been saving for a special project only to discover it has checked and cracked.  Maybe you forgot to end seal it before putting it away to dry?  I’m sure every wood turner has experienced this at some point during their turning careers. 

This is the unfortunate way many new turners learn about the importance of sealing green wood to prevent end grain checking. There are several different methods of doing this.  

One of our favorite methods for end sealing wood turning blanks is to use hot paraffin wax. It is easy to remove when you need to use the wood and it’s inexpensive compared to some other methods. For smaller quantities of wood you can use food safe paraffin wax. It’s available at most grocery stores in the canning section for just a few dollars. You can use a coleman or camping stove if you have one available and a pot wide enough to fit the end grain portion of your wood. Melt the wax completely before you dip your wood in it. If the wax is not hot enough it won’t penetrate the wood and will just peel off.  It’s also a good idea to melt the wax outdoors, as it has quite a strong odour and can smoke a little.  NEVER cover the pot while you’re melting the wax as this can and will cause the fumes to collect in the pot and combust, causing a fire!  

For larger pieces of wood that won’t fit in your parrafin wax pot, try using a wax emulsion sealer, such as Anchorseal from UC Coatings.  Some wood supply stores carry their own brand of sealer which is usually similar to Anchoseal.  It’s easy to apply with either a paint brush or a small paint roller and washes up with soap and water.  We like to use two coats of anchorseal before we kiln dry our wood as it offers a little bit of extra protection… just remember that if you’re going to use two coats, you need to let the first coat dry completely before applying the second coat.

If you can’t find a wood supply store that carries wood sealer, UC Coating will delivery it to your door.  They have operations in Canada and the USA.  You can check them out online at www.uccoatings.com.

Make sure to seal your wood as soon as possible after cutting. If you see any visible checks…cut them off before you apply the sealer. This may seem like a lot of extra work, but believe me it will save you a lot of grief (and a lot of wood) in the end. 

Yet another way to seal your wood is to paint the ends with regular household paint. This method is not food safe, but is known to work well for end sealing logs.  It’s both cost effective and convenient, as most people already have a can of paint in their garage.

If you know of any other wood sealing methods that are not posted here, please leave a comment so we can share them with our other readers.