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How is it done?

The outside pieces of wood are sacrificial. In other words they are not required for the finished design but are essential in forming it.

Finished !

This unique object was turned by Peter McDowell.

'Stingray' by Nick Hopkins

Len Newman was asked to make an urn. A very special urn.

First a bit of preparation required.

Blank prepared by Eric Symes

The finished result - a unique urn.

How to Stabilise Wood

In the pictures below you can see Malcolm McDonald instructing members on how to stabilize wood using a stabilizing resin called
 'Cactus Juice' .
This is a method he uses on his pen blanks.

Before he began Malcolm explained that there are 3 steps. None can be missed or rushed.

First step, removing the moisture from the pen blanks using a toaster oven. This takes 1 - 2 hours at 110 deg Celsius.

Second step, adding the 'Cactus Juice' till it covers the wood in a special vacuum container.

Removing the air using a two stage vacuum pump. This can take 24 hours!

The last step requires drying the wood once again in the toaster oven.

The question was asked 'What are the advantages of doing this?'
Answer :the process prevents expansion and contraction, that is cracking and shrinking away from the edge.As well as this it prevents tear out when turning up to the edge of the brass tube.
The epoxy fills the pores and results in a much better finish after sanding and it does not affect the turning tools at all.
Malcolm considers this process worth while even though it may take several days.

Toy Making

Any craftsman will know that when making more than one object a template is the only way to ensure uniformity. As well as that it saves a lot of time and more than one person can make it to the exact specifications.
Below is a result of Ken McIntyre's hard work and attention to detail.
Ken recently brought in 13 frogs for the EWG sales table.Each frog has been meticulously finished and will certainly put a smile on any child's face!

Updated :6th August 2017