The outside pieces of
wood are sacrificial. In other words they are not required for
the finished design but are essential in forming it.
This unique object was turned by Peter
'Stingray' by Nick Hopkins
was asked to make an urn. A very special urn.
First a bit of
Blank prepared by Eric Symes
The finished result - a unique urn.
How to Stabilise
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.
removing the moisture from the pen blanks using a
toaster oven. This takes 1 - 2 hours at 110 deg Celsius.
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
The last step
requires drying the wood once again in the toaster oven.
The question was
asked 'What are the advantages of doing this?'
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.
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!