I am delighted that my “Autumn Gold” platter was placed second in the UK Workshop monthly woodturning challenge for October.
The platter is in ash, 16″ in diameter. The rim is decorated with black on gold crackle paint. The centre is airbrushed in autumnal colours and then the outside of three maple leaves airbrushed with a brass spirit stain. The paints are protected by an acrylic lacquer finish.
I have recently upgraded my lathe from an Axminster AWVSL1000 to a Woodfast M410. The Woodfast does not have as long a bed as the Axminster, but has the capacity to turn a 20″ (500mm) diameter bowl over the bed and up to 39″ (1000mm) using the outboard turning facility. The Woodfast lathe is also equipped with a three phase motor operating off an inverter so it can still be plugged into a 13amp wall socket. There are 5 pulley settings each of which which offers a variable speed range. The slowest speed is around 20rpm, going up to 2700rpm, which is plenty fast enough for me.
My current Lathe
My first lathe
This is a selection of my entries for the 2012 monthly woodturning challenge on the UK Workshop forum website. I have been fortunate enough to win second and third places for some of my items, but I am still striving for a monthly win. You can find the forum link on my “Links” page and also at http://ukwturningcomp.co.uk/ where you can review the current months entries.
I have started this blog to record and to share my experiences of woodturning as my skills (hopefully!) develop and I actually start to make things that people may just want to buy.
All the pieces of work on this blog are for sale (or maybe already sold) and I can make one for you in a size and/or colour to suit what you would like.
If you go to my crafts website (http://www.pointfarmcrafts.co.uk) and send a message from the Contact Us page, I will get back to you as soon as I can. There is also more of my woodturning and items for sale across a range of crafts.
Meanwhile just enjoy the trip – I hope to share successes and failures, and I would love to get comments on the items displayed (even if you do not wish to purhase anything).