Sunday, 30 March 2008
A venerable turner
I've been at an all day demonstration today at E. Herts Woodturning club by Bert Marsh who has been turning for over 60 years. Pictured here making one of his signature vases from a piece of very green, rotting sycamore. He turns them about 2-3mm thick. What amazed me was that he managed to sand and finish the wet wood to a lustrous shine.
He also demonstrated making a very thin shallow bowl from ash, a small box with lid from teak and this bowl from pearwood . . .
He made it to show a method of holding it on the lathe so it wouldn't have a foot and luckily didn't sand it or apply any sealer so you can see the toolmarks (I hate fine dust and the smell of sanding sealer).
At lunchtime I asked him how much he wanted for it and he gave it to me! It was the least I could do to buy his book which looks very interesting.
One day I'll get a power lathe and use it to turn simple, honest, functional bowls like this.
P.S. Vanessa has bought some pure chocolate from "Willy's Wonky Chocolate Factory" and tonight we're going to try pheasant cooked in chocolate gravy . . ?!