Another pot, baluster style and Alan

I’m getting a bit obsessed by shrink pots, especially now I’ve discovered turning them.  It’s possible to make vessels that would not be possible using a foot-powered bowl lathe as there is no requirement to leave a core in the work so the mandrel can drive the work round.  So this is the almost latest (made another couple since this one!)

(Sorry slightly out of focus – but he back board isn’t – doh!)

It looked a bit like this when turned except there’s a rebate at the bottom of the lid which is now inside the pot to retain the lid.  Lid and pot were turned in one, which helped retain the figure of the wood which is 2 year old beech , mellowed in the log, hence the brown colouring.  It also has a little linseed oil on in the picture to retard drying which has suddenly become quite a problem during this Spring drought (rain forecast for Wednesday though).

After turning, I sawed off the lid below its rebate and hollowed out the pot.  First with an inch and a half auger:

The new bench vice is really helpful here, it grips so hard I soften the jaws:

After drilling right through – a pleasant task where I either count the turns (about 10 per inch), day-dream, or drink in the view – I chisel out the remainder of the inside using a gouge with an inside bevel.  This is a bit nerve racking, if I get too greedy with the amount of wood I incorporate into a cut I split the whole thing.  Getting better at this now though, and no probs with this one.

The remainder is smoothed of with a long-handled crooked knife and then a rebate is set in to take the bottom:

I’m hoping to improve and speed up the rebate process, watch this space.

The bottom is made to be a loose fit as the pot, being quite green (unseasoned) will shrink onto it and make a tight, but not water-tight, fit.

Yesterday Alan called around for a little therapeutic woodwork:

he went home with a couple of items he made, as well as the spatula he was working in the picture above.

Well done Alan, good work!

A fist full of mallets

Today, Simon, George, Steve, Ian and Rich D paid a visit to make some mallets and rounders bats.  It all seemed to go very well, not a single cut (but a couple of bumps on the head by those blummin’ Flying Shavings boards (to be rearranged!).  I had two workshop areas under tarps, twin lathes, twin shaving horses etc.  Nice drop of home make veg soup and bread for lunch and on tap hot drinks, although the weather was pretty mild and kind to us, with even a little sunshine here and there.  Good to have such keen students and thanks again for the help Rich!


OK so what do week old lambs like to lie in?



Well apparently ashes from a two week old fire (really number 14 must you?), or

Fine young nettles – you know the ones that really sting.  So Spring has sprung here, all systems go.