April 13, 2018

It's ok to use sanding sealer, which is basically just thinned shellac. But do so as the first step, not the last. Or you can start with whatever sort of magic juice you want to use - I've used BLO or thinned lacquer - as long as it is compatible with the final finish....

April 13, 2018

Take a class before you commit, to make sure you really like it. Then go as large as you can.

I have perhaps twice the money in tooling that I do in a lathe, so be prepared for the total expense.

Don't get less than a 16" swing in a lathe. You can turn small things on...

April 13, 2018

Over the years I've made a fair number of ugly bowls. Initially the problems were related to poor technique, but once that was sorted I was left with the ones that were just ugly by design.  With each bowl I turned, I took the time to analyze what I liked and what I di...

April 2, 2015

Care and Conservation of Wooden Bowls and Vessels

 

This information is made available as a public service, for use by collectors of wooden bowls and vessels.  It was adapted from an Art Conservation Handout published by the Bishop Museum, Hawai’i State Museum of Natural...

November 30, 2014

 

   I've canoed tight little whitewater creeks in North Georgia and East Tennessee, drifted down broad and gentle rivers in the Carolinas, and played in enormously powerful rapids in Colorado and Arizona.   On a river, the water moves but the waves stand still. Each dr...

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