I’m finding out the hard way, that in order to become a good finisher I need to be an even better refinisher!This has been a long road. I started out using a brush-on spar varnish and quickly realized that there had to be a better way. Now, there is nothing wrong with a brush-on finish except that a bar top is highly visible area and can show a lot of imperfections. Spray-on finishes are always going to give you the best finish. I’ve recently purchased a kremlin sprayer and love i...
Last weekend I made my first trip to a local lumber yard for the Holtzapffel bench project. After much deliberation, I had made a firm decision on White Ash as my choice of wood. I’ve not been to many lumber yards, and I’ve never gone to pick out my own rough-cut slices before, so this was quite exciting for me. In my haste, I planned poorly for the hauling of big, heavy woods and had to rent a Home Depot truck for the duration. I drive a Mazda3 which, while Zoom-Zoom and util...
We have a limited selection of hardwoods here in Alberta and the prospect of finding suitable pieces for turnings in stock with local suppliers is dismal.I have been on the prowl for a couple of years to track down and process some Manitoba Maple and last week I got pretty lucky.Quite by accident, on my way home, I noticed a felled M/maple(BOX ELDER) in a fellows’ yard.I whipped around the block and knocked on the door. The conversation went like this:Me- Are you going to use that w...
Finches and Forests of Wood ....so in a great big world inside my forest of wood, where some folks have not enough time in their hands, and other’s have too much time to be of any use for common good, the thought flashed through my head this morning concerning finches.... forest of wood,hands,good,finches.... Who feeds the finches….?—-and do you even care? I will let the images speak for themselves….since the selves-of-them speak images…. ....a...
Evolution and ‘Wood Art’ in the Process ”Show me an artist, who has not had to hack his own way through the cluttered groundwork of those who came before and I will show you one who does not know yet their beginning to ending.” ....and so I’m taking some time out, to write some more notes and thoughts here, as I sift through those cascading files within my mind, looking for ‘original idea’….for the ”Upcoming Awards Event” Category: Not...
The story, for those unfamilar with the first entry, is that I was driving through the neighborhood. Truth be told I had the feeling there was going to be something I was going to find. Highly developed “Free-dar”. I happened upon a yard with the entire length of the sidewalk lined with quartered log sections of a massive maple tree and a sign exhorting me to take all I wanted. I was frustrated because most of the sections were massive. And when I went to toss one in the bed of th...
’Argaz Well here you have it….’Argaz (box), not just any box, but the starting of an ‘argaz….and so my Hebrew comes forth in the creating of this wooden piece of coffered ‘wood art’. Where does one start, when one goes for an idea to create and what is the process of gathering a design of images, that have been running freely throughout the airspace of the universe, since before even Abraham was told to number the stars in the heavens? And so I ...
Wooden Ageless Piquancy ....who lights the fire, that burns from within, to without, of yonder tree….? ——and so it ‘just is’, that on this morning of grace-full and many intended beginnings, that the silence of my hearts breath is heard among the awakening of dawn, till from out of the past i am encouraged to withhold from wood no-longer…. —-now i know that some would say ‘the way of wood’ is lost from view, but i will continue to...
Did some turning today…processed a number of maple rounds into bowl blanks…waxed the ends on the blanks and turned a few rough bowls with a few others. This clunker has some pretty good figure – and some rot too! Not sure what I’m going to do about the rot..I think I need to fill it with something (not the void – but the punky wood). I recall that Douglas posted something on the subject. I’ll have to track that down. Some of the blanks had figure a...
—-continued notes and thoughts, 2007-11-10 Cascading Files ....having come this way—-from my field of dreams, i soon realized that the form of medium—-was all-ready in my head, wood to be—-is as much of who i am as who i sought to be, so having settled that—-i was released to find the comfort of knowing peace…. Clarifications: —-on past notes that I have had to work through, so that I can further develop these images of ‘wood art’...
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