Last week gave me a chance to get in the workshop and enjoy the reduced drafts and improved natural light, and I should mention the newly installed wood stove. I had a booking for a five day woodturning course with Walter who had little experience and wanted to rectify that.
We started the week with spindle turning, in the morning getting to grips with rough turning square sections in to cylinders and then moving on to cutting beads and coves on the cylinders. In the afternoon we moved on to making the legs and a seat for a milking stool, this gets students working on the discipline of reproducing spindles with the same pattern.
Tuesday we moved on to bowl turning which Walter mastered well, finishing his bowl buy the end of the day.
Wednesday we covered box making I demonstrate this process from beginning to end and then let the student loose with a chosen piece of exotic wood.
Thursday we worked on hollow forms this always demands a higher level of skill but after three days of practice Walter rosé to the challenge.
Friday Walter chose to add the advanced skill of hand cut barley twists to his skill set and ended the day with yet another nicely finished piece