Airbrushing Wood

Woodworking provides me with an outlet for my creativity. I enjoy finding a piece of wood, envisioning what it can become, and then transforming it into a beautiful art or craft piece. I make both art pieces and functional pieces, but I always strive for beauty. My woodturning consists all types of turning disciplines including bowls, hollow forms, platters, vases, boxes and furniture components. I use a variety of wood species in my work including local urban forested woods like eucalyptus, and other reclaimed wood. I also use wood from certified forestry projects in the Pacific Northwest, Mexico and Australia.

I have been an amateur woodworker for over 40 years and an amateur woodturner for more than 15 years. My skills are primarily self-taught with assists from various class work, from woodworking publications, and through participation in various woodworking clubs. I have studied with many noted wood artists including, Allan Batty, Stuart Batty, Christian Burchard, Jimmy Clewes, Don Derry, Michael, Hosaluk, John Jordan, Binh Pho, Richard Raffan, Merryll Saylan, and Susan Working. My dad gets the credit for instilling in me a passion for hand-made wood items.

The Airbrush Demystified

New and intermediate airbrushers will learn how to select and use an airbrush including:

  • Equipment selection and maintenance: Types of brushes; Air sources; Accessories.
  • Paint and dye selection.
  • Basic painting skills needed for successful airbrush applications on wood: Different strokes; Masking; Freehand; Shading.
  • The effects of wood selection and wood preparation on airbrush results. This includes sanding and bleaching.
  • Transferring an image to your wooden project: Pre-printed friskit; Tracing paper; Cutting or burning the image; Painting the image with the airbrush; Painting sequences; Remasking
  • Cleaning the airbrush: Disassembly; Cleaning; Reassembly


Airbrush Art – How to Successfully Transfer Images

Transfer image selection, use of friskit and other masking techniques, airbrush transfer images to wood projects.

Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Airbrushers will learn:

  • How to select appropriate images such as clip art, flat art or photos for application to their wood projects.
  • How to successfully transfer them to their project using an airbrush: Direct image application; Photo transfer using laser or inkjet printers; Freehand transfer/original art
  • The demonstration will include the completion of a small transfer project using an image of an original piece of art.

Turning a 3-Legged Stool

How to design, layout, and turn a 3-legged stool including construction tips for a well-built stool.

  • Learn the key attributes of a well-design 3-legged stool including seat height, leg flair, and stretcher height.
  • Learn what are appropriate woods to select for the seat, legs and stretchers.
  • Learn how to lay out all the leg and stretcher holes to be drilled.
  • Learn how to assemble the stool.