I’m a utility turner, and I enjoy making items that people will use to help them prepare and serve food. The majority of my wood comes from urban trees, although I can’t resist buying a nice piece of Madrone Burl or Big Leaf Maple Burl for my peppermills. I’ve been turning since 2005, having taken classes at Red Rocks Community College and then later with professional turners such as Mike Mahoney, Glenn Lucas, Jimmy Clewes, Kirk DeHeer, Paul Chilton, and others.
I retired 5 years ago and now turn full time. I started my own company after I retired (Colorado Kitchen Heirlooms) and sell my items online and at craft shows. I served as President of the Front Range Woodturners in Denver for the past 3 years.
Many times during the drying process a crack can develop in the rim or side of a bowl. There are many ways to deal with the crack such as fill with glue and sawdust, colored epoxy, inlace, turquoise, etc. Using a wood inlay is another option.
You may already be familiar with or have used butterfly patches in flat woodworking. In this demo I will show how I use a router and butterfly patch to repair or strengthen a crack or imperfection in a bowl.
I will also show a 2nd way to enhance or strengthen a split by the use of “stitches” or splines using a biscuit cutter. Both methods are easy once you know how.
Have you always wanted to make a peppermill but were intimidated by all the steps? What if I told you there were only 4 steps to making a mill?
All peppermills are basically the same no matter what mechanism you use – it’s a piece of wood with a hole drilled through the middle. If that’s true what makes one peppermill worth $50 while another is worth $150 or $250?
In this demo we’ll discuss what makes one worth more money, and I’ll show you the steps and techniques that I use to make peppermills. We won’t make just any old peppermill, we’ll make a mill of the highest quality with a top that is guaranteed never to squeak!
This is a fast paced demo because of all the tips I have to share.
Do you eat off wooden plates that you’ve made? Why not? You use salad bowls that you’ve made, so why not plates? We all remember that picnic where we tried to eat off flimsy paper plates that folded under the weight of a juicy cheeseburger!
We’ve been using wooden plates in my household for 10 years. In this demo we’ll discuss the best woods to use, where to harvest the blanks from a tree, sizes, shapes and design of plates, and finishing. As a craftsperson, what better way to show off and impress your guests than to serve them a meal off of a plate that you made.