Chris Hoehle is a professional woodturner based in Denver, Colorado. While his body of work is expansive and spans a wide variety of genres, he is known best for his series of wall hangings, Ripples, and for his mastery of classic forms and good proportions. His pieces are often embellished with the bold colors of wood dye, which he skillfully layers over chatoyant woods such as curly maple, to achieve a shimmering gradient effect, or the more muted tones of milk paint used as a silky, nostalgic nod to the rich past of American woodworking.
While Hoehle maintains an active studio practice creating work that he sells in local galleries and art festivals, he is equally passionate about teaching, and is known as a patient, insightful teacher that especially enjoys working with complete beginners and helping them get a good start in the craft. He developed a popular series of ongoing beginner classes and open shop days at the community woodshop at the Denver Tool Library, and he has taught week-long workshops at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts.
Using dye to create gradients and other effects on figured wood – I’ll demonstrate how I create a gradient effect on the rim using many layers of two or more different colors of transtint dye on figured maple, and many other creative dye techniques, effects, and possibilities will be demonstrated as well.
In this end-grain lidded box demo, a unique process is used so that the contrasting wood inlay is visible from both the top and the bottom of the lid. Hollowing end grain with the spindle gouge, and methods for achieving a nice lid fit will be discussed as well.
I often find that the handle supplied by the manufacturer on a bowl gouge is too short for my liking, so in this rotation I show you how easy it is to remove the gouge from the existing handle, and turn a custom one that better suits your needs. You can customize everything from the length, to the grip thickness, to the color of the wood and the ferrule, and I’ve found that a thicker grip than the handle they come with often relieves tendonitis, tennis elbow, and other conditions cause or exacerbated by overgripping a handle that is too thin.