Magnus's two day woodturning course.

30 November 2017, Woodturning in practice, Would you like to leave a comment?

This is my first experience of wood turning tuition and something, which we both thoroughly enjoyed. Magnus has just spent two days in my workshop making a variety of designs. His hard work certainly came to fruition on the second day, when he completed a stunning burr elm bowl…

On the first day, I covered tool sharpening and the principles of using the gouge. After making a spalted beech tea light holder, he went on to turn a small beech bowl. This proved to be the perfect exercise, as I had an exciting idea for the second day!

I’d already put aside a lump of burr elm, which I thought looked rather special. However, the idea of making a piece with natural edges did seem a little advanced. Magnus was able to turn it perfectly, even though the grain was a little hard in places...

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The finished piece, alongside his small yew vase…

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He finished off by rough turning a piece of natural edge burr alder, which was given to him by a friend…

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Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  • Hi Chris,
    It's great you've got some yew coming in - as you can probably…
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