Drying Olive Wood for Turning

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Olive wood from California orchards is prone towards developing cracks and checks very easily.  It is a beautiful wood and it is stable once it has dried. Here is what has worked for me in dealing with olive wood for turning. I recommend that you have some Green Wood Sealer on hand. Anchorseal Green Wood Sealer I brush green wood sealer over the entire piece of olive wood, which means the ends (number 1 priority and it is best to double coat them) as well as the faces and...

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Desert Woodturning Roundup Mesa, AZ 2013

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Last weekend I demonstrated at the Desert Woodturning Roundup in Mesa, Arizona. I had 6 rotations, 2 on combining metal with wood, 2 on gilding turned vessels and 2 on creating patinas on vessels. There was a great line up of Demonstrators : J. Paul Fennel who lives in Scottsdale and does some amazing pierced and carved hollow vessels. Richard Raffan from Australia who is one of the best known turners in the world with several books and videos that have won critical...

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Student Cuts Dovetails on the Bandsaw

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I had a student in mid November 2012 that traveled from North Carolina to take a  5 day private class with me.  One of the things she was interested in learning was my method of cutting dovetails using the bandsaw and getting that “hand cut” look. She had been taught by a Master Craftsman from the UK to use a dovetail saw.  She loves hand tools and is very good with them, especially hand planes.  The challenge for her was that due to some recent medical issues, she was...

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