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Pierced and decorated ‘discus’

with Mick Hanbury

Mick returned with a new and interesting project, which combines two identical thin turned bowls which are bonded together to make a discus shape for decoration. Mick turns to about 3-3.5mm thick making a shallow dish with a smooth curve and then repeats for a 2nd identical bowl. He sanded with a mixture of oil and beeswax that allows the fine particles to drop rather than disperse into the air. He then denips wit paper to remove the wax before colouring. For the decoration of the inside of one bowl he started with black gesso as the base then used Jo Sonja’s colours randomly painted on, for this demo he used purple and then yellow to give a gold shimmer. The colours were mixed with a flow medium. Between the gesso and after the main colour he dried it off with a hair dryer and then used car lacquer for a gloss finish. For more complex designs he uses a retarder to slow down the drying time.

Mick put the 2 bowls together making sure the coloured bowl was marked (this will be on the back of the piece) and marked the grain match across both bowls. He used superglue to join them together and turned off the chucking point on the non coloured side. The top bowl was then marked out with the design he uses for piercing. He uses a dental burr to pierce (similar to Joey Richardson). This piece was finished by cutting out a semi circle on the edge, which was sanded down on a Simon Hope sanding drum.

Once again an interesting evening from Mick showing us a range of techniques for both the beginner and the advanced turner.

Piercing and decorating

with Joey Richardson

Joey returned to talk about how she achieves her thin bowls with piercing and decoration. She spoke about the design process and the influence of Binh Pho on her work. Joey uses main sycamore because it is white and close grained, which she freezes before turning to keep it white, and means it is still wet when turned. The bowls she turns have to be around 2mm thick at most but need weight in the bottom so she turns, then microwaves them to get the moisture out of the bottom, filling them with kithen roll and then microwaving for 20 seconds on high twice.

Joey demonstrated turning a bowl and using a light inside to see how even the wall thickness is. She then showed us how she transfers images onto the wood with a laser printed/photocopied picture taped on and a Xylene pen then pierces with dental burrs, cutting clockwise with the tool perpendicular. She pyrographs on an image which helps stop the colours leaking and also to create texture. She also showed us how she air brushes on her designs and cuts out shapes with a mini-jigsaw.

Information on the tools she uses plus some hints and tips can be seen on her website