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Powder Inlaying

02 November, 2014

Powder inlaying is one of the minor branches of woodturning. I can rarely inlay wood with ought a natural void or wormhole. I will now show you how to inlay wood with a turquoise powder:

First I will turn the wood down, find a wormhole and pour turquoise powder into the void.

Next I use some thin CA (cyanoacrylate) or super glue and that will penetrate the powder and harden it.

The final step is to sand the excess powder off and polish the wood.

 This completes the process of inlaying.

 

Here are two bowls I did using turquoise:

How I Make A Wooden Bowl

04 September, 2014

Here are a few pics of the process of making a wooden bowl. The wood is magnolia.

 

Flame Box Elder

28 July, 2014

Box elder is a species of maple that usually has creamy white close grained wood, but after the ambrosia beetle infects the tree, and the fungi follow, a very unique thing starts to happen. The wood will eventually turn into a mix of red, orange and light yellows, producing a red sunburst pattern in the endgrain. Box elder is a very easy wood to work with and is always an eye catcher. For years, researchers and Mycologists have attempted in vain to understand the etiology behind the brilliant red pigmentation found in some Boxelder trees. A lot of great minds have tried to conjure up the secret recipe in laboratories but have failed, but only one person can allow such a thing to happen and that is God, we can always find him through nature even in wood!

Curly Wood

02 July, 2014

"By the late 1960s the Germans (leaders in scientific approaches to forestry) had published research showing that 40% of the progeny of two curly trees would be curly. (If it was a dominant gene all the progeny would be curly.) That is why when you find a curly tree in the woods you should look at all the other trees in the immediate neighborhood. They all came from the same parent stock so curly trees do occur together– and that has probably lead to the myth that where the tree grows causes it to be curly.

The heredity is a lot like the gene that causes curly hair on people. Anything from a slight wave to real kinky. Note that not all the hair on a person has the same amount of curl, likewise, wood in different parts of the same tree have different amounts of curl! Some of the extremely curly trees are curly all the way up into the limbs but most are not.

In wood curl shows up as some form of wave pattern to the fibers. The wave can vary in amplitude (height) and frequency (spacing). The higher the amplitude the more the curl will show as a stripe when stained or even just finished. Curl can also run in different directions. Peel the bark on a curly tree and the curl can be like a washboard with the waves going in and out on the radius (toward the heart of the tree) OR it can be a wave that is 90 degrees to the radius or in the plane of a tangent (much more subtle because you have to look at the fibers of the wood to see them waving back and forth) . Most curl has some of both components."

Casting Snake Skin

09 June, 2014

 I recently bought an acrylic casting kit for making pen blanks using a thin piece of snake skin or similar material. I am going to show you the steps required to cast snake skin into a pen.

Supplies

 Cutting the snake skin to the tube length.

Glueing the skin.

The two tubes are glued to the skin. This is what it looks like before casted.

It is necessary to pour the liquid acrylic in slowly into the measuring cup or air bubbles will form.

Hardener is required for the acrylic to set up faster. Without hardener It would be a gooey mess.

I mix the acrylic and hardener in slowly for 5 minutes.

I then pour the liquid acrylic into the mold and let it sit for 5 hours.

I push a rubber stopper into one of the end of the tubes then I fill it with "shot" (tiny BBs), the shot will stop the tube from floating during the casting process. I push the other stopper into the opposite end of the tube so the acrylic will not get inside the tube. After the acrylic has hardened I place the tube into the acrylic.

I add the rest of the acrylic and hardener.

The final step and the most time consuming step is removing all bubbles from the acrylic, this usually takes 15-30 minutes. It will take two days to harden completely.

 

How I make a Pen (Simplified)

31 May, 2014

Here's how to make a pen:

  1. I start with a piece of real white-tailed deer antler (or any other material). 
  2. Next ill cut the antler to the required length of the pen tube.
  3. Then I drill a hole in the antler.
  4. I mount the piece on the lathe using a mandrel.
  5. While the lathe is turning I cut it using a roughing gouge.
  6. I sand then finish it using CA glue which makes a brilliant shine.
  7. I take it off the lathe and assemble the pen by pressing all these parts into the pen barrel.
  8. The process of making a pen is complete and now you have beautiful useful writing instrument.

Bethlehem Olivewood Pens

30 May, 2014

Here's a pen I made from Bethlehem Olivewood. I ordered the wood from Bethlehem, Israel and it took a while to get the package. The wood has a wonderful smell and was easy to work with. These pens make a great gift for any occasion! 


 

Here's the box I received from Bethlehem.