About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 172 posts from scratch.

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Woodturning A Wild, Crazy, Wavy Bowl

Cedar Wavy BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube.

After returning from the Utah Woodturning Symposium, I felt I needed to break out, break away from my habitual projects.

So, I found this chunk of cedar and went to work on it. It wasn’t the best piece of wood but I managed to turn a wavy profile.

It turns out to be an unusual double sided bowl. If you’ve seen one like it, I’ll be surprised.

Maybe it works for you, maybe not. But it works for me.

Approximately 11″ x 2″ finished with walnut oil.

Practice Woodturning A Basic Walnut Bowl

Walnut BowlMay also be viewed on YouTube.

I contributed a woodturning experience to a church youth auction to raise money for youth summer activities.

In preparation, I’m turning a bowl similar to what I’ll have the auction winner turn – with some exceptions.

They will turn a softer wood like cedar. This one is hard walnut with some rot veins in it.

So much turning is second nature to me now, I want to review the basic process for turning a small bowl to be ready to coach a newbie again.

Woodturning Twisted Horns Of A Dilemma

Strange Turned Box

May also be viewed on YouTube.

I’ve wanted to turn this project every since seeing Michael Hosaluk demonstrate it.

It is basically a turned box but with a twist. The top and bottom are elongated. Then at the band saw, each is sliced, the segment turned about 180 degrees then re glued. In this case, the top and bottom segments were sliced and re glued twice each. This process gave them a bit of an arc.

The inside surface is distressed while the exterior is sanded into a flowing shape. Finally, the box is painted with acrylic paint and a texture applied of acrylic gel.

With no grain alignment, there is no “right” way to position the top with respect to the bottom. Thus, the box can assume many different shapes or characters.

When I first saw one of Mike’s I just had to pick it up, twist it around and try to figure out how he did it. It’s fun.


Woodturning Napkins In The Round

Walnut Napkin Holder 2015 5433 Pin

May also be viewed on YouTube.

I turned this napkin holder for my wife for Mother’s Day from walnut.

It consists of a round base and two round sides. The sides have a little wood sliced away so they can stand on the base.

The space between the sides is perfect for dinner napkins.

The walnut is beautiful.

My Woodturning Recipe For Deviled Eggs

Walnut Eggs

May also be viewed on YouTube.

Since spring has arrived, it’s time for picnics and barbecues.

How about some deviled eggs for those occasions?

I used the split turning technique for this project.

  1. Glue two pieces of walnut together with brown craft paper between.
  2. Turn an egg then split it into two halves.
  3. Turn the deviled yolk and glue it to the half egg.
  4. Proudly serve your deviled eggs at the next appropriate occasion.