About Alan

Alan has been a member since January 5th 2012, and has created 140 posts from scratch.

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Remount, Finish Woodturning Apricot Green Turned Bowl

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Apricot Wood BowlI rough turned this apricot bowl a little over two years ago. I recorded its weight while it was drying. It lost about 40% of its original weight.

In this video, I remounted the bowl to trim the base and tenon before turning the bowl to its final shape and wall thickness.

I used my home made Cole jaws to turn the base.

This bowl is about six inches diameter and about 2 inches in height finished with mineral oil, beeswax, and carnauba wax.


2014 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge

Announcing the 2014 Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge sponsored by As Wood Turns, Alan Stratton, and Woodshop TV, Carl Jacobson. This is the third annual challenge. We’d had great responses to previous years. This year we’re adding prizes to the top rated presenters.

There are some rules:

3rd Annual Christmas Ornament Woodturning Challenge Rules and Guidelines.

  1. Ornament must be in good taste and somehow reflect the spirit of Christmas and/or the Christmas season.
  2. Videos must be submitted on or before 11/30/2014.
  3. Winners may select their choice of prizes available.
    1. 1st place winner may select any available prize.
    2. Other winners will submit a list of desired prizes in order of preference.
    3. Remaining prizes will be awarded in place and preference order.
    4. Only 1 prize per person
    5. Winners will have two days after notification to submit their preferences.
  4. Videos will be uploaded to YouTube.
    1. Notify Alan Stratton at www.AsWoodTurns.com to include in the challenge and the official playlist.
    2. This notification constitutes acceptance of all rules and conditions of this challenge.
  5. Judges are Alan Stratton and Carl Jacobson. Their decisions are final. There are no appeals.
  6. Void where prohibited
  7. Have fun
  8. Prizes
    1. Hollowing Tool – HK-58A Courtesy of Crabtree Tools
    2. Roughing Gouge ¾” — Courtesy of Carter and Son Toolworks
    3. Carl’s Nova Chuck – Courtesy of Carl Jacobson
    4. Chefware Kits has provided several gifts to be awarded individually
      1. $50 Gift Certificate
      2. Pizza cutter
      3. Back scratcher & Fly swatter
      4. Peppermill kit
      5. Pen Blanks
      6. Scratch Awl kit
      7. Fork and Spatula set
    5. Others if possible


  1. Keep your video short — Excessively long videos will not impress the judges.
  2. Have fun but be safe.

Whoops! My Wood Egg Cracked Or Hatched?

Wood Egg

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In this video, I started out to make an egg shaped mold or pattern for cast glass. Several things went wrong but were not critical until I got a nasty catch when finishing the top of the egg. At that point, the egg’s base cracked off its remaining tenon leaving a big hole in the bottom.

What was I to do?

Following the example of great woodturners before me, I adapted the design. It not became the remnants of a hatched egg. I don’t know where the baby bird it!

This egg is about 5 inches long and 3 inches in diameter. It is dyed black and finished with friction polish.


Woodturning A Segmented Harvest Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Locust
It’s harvest time – pumpkins are showing up all around in preparation for Halloween and Thanksgiving. This pumpkin is a segmented turning from Honey Locust. The wood is mostly an orange color with lighter sap wood. The sap wood has worm holes and dark stains from insects. The stem is turned and carved from walnut.

The segment rings are glued up from 12 segments each. There are 12 rings for a total of 146 pieces of wood.

This pumpkin is finished with Clark’s Cutting Board Finish, a two part finish consisting of mineral oil, citrus oils, beeswax and carnauba wax.


Woodturning For Pure Art

Turned Wood Art

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This piece is not functional. It is only for viewing as art. But art is useful in its own way. It challenges the mind and pleases the eye.

This art is made from walnut using segmented woodturning. It is formed 76 segments with 8 more segments used as temporary support. It is finished with sanding sealer and wax.

This piece is a challenge to create. Since it is fragile, I will not be letting my grandchildren play with it. They’ll have to play with other turnings. :)