Sunday, March 28, 2010

Catching up on past events - Clay Foster visits Central Ohio Woodturners, April 4, 2009

I'm very, VERY behind on blog posts, primarily because I had so much travel time last year. I'm trying to catch up on photo processing. Here are some pics from a visit Clay Foster paid to the Central Ohio Woodturners nearly a year ago (Apr 4, 2009).

Wood Werks is very kind to the Central Ohio Woodturners by providing the space for our visiting demonstrators. Ron Damon introduced Clay Foster.

Clay pointed out Krum, Texas, where he used to live.

The first project he demonstrated was a two-part hollow form.

The project starts between centers and is turned end grain. A tenon is cut on both ends.

Clay's go/no go template for the chuck tenon.

We had an average size group for a visiting demonstrator. I wish more of our local members would realize how great it is to see a professional demonstrator and to recognize what a bargain it is.

Clay demonstrated his technique for sharpening a gouge. He work the top of the gouge first.

Next he touches up the wings of the flute.

A bevel relief is put on the heel.

The shape of the hollow form is turned between centers. The parting line is marked.

Clay had a good time messing with the group that was in attendance.

Parting through the future hollow form.

Each half is hollowed. He's basically making a big box that will be glued back together.

The two halves need to be absolutely true. One half has a tenon, the other has the "lid" recess.

Checking the fit.

Signing the interior space. "Only a proctologist will be able to find my signature," said Clay.

Preparing a cabinet scraper, which will be used to clean up the surface.

Jim Burrowes gets a kick out of Clay's stories.

An attentive group, glued to the project screen where all the details are shown from the camera angle.

Using the cabinet scraper to clean up the surface.

Turning the opening.

"What's that?"

Clay also demonstrated how to do a multi-axis hollow form.

The form is turned on more than one axis.

These lines are guides for where to place the spur drive and live center.

Pretty exciting turning going on here.

Booker Brooks takes meticulous notes.

Cutting detail grooves.

Ready for hollowing.

You have to know what's going on.

Finished demo projects.

One of Clay's classic hollow forms.

Some of the tools he used.

An egg shell decorative motif.

Some of the surface enhancement supplies.

Clay applied glue to the interior surface of a broken egg shell.

Then he flattened it onto a surface.

Colored grouting was applied. After this sets, the excess will be sanded off and the egg shell mosaic will appear.

Clay showed how he does his print motifs, also.

The final surface enhancment technique he demonstrated was his mud relief scorching. He "draws" a design in mud.

Next he scorches around the mud resist.

A bit of liming wax or other contrasting material can then be rubbed into the design.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Clay got a haircut. I don't know whether to be delighted or saddened.

- Paul Novelli