Seven entries by six turners. The first up in the advanced category is Paddy Finn. This poker (for want of an accurate description) is a tail of two woods, Zebrano for the handle and Walnut for the shaft. I really like the finish on this piece, both the shine and the curves.
Frank Maguire has turned three eggs in eggcups. The Flexcutknife used for scale, almost suggests that they were carved. Now, that would be an achievement. All the eggs are different, as are the cups. Again, there is experimenting of shapes and in my opinion, the eggs look edible.
Brendan Phelan has turned a really interesting tiered Fruit Bowl. The wood is Monkey Puzzle and I think it looks great. Each time I look at this piece, I am fascinated by the pattern on the lower section.
Jonathan Wigham has nailed this bowl after 10 years…… I better explain: Jonathan tells me that this piece of Cherry was in his shed for about ten years. There was a nail in it, however he recently found that the nail wasn’t as big as it looked and that he could cut it out. … In the end, a result worth waiting for.
Michael Fay has turned two Christmas trees. Made from Sycamore with Acrylic ink, Olive Ash and Pink Ivory, I suspect that Michael's precision comes through and that the diameters, spacing and curves are identical to the eye. One thing I note about the colouring is that the grain still shows through. I particularly like this as it somehow manages to bring out the tree, from the Christmas Tree.
Cecil Barron has sent in two entries, which are very welcome. Both are bowls and both are very different. The first is a beautifully warm piece of Cherry from Cecil’s garden and the second is Elm. While the Elm bowl would be no good for soup, this tree really could tell a story.
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