Sat, 9th June 2018 at MWCC
Gary gave us an entertaining day with demos of no less than 9 pieces! (not
all shown). Also during his demo, he gave many useful tips including the
importance of stance as well as the applicability, technique and method of use
of certain tools, This included tools that he had specially adapted. Whilst he
was demonstrating he quickly gained a rapport with members showing a great sense
His first demo was a special Salt Cellar shaped like a Bell.
When filled with salt and shaken from side to side no salt will appear but if shaken up & down then it will. This involved a special inside funnel.
Pendant - To make this, Gary has a special circular 'jig' which is in
two halves. This is shaped with an off-set centre. A piece of decorative wood is
shaped to fit and then drilled as well as contoured (left). The piece is then
reversed in the 'jig' so that it is finished on both sides. He finished it with
sander-sealer and lacquer. He pointed out that there are different techniques
for end grain and cross grain pieces to avoid 'tearing'. A useful project for
using up odd bits of 'good' wood.
Humming Top - This consists of two parts ; a handle and a cylinder.
Picture Frame - using a spare 'middle'
'Tip-over' Top - Gary emphasised that the base should not be pointed
otherwise it will not 'tip over'. The decoration was made with felt tip pens.
Happy to say that this one worked!
A selection of Gary's work