This demonstration is going show different ways to treat the surface of a turned object. After a piece is turned you can decorate it with textures, colors, and carving. This can be done with many tools including the use of burning pens, carving tools, and vibrating tools.
Participants will learn the use of different tools to create my style of texturing, which Michael calls burn texturing. This will include the use of pyrography with a burning pen and burning through friction. He will cover some power carving and vibrating textures. Lastly, I’ll show some coloring techniques.
Carving for Turners
Michael will show the use of power carving tools to create life like leaves and other items of the natural world.
Attendees will see how to layout shop made templates for design. They will learn the techniques of power carving that he uses to create pierced carved turnings.
Celtic Drinking Horn
Michael will show the proper turning techniques to create my version of a 9th century northern European drinking vessel. This will include the actual turning, sawing apart, regluing, and carving the vessel in to shape.
The attendees will learn the steps involved in creating a unique turning project. Turning a shape that works for creating a horn shaped drinking vessel will be the first step. Then he will go over the process for cutting apart and reassembly of the horn, which will include carving the inside and outside shape. Finally, he will show some texturing techniques.
Michael, from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has exhibited in several US shows, including Challenge V: International Lathe Turned Objects Show, the National Speleological Society’s Fine Art Salon and has a piece in the permanent collection of the Woodturning Center in Philadelphia. He turned an ornament for the Clinton White House during the Year of the Craft. Michael has won awards in many art shows and craft shows locally and nationally, including several Best of Show awards. He has also judged many wood carving shows and has written for the American Woodturner, the journal of the American Association of Woodturners and Woodcraft Magazine. Active in both local and national turning and carving clubs, he also demonstrates and teaches both woodcarving and woodturning in his studio. Michael has been turning and carving since 1980, and has studied anatomy sculpture under Eugene Daubs through the Tyler School of Art. His work has gotten him invited to Australia and Turkey to participate in international turning events.
|Turning Outside the Box
This demo integrates the Lathe and the bandsaw to create a variety of boxes and decorative platters. Attendees will learn to construct a bandsaw box that can be turned on the lathe in a variety of ways. Strategies for form and decoration will be discussed. The rotation will end with participants learning how to take these techniques and utilize them to make creative platters that look like inlay. Bandsaw safety will be stressed. This demo is geared toward all levels.
Sculptural Stringed Instruments from the Lathe
You do not need to be a musician to create great sounding instruments; you just need to know proper layout and materials. This rotation will teach participants how to use the lathe to create stringed instruments, such as guitars and ukuleles and tenor guitars. The focus will be creating the neck of an instrument, utilizing the technique of offset turning to sculpt the surface. Examples of segmented and faceplate turnings for the bodies will be shared. This demo is open to all levels.
Turning with Your Mind
Do you want to be more creative with your work? What is good achieving a certain skill level if you do not know what you want to make? This demo demystifies the creative process through slide presentation and audience participation. Beth will break down the creative process into and easy to understand 5 column chart you can go to anytime you need to come up with and unique idea. It is so much easier than you think, learn the secret of the creative process. This demo is great for all levels.
Turning and Carving
Did you ever wonder how to carve leaves, make spirals or repeat carved patterns on your bowls and spindles? Carved patterns can be the perfect addition to any, bowl, box or spindle. This demo lays out the order of marking, holding and carving different patterns on your turned objects. Carving tools and sharpening will also be covered.
Turning Simple Offset Boxes
This demo teaches the making of simple off set boxes. The demo introduces proper spindle techniques and the pommel cut which are then combined with the geometry of offset turning to create a variety of useful boxes.
Beth earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo, and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been