Butterfly Crack Repair – IRD

This type of repair is also referred to as a “Dutchman”, “Bow Tie”, “Dovetail” or “Pewa”. The method demonstrated involves using a router to make both the recess and the patch but also includes an alternate method of creating patches in bulk. Applying patches to both existing or emerging cracks not only saves material that would otherwise be thrown in the fire but also saves projects that already have hours of work invested in them. In the end, a well-done butterfly patch is easy to do and represents a higher level of skill that increases the value of a project.

In this demo I show how to make a pattern for routing the recess for a patch, how to cut material to make the patch, how to cut the recess, then fit the patch.  

I discuss the features to look for in a router and router bits that I have found most suitable.

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Replication Made Simple – IRD

This demo focuses on turning between centres, showing traditional techniques that make replication much easier than most turners believe. I presented this demo at the AAW 2018 symposium in Portland, Oregon.

My woodturning roots are in spindle turning, learned from my father over 60 years ago. Most treatises on spindle turning include the use of patterns, often frightening people off rather than encouraging people to try turning multiples. Also, modern pattern lathes, and now CNC lathes, have led to the notion that every single piece must be identical. In traditional turning, pieces appear to be the same but are not absolutely identical, taking away the fear that “I could never turn two things the same”. Trust me, you can.

The key technique is the use of a “story stick”, which I will demonstrate making and in use. I show a variety of calipers with their own advantages and disadvantages.

I will explain and demonstrate techniques for making the three elements in spindle turning – beads, coves and barrel shapes – and the tools used to create them. Pommel cuts are an integral part of spindle turning using those shapes, so that will also be demonstrated.

Ready to give it a try? Take part in the demo first. Sign up at the store: https://edswoodturning.com/shop/

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Colouring Wood – IRD

I’ve applied colour in various forms to my work since the early 1990’s.  I discuss surface preparation, use of wood-compatible dyes, ebonizing, bleaching, ebonizing, fuming, liming – using both traditional lime wax and acrylic paint – and faux painting techniques.

My dye technique involves the use of only the primary colours – red, blue and yellow – and black. I show how these colours are applied to a piece separately rather than premixing colours to achieve spectacular effects on figured wood. I show how bleaching can be used to change the outcome or be used on its own.

I discuss different ways of ebonizing or darkening wood by applying an ebonizing fluid and fuming with ammonia.

I discuss and show the effects of various commercially available treatments like crackle glaze and faux metallic applications.

For available dates, check out the calendar at: https://edswoodturning.com/events/

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Beyond ABC – IRD

The focus of this demo is on improving tool control in bowl turning, however is relevant to most between-center techniques. In anything, I believe that to know the “how” you must understand the “why”. It is an in-depth explanation of those things that are not covered when someone talks about Anchor, Bevel, Cut. I presented this demo at the AAW 2018 symposium in Portland, Oregon

I explain and show how the legs are used for greater power and control when making a cut.

Transverse Cut

I explain and demonstrate how the front hand and back hand have two different jobs. This is pertinent to all turners but also helps me a lot when teaching left handers bowl turning.

I demonstrate and explain when to engage the tool rest with your forward hand and when not. Many turners have anchored themselves to the tool rest completely, which greatly hinders their ability to control the tool.

I explain the two causes of catches by breaking them down logically into action/reaction. All of this relates directly to spindle turning tools as well. For bowl turners it eliminates the issue of ruining the rim on the last interior cut as well as the dreaded catch about ¾ the way up the outside. For spindle turners, you will be able to use the skew with confidence.

Ready to reserve your spot? Visit the store at: https://edswoodturning.com/shop/

When’s the next demo you ask? Check out the events calendar here: https://edswoodturning.com/events/

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Lee Valley Tools

Quite some time ago, Ed started instructing for Lee Valley tools in Coquitlam. He isn’t there all the time thankfully, he is after all retired. 🙂 He usually has a few classes every term. There is a 2 day beginner woodturner course, and a one day course on sharpening your woodturning tools. Every now and then he also instructs on turning a hollow form. He has done some other specialty courses like the three legged stool. Those aren’t run all the time, just when the need arises or and idea inspires.

The great thing about the courses there is that they are central in the Lower Mainland and a reasonable price. Of course Lee Valley loves it, because it gets you in the door and you will, no doubt, do some shopping.

Ed has also traveled to Kelowna to instruct in their store up there. Usually once or twice a year. If you live in the area, sign up, you won’t be disappointed.

If you live in the Lower Mainland and are interested in the courses for Lee Valley Tools Seminars Coquitlam, follow this link and sign up. http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/SeminarList.aspx?c=1&rs=60

If you live in the Okanagan and are interested in the Lee Valley Tools Seminars Kelowna, follow this link and sign up. http://www.leevalley.com/en/home/SeminarList.aspx?c=1&rs=90

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The Roundhouse

Well, as I promised earlier, I would be posting about what Ed’s been up to that has kept him too busy to being doing his own posts. Well they may not be in any specific order, but you’ll be up to date in no time.

At the end of last year Ed met a fellow named Jeremy Tomlinson. He is an accomplished woodworker who has his own shop in North Vancouver. It’s called The Urban Woodworker. Jeremy runs woodturning classes in North Vancouver at his shop and a the Roundhouse Community Recreation Center in Vancouver.

They hit it off right away which is a good thing. (Easy to do with two woodworkers, just get them started talking about wood.) Jeremy had a proposal for Ed. He asked him to be an instructor for him at the Roundhouse in Yaletown (an area of Vancouver). As most of you know already, this is right up Ed’s alley. He loves training. From his days in the Fire Service training, then onto motorcycle skills training and of course woodturning.

This new position would mean him traveling to Vancouver on most Friday’s. In no short order Jeremy added Saturday to Ed’s schedule. So, the retired guy is now a commuter. Who’d a thunk? Certainly not me. He actually takes transit which is almost unheard of from our area of Langley. He has to drive to the start of his route of course, but after a bus, three connections and 3 trains he’s there. Only an hour and half later. The price is right and it saves wear and tear on the vehicles and on Ed. He doesn’t have to fight the traffic to get there.

He started this new venture the end of November 2018 and just got his new schedule for the fall term. He is booked every Friday and Saturday at the Roundhouse. Not to mention he’s still teaching at home here and at Lee Valley in Coquitlam. Busy guy…

You can check out Jeremy’s site here: https://urbanwoodworker.com/

If you live in the Vancouver area and would like to take classes from Ed at the Roundhouse, you can sign up for the classes on either Friday or Saturday using this link: http://roundhouse.ca/programs/adult/ Scroll down the page until you reach the Woodworking Level 1: Wood Turning (19+) section.

If you’d rather have a more personal one on one woodturning experience with Ed give him a call or drop him an email. You can find the contact information on the Woodturning Classes tab above, or click on this link: https://edswoodturning.com/woodturning-classes/

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Back in the saddle

Arlene here, Ed’s wife, for those of you that don’t know me. It’s been awhile since Ed has had the time to write. Not that he has forgotten about his followers and readers, but he has been awfully busy. That’s not really an excuse I know, but the posts to come will explain what he has been up to.

In the meantime you can check out his Facebook page for his more recent posts. You can check them all out here: https://www.facebook.com/Edswoodturning/

Stay tuned…

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Making handles for your turning tools 2

Here is the second in a three part series showing how to make inexpensive, high quality turning handles. Again, there are a few random tips unrelated to turning handles because the video is part of a “tips” presentation to the Fraser Valley Wood turning Guild.

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Making handles for your turning tools 1

It’s been a while since I have posted here but it’s so hard to turn and type at the same time. 🙂 I recently had been asked to produce a video on “tips and tricks” for one of r the guilds to which I belong. Once I ad the video in hand it occurred to me that posting it to YouTube for viewing here was the next step.

Please excuse some of the totally irrelevant comments; these were meant for the intended audience, members of the Fraser Valley Woodturners Guild.

This video is the first of three parts dealing with making your own turning handles. The intent of the video was generally about helpful tips so you will see some random tips completely out of context with making handles, but they are nonetheless… helpful.

Making turning tool handles 1

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Hollow Turning With a Twist.

I thought I would share a project I have been working on recently that is different than many and uses a hollowing technique I haven’t used until now. The size of this project is a bit nuts but the concept may be something that might come in handy no matter what the size.

Some background

Some of you may have seen my spiral pieces cut from tall vase forms. The one below is my favourite, standing 22” tall. It now lives somewhere in the UK.

Fire in the Heart

Fire in the Heart

That form has morphed into several iterations, each one a spiral cut from a completed turning. In some cases, I have been able to use the negative space cut from the original for yet another piece, so that’s a cool bonus. Most of these pieces now go to a friend, Steve Smith, who is a native artist. Steve paints his very contemporary style on these pieces, which are themselves anything but traditional native forms. This has been a very rewarding collaboration for both of us. Quite honestly I feel that I gain the most, having learned so much from him about art, inspiration and life in general.

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The project at hand

For several years I have had an idea of a wave-like form in my mind, but no surface treatment to take it to the next level. Recently it came out in its own time as something that would suit Steve’s style perfectly. He agreed with my ideas so I started the project immediately – by falling a large maple on Sumas Mountain.

The piece needed to be at least 36” long by at least 8” in diameter (so that Steve could paint the inside). Ideally the blank had to be centered with the pith in the middle to keep the dried piece from being oval. The stems from the tree I chose were perfect. I had the length and got 9” and 10” diameter pieces. At the moment the rest is taking up a lot of space beside my shop.


Hollowing: part one

The plan was to make a 33” long “pipe” with ½” wall thickness then cut a wave form from that (to my great satisfaction, I actually get two from each one). I started by turning a cylinder between centers. I used a faceplate since this was a very heavy piece. To begin the hollowing I set up a steady rest then removed the tailstock. After boring out the center I used a large hollowing rig to hollow the piece to the middle plus a bit.



Hollowing: part two

I removed the piece from the lathe and faceplate then affixed a blank to the faceplate and turned it as a “plug” for the hollow end. I glued the plug, complete with faceplate, into the piece using the lathe as a clamp. Once set, I proceeded to hollow the second half. Parting the completed piece from the plug was a bit of an adventure but everything went as planned with the steady rest and a giant taper center on the tailstock end controlling things.



Laying out the spiral

Mapping the spiral is the same technique used for marking out barley twists on spindles. I used the indexing head and divided the diameter into equal parts (24, I think) and marking the lines with the tool rest set exactly at center. I then divided the length into equal parts by using a set of dividers to step off. The trial and error method of making minute adjustments to the dividers to get to the exact destination didn’t really take all that long and achieved the end result I wanted. By using a flexible ruler (courtesy of Barry Wilkinson – Thanks, Barry) I was able to connect the dots (intersections) to get my cutting lines. The ends of the wave were drawn free form to give it at least a bit of an organic look. We were even able to use the waste pieces from the end of the waves for little shelf-mounted forms (See photo of pieces on counter top. Pardon the laundry.)



After waiting for a few weeks for the piece to dry, it was a matter of cutting carefully on the lines and sanding the pieces. And sanding. And sanding. And sanding some more. In the end, I did quite a bit of sanding. Times four. A couple of small turned buttons on the bottom keep the wave from crashing on the beach – or the floor.

The finished form

At this point in time the work is in Steve’s hands and I have no idea what he will come up with. My original inspiration was under-sea creatures on the inside and over-the-sea-creatures on the outside. Time will tell because he is very much an artist who works in the moment. There are four of these and it will take a couple of months at least for him to paint.


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