I turned an oak mallet for my dad the other day, i had been given an old table leg and thought it would be perfect for a sturdy mallet. It was the first time i had turned seasoned oak, it cut fine but took a fair amount of finishing, i oiled and sanded on the lathe.
I was commissioned to make a Photobooth for the launch of Rita Ora's new clothing line for Adidas, the intention was to have it resemble a packing crate and draw inspiration from the colours in the clothing line. My talented friend Jamie Julien Brown painted the panels on the booth. www.jamiejulienbrown.com
Vogue featured one of my trays in Octobers issue, if you are interested in one of the trays you can email me to discuss.
At the beginning of the summer i went to a small village in holland called Zweeloo to be part of the team fabricating an art instillation destined for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. the structure will stand either side of a canal that runs through the park, info here: http://queenelizabetholympicpark.co.uk/~/media/qeop/files/public/lldc_artculturestrategy_webhigh.pdf
The frame which ill stand nine meters tall once installed was designed by an art collective called observitorium who do really cool large scale projects.
the fabricators were a father and son team Jan and Jelle -Jan Kroes who are traditional oak frame builders making amazing oak barns in the countryside of Holland. The place was amazing, beautiful countryside, the friendliest people, they even had their own saw mill.
ill post more once the structure is put up in the park.
I have always wanted a carving mallet, even though i don't really partake in carving i just love the shape and the fact you don't need to worry about how you are striking the chisel.
my friend bought a job lot of old lawn bowls on ebay and kindly gave one to me. Lignum vitae is amazing stuff. not only is it really hard and dense, its oily. you would think that being so dense it would be hard to turn, but because of the oil in it, it lubricates itself. when i was drilling out the centre little beads of oil appeared on the surface.
there was some great carving on the ball, it was too nice to turn off so i had to leave it, its a nice little reminder of its previous life.
The handle is made from a fruit tree that came down in my parents garden. The placement of the small burr was a happy accident, it gets a lot of use as it is as good at whacking as it is tapping.
Saw one of these on the internet and thought it would be a fun little thing to make.
Rough turned, this thing is going to be huge, god knows how long it will take to dry out but i am imagining quite a while. its got a 56cm diameter, ill have to make a giant table for it to sit on.
This was the first bowl i turned from the haul of Sycamore. It was lovely to cut, I had never really given Sycamore much thought but it is beautiful stuff, great figure and lovely pale colour.