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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Masur birch box

Masur birch box

I love masur birch and have wanted to make a larger masur birch box for quite a while now but I cant seem to find masur birch spindle blanks in sizes larger than 65mm square. 

So I recently bought a 60mm thick by 180mm square cross grain bowl blank from Feines Holz in Germany.
I knew that cross grain boxes can be a challenge but masur birch cuts so cleanly I hoped I could make it work.

I cut the blank into quarters, to give me four pieces 90x90x60mm


I turned some scrap wood and attached them to the blanks with epoxy glue.


I cut the blanks on the bandsaw giving the base of the box 5mm extra than the top to allow for the tenon 




At this stage I set the wood aside for a week or so in my house to settle, i knew it wouldn't take too long as the wood was already at 9% moisture content when i bought it.


once happy that the wood was dry and stable I then turned the clam shell style box.

The glue blocks worked well and allowed me to use this thinner material to its full depth.






Saturday, 17 September 2016

You never can tell...

You never can tell..


Its been an odd sort of week since my last post:

I was contacted about doing a demo again.... which I have had to turn down again!

I have been worrying about my lathe and lack of space and whether to get a second lathe... again!

and after spending a small fortune on a new camera.. I had a 30 second mobile phone video go viral!

and its that that relates to the title of this post as it has happened to me a couple of time now where what I think is a brilliant piece of work drops like a lead balloon and then a quick phone picture or video takes off like a rocket!!

why does one thing get picked up and shared and another does not? is too complicated for me to understand but it is certainly a nice feeling when it does happen as it not only boosts my confidence and picks me up but also boosts website traffic and traffic to my etsy shop.

Here is the video that went well on Instagram with 260k views
A video posted by George Watkins (@from_the_tree) on




And here is a similar video that went well on my facebook page. 




Wednesday, 7 September 2016

AAW turning of the week

American Association of woodturners 

turning of the week


I am very proud to have had my black and white ebony box chosen as turning of the week on the AAW website.


here are some more pictures of the box which is currently available to buy in my etsy shop here






Tuesday, 23 August 2016

From buying the wood to finished item

From buying the wood to finished item

I thought you might like to see part of the process that I used recently to make some buckeye burr hybrid blanks and a finished box with one of them.

First off allot of people don't realise how hard it is to buy buckeye burr in the u.k and how few American sellers are willing to sell it!

I found this piece of blonde buckeye burr on the US version of eBay and he was willing to ship outside the US

how the wood looked when it was delivered


the wood was covered in a type of wax but luckily it was slightly oversized at 70mm so I was able to cut a thin strip of each edge on the bandsaw removing the wax from the outside surfaces.

I cut it into 3 blanks and used a burr in a dremel type tool to clean out the bark inclusion cavity's

after cutting to size and cleaning


The wood was then stabilised under vacuum in cactus juice resin to harden it
being stabilised in the vacuum chamber

once cured I cleaned out any excess stabilising resin from the cavity's and could cast it with coloured resin to form solid blanks.

I chose one in green, one in blue and one in a smoky grey/black

the 3 blanks after casting



I have sold the green blank on my website and have turned the black blank into a box, I am still unsure as to what to do with the blue blank.

the finished black resin box





Thursday, 18 August 2016

Redwood burr box

Redwood burr box

Following on from my previous post where I was writing about my new vacuum chamber and stabilising some redwood burr.

Here is the finished box that I made with that stabilised wood.

Redwood burr & African blackwood box

Redwood burr & African blackwood box

Redwood burr & African blackwood box

Redwood burr & African blackwood box