The audience for the Harvey Rich Studio dedication
Eli Avisera with trembler
All the various projects
Trembler: He feeds square stock through the headstock so support is always short.
The end is supported with string
Jig for holding trembler with string – MT2 for tailstock
Slots cut with ultra thin parting tool
Closeup of Eli’s “combination” tool. Top is flat with negative rake.
Next project: Human figure using offset turning
Holding in chuck just using ball at top
Shaping the head on axis
Next projeect: Roughing a top and its box
He also knurled on back surface
Hollowing the box to fit the top
Top rim was burnt with wood block
Thick tape to protect against chuck jaws when box reversed
Burning with wood block
Bottom will provide surface for spinning top
Beginning the bottle stopper
Painting the top surface only – acrylic paint won’t bleed into the wood
Decorate with long point of the skew with wood slightly offset in jaws
Different tilts give different effects
Measure for cork length and stopper overhang
Sanding with beeswax polish
Cutting for the cork tenon and part off
Next project: Scoop
Shaping the sphere for cup
Mark the offset
Cutting handle offset
Cut down the tenon at tailstock. Was thick to avoid splitting
Wooden jaws holds sphere. Cavity is cylindrical – could be spherical
Hollow the sphere and trim off tenon
Chuck allows feeling the thickness
Two scoops – the cup should be tilted the opposite way, but cutting off the tenon would be another step.
Next project: Winged bowl – template was 230 mm radius
He penciled the template curve on all four sides of board and numbered each side
Sand by hand to keep corners crisp
Painted black with acrylic and offset cuts with skew point. He numbers each side so knows which side to bring forward next to achieve a spiral effect. Notice the pencil lines from the template to show desired curvature.
To keep vibation minimized, bowl is backed by form with same curvature as template. The green is tacky contact cement.
Pattern cut into winged bowl top surface before turning back. Notice the spiral effect.
Bowl taped down for turning the foot
Final shape. This method allows for very thin bowls.
Earring project: This collet allows for reversing the Ebony blank
Earring examples and stand
Wet paint will drip with spin creating interesting pattern
Drybrush painting with little foam brush
Result with offset turning of grooves and metallic paints
Eli’s sculpture signifying the collegial world of woodturning
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