Copper Bowl

Copper Closeup

I finished this bowl with a paint that has copper embedded in it. The mahogany brown patina I applied after painting didn’t have as big an effect I thought it would. Probably because of the other ingredients added to the paint.

It measures approximately 2 inches high by 5 1/2 inches wide.

CopperCopper Top

This paint is a three part mixture of paint, hardener and catalyst that goes on thick. Next time I’ll try spraying it on. Hopefully that will cut down on the amount of sanding required to get the brush strokes out.



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Hopefully you have noticed the new look of The site had its two year birthday last February, I decided then it was time for an upgrade. As my skills and techniques have developed over this time I figured the site should also change to better display my art.

This is the first of several upgrades I have in the works. I hope you like it.

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Another Peek

Another look at what I currently have going on.

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Grinder Stand

Like every wood worker, I spend time sharpening my tools. As a woodturner I spend a lot more time at the grinder. A while ago I purchased another grinder that was on sale. Having a second grinder for woodturning tools allows me to keep the jig settings without having to constantly change them when I need to sharpen a different style tool. Some turners have three or more grinders so they rarely have to adjust the settings.

My main grinder has been attached to a base and sits on my workbench. I’ve always had two issues with this: it takes up valuable workbench space and whenever I check the alignment of the tool to the wheel I have to bend over to see it. It’s that second part that I find the most frustrating. So this new grinder has been sitting in its box because I wanted to build a stand that will bring it up to my height. I knew if I unboxed it and put it on the workbench I’d never get around to building a stand.

Grinder Stand PlansI searched through my Wood magazine collection for some stand ideas and I found one in the May 2011 issue that looked promising. The only problem I had with it was the height. But that is easily resolved with a little re-design.

I had a three quarter sheet of plywood sitting in the shop and that was just the right size for my stand. In their design the side leg panels were 36 inches high, so I made my 50 inches. Because of the extra height I also made the panels wider at the base so it wouldn’t be tippy.

This is one of those projects that start out simple but then I kept adding to it. I added a second shelf to hold the jig fixtures and storage for spare grinder wheels on the back. My Delta grinder has a built in lamp that does a good job of providing light right where I need it. The new grinder doesn’t have that option. As soon as I mounted the grinder on the stand I knew I needed a light, I had an Ikea LED light that would work well for that. After I mounted the light I realized I now had two power cords to deal with, and that’s not good. I added an outlet with a switch to the side to fix that.

The centerline of the grinder sits at 56 1/2″ which is about the center of my chest and over a foot higher than the other grinder. In the few times I’ve already used it I feel much more comfortable standing straight up compared to the old setup on the workbench. The stand seems sturdy and I can slide it around the shop as needed rather easily. The only issue I have is vibration. The wheels aren’t balanced so when I turn it off the stand it vibrates as the wheels come to a stop. It doesn’t seem to be an issue when they are running at full speed, only when they hit a lower speed coming to a stop. As a work around I’m considering adding a box near the base and filling it with sand to dampen the vibration. Of course the proper solution would be to balance the wheels but I don’t have the tools to do that correctly.


Old and New grinders

Grinder Stand Side View

Grinder Stand Side View

Grinder Stand Storage

Grinder Stand Storage

It looks like I’m going to have to make one for the other grinder now.

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Sneak Peek

A peek at what I’m currently working on.


Hum, what can that be?

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Roses & Thorns

Over the Christmas holidays I was in Ohio and stopped by the WoodWerks store (which is one of my favorite tool stores). While browsing around I found a template for laying out diamond and triangle turnings. The templates are made by Mike Sorge, he calls the turnings he makes with them Elegant Geometrics. I was interested in the design so I thought I’d give a diamond shaped turning a try.

This is made from a cherry board. It measures 20 inches long.

Roses & Thorns

Roses & ThornsRoses & Thorns

The Woodworking Shows are in town this weekend so I will be displaying this in their Project Showcase area.


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ArtPrize 2014 My Favorites

After two days walking around Grand Rapids looking at all the entries, these are the four I’ve come up with as my favorites.

AP_2014-025This piece by Jerry Ward  called ‘Beauty of Compromise’ has a very nice flow to it. The lines and curves twisted so nicely that it made me want to reach out and touch it. I think it would have been better if we could have viewed it without all the background distractions.

AP_2014-030Dan Chudzinski’s entry called ‘The Mudpuppy’ is so much fun. This outdoor sculpture stand 8 feet high and 14 feet long. It depicts a creature taking his dog for an underwater walk.


‘Intersections’ took up an entire room of the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). A light in the center reflects the patterns over the walls and ceiling. Standing in the room gave you a feeling of being surrounded by it. This piece by Anila Quayyum Agha is the only one of my favorites that also made the judges’ short list.

And my vote for the Peoples Choice went to:AP_2014-026

The Swimming Polar Bear by Nahoko Kojima. This entry consisted of three paper cut sculptures; a leopard, an eagle and a polar bear. It was the polar bear that stood out to me.

Made from a single sheet of white washi paper measuring 10 foot by 10 foot and hung from the ceiling by invisible wires. It took her seven months to make all the cuts.


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ArtPrize 2014 Day Two

More images from art work we viewed today:

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ArtPrize 2014 Day One

We traveled to Grand Rapids this morning to visit this years ArtPrize event. Last year we did this and found out that one day was just not enough time to see everything we wanted to. Especially with the 2 1/2 hour drive each way.

Here are some photo’s from todays visit:

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DAW September Newsletter

The September edition of the DAW newsletter ‘Shavings’ is out. This was the first meeting we held in our new location at the Pontiac Creative Art Center.

Unfortunately I was not at this meeting. I’m planning at being there in October.

The newsletter can be accessed via the link below:

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