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  1. Former co-worker asked if I would burn a wedding plaque. Her wife-to-be had a piece of wood that had special meaning to her. I believe her father was going to do something for her years ago - but passed before he could do anything - thus the special meaning for her. Initial request was to simply put name and wedding date on plaque - if you know me I don't do simple very well - LOL. With their approval I went on to design several layouts and let them pick the one they liked - this is what we agreed on! Congratulations Tina and Stephanie! This was the initial piece of wood I was given. Heavy saw marks and not flat at all After using hand plane and drum sander - this is what it looked like. Beautiful piece of wood After several layouts - this was the pattern we all agreed on - ended up changing the names to initials. Lettering was too small for me to comfortably burn the names. Pattern transferred Burning complete with a couple close-ups. Still need to put several coats of poly on it
  2. First of all, who decided "Pyrography" would be a good name for wood burning. I can't even spell it, at least as far as the spell checker is concerned. Anyway I have been futzing around in the basement shop supposedly cleaning and reorganizing, well, at least until something to play with catches my attention. I came across a battery charger I was given for parts because it didn't work and I thought someday maybe I could use it to build a wood burning machine. Well that day or I should say days finally came. I opened it up and found the transformer still worked and that is the heart of the machine. The malfunction of the charger happened in the circuit board but I found online that I could eliminate it so I did. The diodes are there to make a correct DC voltage and they are still good but decided just to eliminate the board all together. Here is that circuit board I removed. I noticed the store bought machines had plug in pens and used plugs that appeared to be the same as audio connectors. I didn't want to go out to the store if I didn't have to. Being the pack rat I am I looked around and found what I needed. I drilled the needed holes and installed a jack I had removed from God knows what and hooked the transformer wires to them. To control the heat a standard dimmer switch is connected to the AC power in wire on the hot side. A dimmer switch that powers on as the knob is turned would be preferred over the push on push off style. The heat is adjusted by "slowly" turning the knob and the push type can be inadvertently turned to the highest heat before it is pushed on and blow the fuse. Yep, you know how I know that. Here is a picture of the front with dimmer switch. I put the audio jacks on the back due to space restraints. To make the pens I took some brass rod and used the Unimat hobby lathe to make connectors. I had some small fiberglass pop up tent poles that I cut in pieces for the hand hold. Soldered some audio cables to the tips. I used both available conductors in the wire to carry the current. In use the wires get quite warm and I may have to go to larger wires. I am going to use it as is and see what happens. I'll keep an eye on it and it is not high voltage. 12v. For making the burning tips Nichrome wire is needed. Nichrome wire is what is used for making heating elements. I used a piece from a small space heater. I saved the wire for this purpose when I had a heater I was discarding. Just bend it to what ever shape you want. Comes in different diameters if you choose to buy it. This is just a 6-Amp charger but is more than enough power. I can melt the wire with it. I have played with it a little and found the wire does not need to be red hot for burning but the continuous power is there and holds an even heat. The tip was hot but not red hot when I did this. I'm sure I will need to practice some. Any questions? Ask away.
  3. And I didn't even do it Hope this works In case it doesn't I posted the pictures. This bowl was done by a guy who has been following my youtube channel. He was really taken by the "basketbowl" video and wanted to do his own version. I think he knocked it out of the park. A little different interpretation than what I did but outstanding in every regard. Steve
  4. Merry Christmas! Posting a little early as tomorrow will be hectic, to say the least! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us his display and setup for the craft shows. Just look at the varied items he has made! No wonder they sell so quickly! There are more images in his post- From last week's Wednesdays post, there was some comments about turning bowls. @Gerald added some great information and links in response to the comments. Thanks, Gerald, for jumping in on this! @HandyDan created some awesome inside out ornaments and display stands! See more in his post- @Masonsailor came up with some beautiful last minute gifts. These will surely be a hit with any hostess! He has more information in his post about the type of wood he used- @Woodbutcherbynight added some more fantastic hybrid champagne glasses. These are really spectacular! Here's his latest post- @Ron Altier posted an entry about a really novel turning. Lots and lots of tiny little pieces and gobs of glue What’s Coming Up- Another club- http://www.azwoodturners.org/wood/ For The Newbies- Rick Turns posted a 2 part video on making shallow "dish". What I found interesting was not so much the turning but some of the things he used during the process. In Part 1, notice he uses the same depth gauge we mentioned here last week. Also, check out his High Tech drying device- Expand Your Horizons- In Part 2 of the videos Rick posted shows how he embellished the shallow bowl using Pyrography and "leafing". If you have never tried leafing, it can really add to a turning and isn't that difficult to do! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have been posting videos of their product. Ken Rizza demonstrates the items. Makes it nice to see the stuff in action. Here's a video of their "Lathe Track"- Everything Else- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a video from Mike Peace and Alan Stratton talking about a Christmas ornament contest. The winners were selected and here they are- Announcing the results from the 2019 Christmas Ornament Challenge There was a minor catastrophe with the elm bowl I was turning. The inside was finished, sanded and the same with the outside. To finish off the foot it required reverse chucking and it looked like that would work with my Easy Wood chuck and the Big Easy Jaws ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- As an extra measure of caution, I used nylon strapping tape- Things were going fine until- I had even saturated the interface between the bark/sapwood and the heart wood but... Reglued the crack and continued on. My original thought on the reverse chuck method was to use a friction chuck. Should have stuck to that plan. Anyway, that's what I ended up doing. An old scrap of wood rounded to match the interior radius of the bowl- Then hot gluing a red rubber pad to the scrap- Removed the point from the live center to capture the nub on the bottom of the bowl The poly is drying, now. I'm working on a little "light box" to improve my photos- using Mike Peace's design. Will post the finished bowl next week. Safe turning
  5. Trained as a Fine Artist at the University of Maryland, twelve of Lora Susan Irish’s pure breed dog oil paintings have been published as limited edition art prints. Her art has been featured on the front covers of “Doberman Quarterly” 1991, “Samoyed Quarterly” – all four issues of 1991, and “Shetland Sheepdog Quarterly” 1991 published by Hoflin Press. Read more... In addition to Mrs. Irish's extensive line of informational products for sale, she also gives back to the crafts community by offering free plans and patterns such as this carving relief tutorial. https://www.lsirish.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Your-First-Carving-by-LS-Irish.pdf
  6. My latest woven basket illusion, a ceremonial basket design that I call Navajo Rain Cross. The cross symbol can also be found on Navajo rugs and pottery and is often used to represent Spider Woman, the first Navajo deity. The basket is twelve inches in diameter and the wood is maple. Beading, pyrography and ink were used to create the basket illusion. It was donated to the SWAT 2019 Symposium and selected as an auction item.
  7. So, I'm new to the site but I figured out that there is this nifty little blog feature. I am a pyrographer. I burn designs into wood. It's amazing how relaxing it can be to create something so beautiful from something so potentially chaotic. Currently my works have been patriotic or pagan in genre. Eventually, as I gain more skill, I will branch into others as well. I am more than happy to help answer any questions, to help you find the tools, etc.
  8. Its not much (and its missing the door...) but its mine. I included my heater and dog butt LOL
  9. Soldiers Cross burned onto Balsa (?) wood plaque, acrylic paint for flag.
  10. The local art council sponsors a non juried show every year for local artisans. It's a small show but it's still fun to enter. This year, I entered three pieces, ones you've all seen before. Two of them got recognition so I'm very happy about that. Just wanted to share my moment! Thanks for looking. Steve
  11. Hope I'm not wearing this out. Couldn't find an off the shelf stand to display the maple rocks bowl. They were either too light weight or hid too much of the bottom. I had an idea in mind but just wasn't happy with what I was doing. Spied a piece of gnarly cherry in my wood pile and started grinding on it. Here is the result. This is the piece of cherry, it's hard to tell from the picture but the bowl will sit in the little depression and it really looks pretty nice. I show it to my wife, she said she liked but it was a shame no one would see the underside because it was also very pretty. On a lark, I flipped the piece over and with just a little surgery the bowl sits very nicely there as well. Not especially happy with how the pictures show the bowl and stand but I hope you get the idea. From the underside of the bowl. For what it's worth. Wife told me if I have any more of those pieces I might to just make some of these to stand on their own. Steve
  12. Just finished this morning. I will say that I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. The rim is always a challenge for me as I'm never quite sure what to do with it. I had originally planned a herringbone pattern but nothing I drew looked right to me. It's about 12" diameter and not quite 5" deep. I'm sure I've posted this already but the design on the bottom is called "phicops in a circle" It's a zentangle pattern and the original author is Brad Harms-CZT Steve
  13. A great week here for the Patriot Woodturners. Just today, @Steve Krumanaker posted his gorgeous, finished "Maple Rocks" bowl- Steve posted more information and images here- @Smallpatch is making more progress on his teapots. He posted his updated progress- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing to give a demo to the turning club, of which he is a member. Steve pointed out how much work it is to create/give a successful demonstration. When properly done, the audience gets information in an enjoyable, fluid manner. But, demos don't just happen by accident. Planning, preparation and practice are required to pull off a demonstration without a hitch. Just some of what Steve did getting ready- He explains more, here- By the way, those seed starter makers are a great gift. I made some a few years ago for relatives. Mike Peace added a YouTube video on selecting lathe chuck jaws. Specialized jaws can really be an asset for different turning projects. I wish Mike would have done the Easy Wood Chuck jaws. Their add/remove mechanism is unique. Capt. Eddie continues to produce videos. He recently added one on finishing a turning. He demonstrates an inertia sander which is really handy for spindle and bowl sanding. He has a hardware kit available for making these sanders. Rick Turns has made available the YouTube listing of woodturning videos for May. If you enjoy finding an all-in-one place reference, please give Rick a quick thanks on his YouTube channel. The Woodturning OnLine Newsletter came this week. There are several interesting projects. A video by Todd Raines demonstrates how he turns flags. He uses a neat method to make multiple, exact copies. There are several nice jigs that can be applied to just about any lathe operation. Another project is making a fishing reel, by Mike Darlow- What's great about this project is that when you follow the link, you end up at the Woodcraft site. From there you can gain access to many of the articles/projects previously published in the Woodcraft magazine. A general list of topics is shown on the left side of the web page. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/a-fishing-reel There is also an article on photographing projects. @Gerald created a super blog on photography, here on The Patriot Woodworker, and this article adds nicely to that. The article is written in Microsoft word (.doc) and is by John Lucas. http://nebula.wsimg.com/17b9a4c07da5b3c10dc5dfa5f30aa453?AccessKeyId=8E1EC0DC707F1FE36FCB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 The entire Woodturning OnLine newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe turning
  14. This is supposed to look like a rock wall or rocks in a bed of mortar. My wife says she likes it but doesn't think of rocks when she sees it. What do you see? what can I do to make it look more like a rock wall? Appreciate any and all thoughts, comments, or ideas. Oh yea, it's a work in progress. Actually, a try piece before I do this on a larger form. Honest opinions please. Steve
  15. I've been wanting to add some color to some of my turnings and posted a little about that earlier. At the time I was working on another decorative platter and have just put the sealer coat on it. Probably should've waited and taken better pictures but I wanted to share and got impatient. The platter is soft maple, turned to about 1/8" thick and about 12" diameter. My original thought for the center motif was to use water color paint. After several practice pieces I just wasn't getting the "pop" I was after and decided to use aniline dye. It is definitely a more robust color. The sky, the tree, the animals, and the bottom are pyrography. The underside I was excited about doing this piece there are several things I really like about it. Even so, I'm just not sure it "works". Steve
  16. Just finished another decorative platter. This one is 12" diameter and 1/8" thick. It is basically the same pattern as before but drawn a little differently and it shows a spline much better. This really is the effect I've been trying to get and I'm very happy with this one. The rose was drawn in Inscape and engraved with my little laser. The shading on the rose was done by hand and I've got a lot to learn about all that. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  17. To be honest I'm not sure whether to call this a plate, saucer, or maybe even a dish. At any rate I'm going to start at the beginning and show the first picture again. Basically just a series of triangles from this side. There is a pattern but it's not easy to make out. Just as an aside, my wife liked it this way very much. What I didn't show you was the pattern I had drawn on the other side. This picture is after all the piecing had been done. This is the underside of the bowl. This is the inside after piercing and having some of the pattern drawn in. I didn't feel I could lay out inside and out before doing the piercing so I did the outside, pierced, then drew the pattern to match the holes. It was a LOT more difficult than I thought it would be. Visualizing the pattern was difficult even though It's my pattern and I'm very familiar with it. Also, some of my cuts weren't exactly perpendicular to the surface and that changed things enough I had to fudge here and there to make it all work out(kind of). I have to say, it's amazing to me what a difference a few simple lines can make in how something looks. In this picture the pattern is drawn and burned in. I have begun to do the grain lines and shading. I keep telling myself I need to lose weight but I don't know how I would hold things to work on them if I did When looking at some of my other pieces some have remarked that I must have a lot of patience. I have to say, it's like therapy to me. Sitting on the patio, burning for a couple hours, and having 3 or 4 glasses of wine I'm very relaxed. Much like this post, I did eventually get it done, took me the better part of three days to see if my idea would work. All in all, I'm happy with how it turned out though there are lots of little issues on the inside. It was a great learning experience and the next one will be better. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  18. The boss asked me if I could make her an egg tea light in time for Easter. So, I took a break from the dippers and did this over the last few days. Overall I'm happy with it, the narrow end is a little fat but not to bad and she loves it so that's ok. It was my thought to put "He is risen" or just "Risen" on the back but just couldn't make it look right to me eye. It was also my original thought to stipple the "halos" but I'm so glad I waited as I like them the way they are. The egg itself is maple and the base is spalted beech. Thanks for looking!! Steve
  19. From the album: Basket Illusion

    Bottom view of "Diamondback" Native American basket Illusion. A unique feature that I first made for the first time is the braided foot.

    © copyright 2016, Bill Boehme

  20. Billy B

    Celebration Basket

    From the album: Basket Illusion

    This is my fourth basket illusion piece. The design is from the Navajo Wedding Basket design. The size is 14½" diameter and about 2¾" high. It was donated to my woodturning club for the 2016 Christmas Auction banquet and sold for $1600.

    © copyright 2016, Bill Boehme

  21. From the album: Basket Illusion

    This is number three in my series of Native American basket illusion turnings. It is a maple shallow bowl shape, 14½" diameter and 2¾" high, beaded and embellished with pyrography and coloring. It was donated to my woodturning club for our annual Christmas Banquet auction in 2015 and sold for $2700.

    © copyright 2016, Bill Boehme

  22. Billy B

    Basket Illusion #2

    From the album: Basket Illusion

    This is my second basket illusion piece. It is about 13" diameter.

    © copyright 2016, Bill Boehme

  23. From the album: Basket Illusion

    This is the bottom view of Celebration Basket.

    © copyright 2016, Bill Boehme

  24. Probably should've spent the day working on my demo but this was calling to me to finish it. I learned a lot on this one and hopefully the next one will be better. Sometimes my work really does look better in the dark Steve
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