North East Chapter – Irish Woodturners
delighted to welcome Christien van Bussel from the Gorey & District Guild for our April
Christien van Bussel
demonstrated a variety of techniques during the course of the afternoon: including the positioning of raised
beads on the inside and outside of bowls to create best visual effect, texturing with different texturing
tools, power carving using the Proxxon Carver, applying spirit based liming wax and gilding cream, and
applying colour with spirit stain.
project was a 9” Cherry bowl. Using a short bevel
bowl gouge – the bevel was blackened with a marker prior to sharpening. This technique was used as a visual
guide to ensure that the full bevel was addressed on the sharpening wheel. A recess was cut at the
base for reverse chucking. Inside this recess two small beads were cut around a central
button. The secret here is to size the divide between the two beads so as it will fit the
tailstock revolving ring when there is need to tidy up the outside of the bowl. The outside was shaped
using the short rubbing bevel of the bowl gouge which gives a clean cut, and as a feature, a neat bead was
positioned as if sitting on the outside curve of the bowl. The finishing cuts were taken
with the square scraper presented on it’s side taking light cuts with the grain, and ensuring that the cut
can be made in one uninterrupted cut, – not scraping. When using a Woodoc
finish allow the 1st coat to dry for one day before rubbing down with steel wool. Apply a
2nd coat and again
dry for another day, and then buff with a tissue. Its now ready for
reverse chucking. Cut and shape the rim using a spindle gouge cutting an inward sloping angle on the
edge. As the rim is very thin – finish the rim and bead before progressing with the rest of
the bowl. Cut a fine bead 2” from the centre of the bottom, and leave a small button
n the centre of
the bottom. Flatten the area between the button and the bead, leaving it ready for
carving. Remove the chuck with bowl and hold chuck in vice, and draw in design to be
carved. Then follow the lined drawing with the Proxxon Carver.
Christien's - finished piece
Christien van Bussel - Display.
project incorporated texturing techniques and how to apply spirit stain. The framing of the
coloured area was achieved with the point tool. The correct method for
using the point tool is to present the tool with the flat side up at 90 degrees with the handle slightly above
centre. Finally spirit based liming wax was rubbed into all areas of the bowl and the surplus wax was
wiped off with a tissue while the bowl was spinning.
The concluding project was a 1.5” brooch in African Blackwood. This was textured with two
different texturing tools and finished with gold gilding cream to give a stunning result.
The brooch was parted off with the parting tool presented at 35 degrees
on a lowered tool rest.
Christien'sTextured Brooch - African
Thanks Chrishien for an excellent presentation.
for critique included:
2 Piece Bowl -
Sycamore Spalted Beech - Bob Dier
Shoe Horn - Mahogany - Bob Dier
Cheese Board - Ash Crotch - Noel Byrne
Car - Poplar Red Cedar Pine - Pat Hannigan
Jewellery - Richard Coyle
Mahogant framed Photo - Cecil Barron
Hollow Form - Spalted Beech Mahogany -
Parana Pine Bun Stand - Imelda Connolly
Selection of pens Various timbers - James Halligan
Spalted Beech Lidded Bowl - Peter Donagh