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Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby Sharif Adams » Fri Feb 24, 2012 12:11 am

A month or so ago I had a few like-minded bowl turnery people over to forge some new hook tools. Terence Mcsweeney, Tim from Nunhead cemetery and Roger from the Chiltern bodgers group, along with his two seven year old sons. Needless to say we left most of the hard work to the children!

We used my basic forge facilities and everyone left with some new hooks. Tim brought along a great box bellows which he'd made for me which I'm very chuffed with. It's always good to learn things from others and I picked up some nice ideas from Terence. I forged some quite small hooks; something I'd been meaning to do for ages and as a result I can now more easily turn smaller bits and bobs like these quaichs I made today. One of them will be a birthday gift for a friend. They're turned from fairly well-seasoned cherry. Once they're properly dry I'll give them the beeswax treatment. Robin Wood is obviously the inspiration for the quaiches; the bowl is from alder and based on a lovely sycamore bowl Terence turned in Ireland.

As I had the camera out I took the opportunity to snap the horses which often peer over the fence while I'm turning. I think they like the smell of cherry being turned, but that's just a theory :)

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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby bulldawg_65 » Fri Feb 24, 2012 4:55 am

Those quaiches and the bowl are beautiful! I'd love to be able to do that one day! :)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby SeanHellman » Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:26 pm

Really lovely, great form.
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby robin wood » Sat Feb 25, 2012 9:40 am

nice work, like the carving on the bowl.
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby Sharif Adams » Sun Feb 26, 2012 6:04 pm

Thanks folks :)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby jarrod stonedahl » Wed Feb 29, 2012 5:11 am

i like the longer handles with the sweep upward, nice work, but where's the photos of the hooks? :)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby DavidFisher » Sat Mar 03, 2012 4:37 am

Beautiful forms and nice photography too. You've got a good eye. Those bold handles would inspire a vigorous drink!
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby Baggy » Sat Mar 03, 2012 9:33 pm

Very nice work :-)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby Sharif Adams » Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:25 pm

Thanks very much for the kind comments. Jarrod; good idea, I'll endeavour to get a pic of the hooks up at some point. David; I like your idea of a vigorous drink and suspect that my friend will need little encourgement on his birthday...but just in case I have half a bottle of 15 year old Glenlivet which he gave me on my birthday last year. I'll have it close to hand when I hand him his present... :)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby SeanHellman » Mon Mar 26, 2012 7:34 pm

DavidFisher wrote:Those bold handles would inspire a vigorous drink!


Love it.
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby ToneWood » Mon May 28, 2012 10:28 pm

Amazing. If I attempted handles like that they would snap right off :D. Very crisp lines too. Love that mixture of surface texture & smooth bands. Was the outside carved and then a lathe used to create the smooth bands & inside? The decorative band of pyramid spikes on the big bowl is wonderfully OTT. Puts me in mind of some of the work on Jogge Sundqvist's website - although quite different too.

Nice workbench and decorative horses ;)
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Re: Birthday quaich for a friend

Postby Sharif Adams » Thu May 31, 2012 7:07 pm

Hi Tonewood, the quaichs are turned first then the handles tidied up with a knife. Any remaining wood along the band between the handles is tidied up too, resulting in the faceted texture in that area. It's that contrast between carved and turned finish that I liked so much when I first saw one.

Robin has a couple of vids on youtube...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oHVMHZ-U ... ature=plcp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfiI-IIe ... el&list=UL

...gives a better idea than words how it's done...
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