Working with wood and resin
Shane Hewitt was the presenter at this week's club night, talking about the many wonderful ways you can incorporate epoxy resin into your woodturned work.
He started off by showing a slideshow of various woodturned pieces he has created using resin, often poured into a channel running the circumference of a wooden bowl's rim. However there are many ways in which you can incorporate resin into a project, and it doesn't always need to be uniform or symmetrical. The sky is also the limit as far as resin inclusions go: seashells, buttons, bone, wood, dried leaves and flowers, nuts and bolts, embellishments, laser-cut shapes, etc. You also have boundless options for the background colour used to highlight the inclusions. Black and deep blue are often popular choices, but experimenting with different hues can have spectacular results.
Shane discussed the process of preparing woodturned items for resin pouring, and how to handle and use resin in order to achieve optimal results. A lot of great information was covered regarding the do's and don'ts, such as:
For the full 'how-to' on using resin on woodturned projects (including lathe demos of turning the resin channel, and subsequent 'levelling off' of the resin post-cure) keep your eye on our blog for the video footage.
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