Apr 24

Learned something new

Recently I learned how to create my own custom acrylic blanks and this video shows me opening up the form used, cutting the blanks and a finished pen from my first custom acrylic pour.

 

 

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Feb 27

A Journey: Transforming a log – Part 1

A Maple log in the snow - Dailey Woodworking

A Maple log in the snow

I get asked a lot of questions about what I do with a log. It might be how do you know where to get the best bowl from a log or what are you going to make from that log. So I’ve decided to take you on a little journey and show you all the things that I usually make from a log and how I turn those pieces once I’ve decided what to make.

In the picture above is a Maple log that is a little over 6 feet long and about 23 inches in diameter. The log was delivered to me late last fall but I didn’t get to it right away and paid the price because I had to dig the log out of the snow which was about 30 inches deep at the time of the picture. Normally a log is 8 to 10 feet long when I receive them but I had already cut off a section of the log and started turning bowls from it before I took the picture.

Using a chainsaw, I’m going to cross-cut the log into 4 smaller pieces and then start to work on it from there but that will be in upcoming posts. For now I will leave you with a picture of 3 smaller bowls taken from a larger outside bowl.

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log - Dailey Woodworking

Cored out bowls from a section of the Maple log

 

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Jan 20

New bowls and stoppers

Over the last week or more I’ve been busy in the shop turning and then adding new bowls and bottle stoppers to the Dailey Woodworking site and in my Etsy store.  I’ve also been working on some new designs and products that I hope you will like but more on that in another post. Today I’m going to show some of the new pieces that I’ve added to the sites.

Click on any of the images for more information.

First I’ll show you some of the bowls. Personally, I think they are cool but you be the judge.

Bowls

 

Small curly maple bowl with beautiful grain lines - Dailey Woodworking

Small curly maple bowl with beautiful grain lines

 

10 1/4 inch curly maple bowl - Dailey Woodworking

10 1/4 inch curly maple bowl

 

12 inch curly maple salad bowl - Dailey Woodworking

12 inch curly maple salad bowl

 

Natural edge Birch bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Birch bowl

 

Natural edge Maple burl bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Maple burl bowl

 

Natural edge Walnut bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Natural edge Walnut bowl

 

Bottle Stoppers

 

Natural Edge York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper

York Gum Burl Bottle Stopper with natural edge

 

Round top with natural edge York Gum Burl Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Round top with natural edge York Gum Burl Stopper

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Jan 02

New natural edge bowl

New Natural Edge Curly Maple Wood Bowl, Candy Dish on Dailey Woodworking - Dailey Woodworking

New Natural Edge Curly Maple Wood Bowl, Candy Dish on Dailey Woodworking

 

I hope that everyone had a fine New Years eve and day. The bowl pictured above is the first new piece that I’ve added to my site in the new year.

The bowl was hand turned from Curly Maple and features a natural edge running all around the wooden bowl. The bowl is approximately 5 1/4 inches in diameter at the widest point.

This wooden bowl would be great as a small candy dish or for the person who likes to cook and has all of their dry ingredients out so that they can do a pinch of this or a pinch of that. The bowl could also be a ring dish or a place to store change.

However it’s used this Curly Maple bowl is going to look good doing it.

You can read more about the bowl here on Dailey Woodworking site or here in my Dailey Woodworking Etsy store.

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Jul 14

Day 21, 22 and 23 of my summer of turning

Dyed Purple Box Elder Burl Bottle Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Dyed Purple Box Elder Burl Bottle Stopper

Day 21

On day 21 of my summer of turning, I was making a few different styles of bottle stoppers. I made some t-handle stoppers and the one pictured that features a stainless steel stopper. The top was turned from dyed purple Box Elder Burl and hopefully, I turned it into a pleasing shape. You can see some white spots on different parts of the top. Those white spots are where the burl wood was too dense to accept the dye and remained the natural color of the Box Elder Burl.

If you would like to learn more about this purple Box Elder Burl bottle stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

 

Curly Maple Wooden Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Curly Maple Wooden Bowl

Day 22

On day 22 I wanted to turn something that I’ve wanted to do for a very long time. I turn a small Curly Maple bowl, I know, not a big surprise there, right? However what I did on the outside is where I did the something that I’ve wanted to do. Starting near the rim I turned one bead after another until I reached the bottom. I think it gives the outside of the bowl a very cool effect. I can see where this is going to lead to more experimentation with beads along the outside, bigger beads, smaller beads and various size beads and spacing.

If you would like to learn more about this Curly Maple bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

Beads On Outside of Curly Maple Bowl - Dailey Woodworking

Beads On Outside of Curly Maple Bowl

 

Brown, Natural and Green Laminated Wood Bottle Stopper - Dailey Woodworking

Brown, Natural and Green Bottle Stopper

Day 23

On day 23 I turned this laminated bottle stopper to ship out to Texas. The lamination colors are brown, white (natural) and green that repeat over and over. I think the shape lends itself to working with laminated stock and shows off the layers and different colors quite nicely.

If you would like to learn more about this laminated wood bottle stopper you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here.

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Jul 10

Day 20 and Apple Wood Bowl

8 1/4 x 2 Inch Apple Wood Bowl

8 1/4 x 2 Inch Apple Wood Bowl

Today’s turning

This bowl was turned from Apple wood. It’s been sitting in my shop waiting to be finished up for about 5 years. Can you say procrastination? The bowl is approximately 8 1/4 x 2 inches and has some very nice figure to it. The bowl does have a small crack in it which is very common with apple. The crack doesn’t hurt the structure of the bowl but it does mean that the bowl won’t hold liquid. Although the bowl would be great as a fruit bowl, popcorn bowl or candy dish.

If you would like to learn more about this Apple bowl you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here. We are in the process of building a new and improved website for Dailey Woodworking so I won’t be putting anything new on the site for about a month when I hope to début the new site.

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Jul 10

Day 19 Like a big pizza pie

Stainless Steel and Brass Five Color Pizza Cutter - Dailey Woodworking

Stainless Steel and Brass Five Color Pizza Cutter

That’s Amore

How many of you can remember Dino Crocetti’s song, That’s Amore? No? How many of you are saying who’s Dino Crocetti, that song was by Dean Martin? You would be right, Dino Crocetti changed his name to Dean Martin and became a star. How about the line from the song, “When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s Amore”? I believe that it’s from one of his movies but I can’t think of the name of it right now. I’m sure someone reading this will remember the name. Please let me know if you do. That song combines two of my all-time favorite things, pizza and movies.

Today’s turning

I’ll use that as a segway into introducing a wonderful pizza cutter. This isn’t exactly a new product for me. I’ve made them for a couple of years now but only selling them at some of the shows that I do. I introduced these two years ago at The Artisan Bread Fair and quickly sold out. This year’s Artisan Bread Fair is Saturday, July 30th from 9am to 3pm at the Skowhegan Fair Grounds in Skowhegan, Maine. Come by if you like many different varieties of fresh bread and pizza cooked in wood fired ovens. There is a lot more to this fair including artisan’s selling their handmade products.

So, back to the pizza cutter. This pizza cutter features a 4-inch stainless steel cutting wheel and a five color laminated wood handle that is about 6 inches long. The overall length of the entire cutter is just under 11 inches. The cutter is also safe to wash in your dishwasher.

If you would like to learn more about this pizza cutter you can visit my Dailey Woodworking store on Etsy by clicking here. We are in the process of building a new and improved website for Dailey Woodworking so I won’t be putting anything new on the site for about a month when I hope to début the new site.

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Stainless Steel and Brass Pizza Cutter - Dailey Woodworking

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Jul 08

Day 17 and 18 of my summer of turning

Platinum Yarmouth Pen made in Ringneck Pheasant Feathers - Dailey Woodworking

Platinum Yarmouth Pen made in Ringneck Pheasant Feathers

I’ve had to double up days again because both my wife and I have been sick lately. Unfortunately, I gave it to her and neither of us has felt like doing much of anything. However, I did promise you on Day 16 that I had another pen to show you and here it is.

This Yarmouth pen is quite spectacular especially when you consider all the colors that you see in it comes from feathers of a bird. Yup, the body of the pen is Ringneck Pheasant Feathers in a body of polyester resin. Don’t worry the Pheasants weren’t hurt to get their feathers and were gathered from farm raised birds making it legal to use and sell. It truly amazes me that the shapes and colors in a feather could be that spectacular.

Below is a picture of this pen and another made from Ringneck Pheasant feathers and the Paua Abalone Shell pen.

A trio of outstanding Yarmouth pens. - Dailey Woodworking

A trio of outstanding Yarmouth pens

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Jul 06

Introducing the Yarmouth and Day 16 of my summer

Platinum Yarmouth Twist Pen made in Paua Abalone Shell - Dailey Woodworking

Platinum with black titanium Yarmouth Twist Pen made in Paua Abalone Shell

Introducing the Yarmouth Twist Pen

Today I would like to introduce you to a new pen. Our new pen is the Yarmouth twist pen. This pen has a smooth operating twist mechanism and takes a Parker™ style refill. The pens will be available in platinum with black titanium accents or platinum with gold titanium accents.

The pen that you see pictured above is platinum with black titanium accents and the center section was turned from strips of Paua Abalone shell and polyester resin. The pictures can’t do this pen justice. The Paua Abalone shell is just magnificent and the depth of colors is truly outstanding.

Normally this is where I would tell you where to go to see more pictures and get more information but I don’t have this up on either site yet. That will have to wait until tomorrow. Not only that but I have another pen to show you tomorrow that will rival this one.  Stay tuned.

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Jul 05

My 5K and day 15 of my summer

8 Inch Walnut Haynes Pepper Grinder - Dailey Woodworking

8 Inch Walnut Haynes Pepper Grinder

 

My 5K yesterday

So yesterday I did my first 5K road race in over 30 years. Yup, it would be an understatement to say it’s been a few years since I last did a race. Let me also be right up front and say that I didn’t run the race, I walked. You might say that I’m a little out of shape although I frequently joke that round is a shape. Also, I’m a woodturner and for the most part, all of the shapes that I make are round. However, one of the goals that I have set for myself this year is to be less round than what I was when I started the year. To that end, since the start of the year I’ve lost 15 pounds and have had to move to the next hole on my belt. I have gained the ability to walk up flights of stairs without getting winded nearly as much. I’ll take that tradeoff.

So yesterday’s 5K was Friends on the 4th 5K in Winthrop, Maine. This was a very well organized race. Starting with check-ins, the race itself and the handing out of prizes afterward. The course was well laid out and there were people at every turn making it virtually impossible to go the wrong way. The spectators cheered everyone on, even the guy that was close to bringing up the rear. It was a very pleasant time had by the whole family. As I said before, I was close to one of the last people to finish, and that includes my own family. My goal was to do the whole thing and I did it in 58 minutes. I would like to say that I’m proud of our girls who ran the race (they both did quite well) and my wife who walked with me (she actually finished ahead of me). And to thank her cousins who came out and walked with us. There isn’t an official time for me because I was a walker and not one of the running participants. Next year. Now to start training to actually run a 5K in October.

Today’s turning

Today’s turning is an 8-inch Walnut Haynes pepper grinder. The Haynes shape came about one winter day, a few years back. I was outside breaking the ice and icicles off from the eaves of my house and I realized that a droplet of water would be a great shape. So if you turn the pepper grinder upside down you will see my version of a water droplet. Complete from the moment when the droplet is about to break free and becomes very elongated (everything below the head) to the moment when the droplet has just broken free (the actual head).

If you would like to learn more about this pepper grinder you can visit my Dailey Woodworking site by clicking here or on my Etsy store by clicking here.

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