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3rd Sept – “Some Turning, Some Colouring and a few other bits” Part II.

16 September, 2018

56 members and 4 guests attended the September meeting which has become a club favourite on the calendar with a demonstration from our very own Adrian Smith, an experienced woodturner who brings to his demonstrations a light hearted approach that is filled with great humour and lots of very useful hints and tips. This years offering was to be a continuation of last years demonstration in which he ran out of time, so I now offer you “Some Colouring and a few other bits”.


Bob Hope standing in for Dave this month kicked off the meeting with a few announcements before introducing Adrian who immediately had us smiling by admitting that he had forgotten to bring a blank that he had prepared earlier, but not to worry he just produced another one which he now needed to quickly paint white, so out came his trusty tin of Zinsser Bin paint, which he opened with a Skew chisel stating that was probably it’s most useful application.


Some Colouring

Moving swiftly on to his first sample of decoration, he produced a couple of cans of spray car paint, and claiming that shaking the cans was hard work, passed the cans to members of the front row to shake them for him. He then produced a selection of  Virginia Creeper leaves (Sometimes called Boston Ivy which he laid out on newspaper and proceeded to spray them with a combination of Red and Green he then quickly applied the leaves to a pot already prepared with Zinsser, he then gave the whole bowl a light dusting over the leaves. Sadly the required effect wasn’t achieved due to the leaves being too limp and the paint not transferring as he had hoped.


Moving quickly on Adrian then produced another bowl this time painted black, and his set of Jo Sonja Acrylic paint tubes. He then dispensed a very small amount of iridescent Blue using the wrong end of a small paint brush dabbed small blobs around the bowl. He then produced a unique piece of kit a car tyre inflator which he powered with a battery charger (reducing 240 volts down to 12). Then attaching a football inflator adaptor to the compressor Adrian used the compressed air to spread the small blobs out into a petal type shape, he then added a further layer of iridescent Violet over them and again spread them out, this produced a very convincing flower effect. Adrian has been using this set of paints for some ten years so they do represent very good value (£3.99 per tube on EBay)


Adrian’s next show piece was a Vase of Flowers, or at least flowers in a pre-prepared vase. Starting with some Hazel branchwood in the chuck, he quickly removed the bark and rounded the wood with a round skew, then using a short length of wire as a drill bit, he bored a small hole in the core of the wood, and then proceeded to shave back layers of the wood to produce the flower heads much in the same way that many of us have produced Christmas Trees. This works pretty much with any soft centred wood. The finished flower heads were then lightly sprayed with red paint, building up to the required finish before parting off. Adrian then inserted green painted cocktail sticks into the base of the flowers to serve as a stalk. This process was then repeated a couple of times to give us the vase of flowers.

This took us up to the tea break, during which Alan and Harry held a critique of the novice gallery entries. After which John Holden was volunteered to carry out the critique of the other gallery items.


A few other Bits

Adrian returned to centre stage for the final session, this time he set up an Beech cube “corner to corner” between the chuck and a hollow ring centre in the tail stock. He turned a chucking point on the tail stock end before reversing the piece into the chuck and then hollowing out a three-pointed winged bowl. This process required a lot of stopping and starting to check the depth of bowl and the thickness of the wings, not a job for the faint hearted.


Adrian then reverted to the original white painted blank from the start of the evening, as this was a lot longer than he required so without explanation he proceeded to reduce by turning a snowman which when parted off left him with the required length of wood to turn jam chuck.  But yet again time ran out on us so the half-finished bowl was passed around the audience for inspection. The demonstration ended with the usual warm round of applause for one of our most popular members and demonstrators. Bob then thanked Adrian for “a most entertaining and informative evening, but mostly entertaining” before moving onto the raffle.


Andi Saunders


Editors Note:-


Jo Sonja’s® Artist Colours & Mediums

Jo Sonja’s Decorative Painting System was developed by Jim Cobb (Director of Chroma) and renowned folk artist, Jo Sonja Jansen.  Both artists wanted a colour system that would meet the needs of the serious artist, so with the up to date technology that Chroma had to offer, the brand of Jo Sonja’s was produced to have both versatility and longevity.  This flexibility enabled the decorative artist to create techniques from the past and develop new techniques for the future.  Introduced in 1985, the brand quickly found its place in the market.  Artists worldwide recognise its value and quality with Jo Sonja’s playing a major role in the decorative painting market, a position that Chroma will maintain with its ongoing commitment to innovative ideas and quality.


The Paint

Jo Sonja’s Artists Colours are flow formula acrylics that offer the look and feel of traditional gouache.  Being made from only the finest quality, pure pigments.  Colour layering within designs can easily be achieved as the colour dries within minutes and can easily be painted over without damage being done to the underlying layer.  It provides opacity of colour and dries to a velvet matte.  While other paint ranges target the craft audience, Jo Sonja’s colours offer a professional paint range for the more serious artist.  Jo Sonja’s Artists colours are two to three times stronger than the bottled craft colours as well as being permanent.  No special instructions are required as they have been created to be used with ease.


The Decorative Painting System

With the range of paints, also comes a range of mediums to allow unlimited techniques.  Acrylic mediums are invaluable if you wish to change the paint consistency or alter drying times.  Chroma has discovered ways of allowing the same set of colours to be applied on a variety of surfaces such as wood, metal, glass and textiles.  The same colours (with the use of the mediums) can be stencilled, stamped, crackled or used in a host of elaborate faux finishes.

The Website contains lots of useful hints & Tips


Also Repeated for those who missed (or forgot) last years report

Zinsser Bin is a Shellac-based primer, sealer and stain killer. Suitable for use on interior surfaces and spot priming of exterior surfaces. Offers excellent adhesion to glossy surfaces, including glass. Blocks stubborn and persistent stains including water stains, marker pens and more. Seals porous surfaces with excellent enamel holdout, even sealing bleeding knots and sap streaks. Permanently blocks every kind of odour. Touch-dry in 20 minutes. Recoatable in 45 minutes. Hard-dry in 1-3 days. Covers approx. 12.5m²/Ltr.


  • Excellent Adhesion to Glossy Surfaces
  • Blocks Stubborn & Persistent Stains
  • Seals Porous Surfaces
  • Permanently Blocks Odour

Andi Saunders

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