2019 Demonstrations

Ted Sokolowski demonstrating at Lehigh Valley Woodturners Feb 2019
Finishing Demonstration at Lehigh Valley Woodturners
Lehigh Valley Woodturners
Tuesday, February 26th 2019 7:00 PM at the Woodcraft store in Allentown, PA

Topic: Brilliant Finishes
Key Point covered:
-What creates a high gloss finish?
-How to prepare the surface for a finish.
-How to apply the final finish.
-How to easily find blemishes for repair.
-Repair tricks.

Featured finishes: Friction polish and CA glue finish.

What you will learn:
This class is intended for beginners who struggle with a fine finish. I will demonstrate how and why to use the finesse scrapers to create a ripple free foundation. A great finish is not found in a can but in preparing a solid foundation so that any finish used will be spectacular. I will cover in detail how to prepare this surface, filling and repairing surface blemishes as they appear.
Sanding techniques don’t need to be labor intensive, I will work through the grits in a sensible manner and show what to look for to create a surface that begs to be touched. The final finish is just icing on the cake!

Why should you attend?
Nothing says professional or amateur like your finish. If you’re struggling with this final step, this class is for you. Any technique in finishing is worthless if the details are kept a secret. All will be revealed, explained in detail and fully illustrated. I will be finishing small projects on the lathe.

Totally Turning
Saturday & Sunday, March 30 & 31, 2019 at the Saratoga Springs City Center, NY

Topic 1: Brilliant Finishes
Key Point covered:
-What creates a high gloss finish?
-How to prepare the surface for a finish.
-How to apply the final finish.
-How to easily find blemishes for repair.
-Repair tricks.

Featured finishes: Friction polish and CA glue finish.

What you will learn:
This class is intended for beginners who struggle with a fine finish. I will demonstrate how and why to use the finesse scrapers to create a ripple free foundation. A great finish is not found in a can but in preparing a solid foundation so that any finish used will be spectacular. I will cover in detail how to prepare this surface, filling and repairing surface blemishes as they appear.
Sanding techniques don’t need to be labor intensive, I will work through the grits in a sensible manner and show what to look for to create a surface that begs to be touched. The final finish is just icing on the cake!

Why should you attend?
Nothing says professional or amateur like your finish. If you’re struggling with this final step, this class is for you. Any technique in finishing is worthless if the details are kept a secret. All will be revealed, explained in detail and fully illustrated. I will be finishing small projects on the lathe.

Topic 2: Metal Inlay Techniques
Key Point covered:
-How to prepare the surface for embellishment.
-What is the correct mesh size to use for different metal powders?
-Why is it so important to know about the CPS of super glues?
-How to disguise cracks and create curves with movement and depth.
-Carving techniques with a rotary carving tool and details on how to control the cut.
-Inlaying the metal and removing the excess with turning tools.

What attendees will learn:
Attendees will learn how to successfully inlay metal powder. I will focus on how to disguise cracks or voids in wood and how to create visual interest by carving pleasing designs.

Why should you attend?
We have all worked with wood and at some point have discovered blemishes that detract from the piece. Now you have the option of embellishing that distraction and creating a pleasing focal point through metal inlay. I will be inlaying a spindle oriented project with surface checks and / or voids.

Topic 3: Basic Metal Spinning Techniques
Key points covered:
How to set up any wood turning lathe (even a Jet Mini Lathe) for Metal spinning
How to make your own metal spinning tools, mandrels and follower blocks
How to metal spin aluminum and pewter blanks into candle cups and bases

What you will learn:
Attendees will learn the basics of metal spinning and how to embellish woodturning with metal accents.

Why should you attend?
Metal spinning on a lathe has been around for centuries. If you like the combination of metal and wood, adding metal spinning to your repertoire of skills at the lathe will give you a creative edge by opening up unique design opportunities. Commercially available hardware is limited, but with metal spinning you can create signature wood/metal pieces. I will be spinning pewter candle cups and bases during the demo.

Turners Anonymous, Inc.
Saturday, Sunday & Monday, April 27 – 29 2019 Contemporary Craft, Pittsburg, PA
Topics:
Brilliant Finishes
Metal Inlay
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