Surface decoration allows the turner to start with the most mundane of woods and produce a quite spectacular result. In my native Denmark, most of the available hardwoods are pale and lack interesting colouring and grain patterns. Perhaps it was this lack of intrinsic interest in the grain patterns of our native woods that led me to explore the possibilities of decoration. Whatever the source of my initial interest, I have found the approach to offer endless possibilities.

There is a practical reason to master the techniques of surface decoration that goes beyond the aesthetic and creative appeal. I began my professional career doing conventional turning: bowl, platters, vases, and vessels. As soon as I added decoration, my exhibits were sold out!

My standard demonstration take 1 ½ - 2 hours and cover a particular aspect of my work in sufficient depth to allow the participants to understand both the principles and the techniques. Longer demonstrations can be arranged to suit the needs of particular groups


Decorative Techniques Using Color

My processes are quite different from painting on the surface. Natural and synthetic dyes are used on prepared wood. Prior to dyeing, the design must be burned or etched into the wood to prevent the dyes from bleeding through the wood fibres. This demo covers wood preparation, pattern transfer, pyrography and etching, ebonising and bleaching, dyeing, crackling, and finishing decorated wood.
A comprehensive set of handout provide reference materials for participants/

    Decorative Techniques Using Metal Leaf and other Metal Mediums

Metal leaf provides a rich and varied range of possibilities for decorating turned objects. Choices for leaf materials include gold, silver, copper, as well as variegated foils. The process of applying metal leaf to wood is both ancient, and quite straightforward.

This demonstration presents both the technique as well as some of the artistic potential for this medium. It includes a detailed presentation of wood preparation (the secret to success), as well as both the application of metal leaf and alternative surface treatment such as metal waxes and powders and finishing options.

A detailed materials list is provided.
    Epoxy provides unlimited creative possibilities for enhancing turned objects. Because of its structural properties, it can be used to augment the initial form. It can be coloured and shaped, extending the range of design alternatives available to the artist.

This demonstration will cover both the practical and creative aspects of epoxy, including a review of material preparation, colouring agents and procedures, and approaches to establishing the initial epoxy form, refining its shaping, and finishing.

A complete project using epoxy to form a rim on a simple turning will demonstrate all aspects of the process.

A comprehensive handout is provided

Hooked Tool
    End grain turning has always posed particular challenges. Standard bowl and spindle scraper and gouges offer imperfect solutions. The hook tool enables turners to control the edge presentation and achieve far better end-grain results than with any other tool design.

This demonstration covers the design, construction, and use of hook tools. Two different tool design will be shown: one for end grain turning, the other for side grain work.

Several commercial sources offer hook tools. We will discuss how to make your own as well.



Contact me at or phone +45 23375783