1. Decorative techniques
These workshops expand on the topics covered in the demonstration and provide an opportunity for the hands-on experience that is essential to learning. The goal of my workshops is NOT to produce a single finished work, but rather to explore and understand a range of techniques and for the participants to produce samples of each technique to be used later as reference materials.

The focus of these workshops is on the enhancement of the turned form off the lathe. The methods are explored using a variety of prepared materials. We discuss the proper preparation of turned work, as well as what forms are most amenable to decoration.

The complete range of decorative techniques will be explored using all of the tools and materials. Incised designs, pyrography, tinting and dyeing and all explored in depth.

Comprehensive handouts provide detail on both materials and techniques.

2. Metal Leaf and crackled acrylics
Not all forms provide a suitable starting point for decoration. In this workshop we will begin with a discussion of the design principles that produce the most pleasing results, and how the turned work should be prepared for decoration.

At the lathe, each participant will produce a platter, applying the design principles. I assume that everyone has basic lathe skills.

This workshop will explore the decorative processes using metal leaf (in a variety of forms), crackle medium, and acrylic colours. Each of these will be first applied to test pieces until satisfying results are achieved. Finally, the turned platter will be decorated.

Detailed handouts are provided as well.

3. Ebonising and metal mediums
This workshop is similar in form and structure to the metal leaf / crack / acrylic workshop, but focuses on a variety of techniques for ebonising various woods. Ebonised woods provide an excellent background for many of the decorative techniques.

In addition to techniques for ebonising, we will explore various metal application methods and finishing alternatives.

Handouts provided.

4. Use of pyrographic tools and dyes, making detailed designs
Some of my most interesting work makes use of colouring agents. These include both textile dyes and aniline dyes. Dyes penetrate the wood fibres and create a radiance that cannot be achieved with surface colouring.

In this workshop we will cover the principles of form and design and surface preparation. Each student will turn a platter that will be the canvas upon which they will render the decoration.

Extensive discussion of the alternative dyes will allow participants to avoid the years of experimentation that led to my current understanding. Few products are sold for dyeing wood; most are adapted from more common uses. As you might imagine, some are far more effective that others.

Because the dyes are transported along the wood fibres, it is necessary to cut the fibres to define the design. I do this using a pyrograph.

Students should bring a pyrograph and a suitable pen.

As with the earlier workshops, test pieces are used to master and refine the techniques, and then a design is transferred to the platter, incised with the pyrograph, and coloured with the dyes.

Handouts provided.

5. Dyeing surfaces, applying leaf metal
Colour can be used as an accent on pieces, or on large portions of the surface. In this workshop we begin by preparing a platter and then apply dye to the entire surface. Issues of surface preparation are discussed in detail. In addition to coloration, we explore the use of metal leaf as well, on both smooth and textured surfaces.


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