Featured Artist: Ruth Niles, In Her Own Words

Featured Artist: Ruth Niles, In Her Own Words.  Ruth Niles explains her woodturning history and growth as an entrepreneur.


Full Name: Ruth Niles

Year of Birth: A long, long, long time ago!

Nationality: Polish / Ukrainian

Place of Birth: New Jersey

Where do you currently live? In the middle of beautiful Amish farmlands in central Pennsylvania.

What is, or was, your main job? I had a job in 1971 and 5 years later I knew I was meant to be an entrepreneur and started my first business.

What would be your dream job? Exactly what I’m doing but with a marketing assistant and my own IT guy!

Other than woodturning, do you have any other notable hobbies? I love to garden; vegetables and flowers.

Ruth Niles - SS Niles Bottlestoppers


Steelers.cap2apple.stopperAre you a professional turner, hobby turner or something else?
I guess I’m a professional turner only because I always had to support myself so whatever I did had to make money.  Professional in that I worked for contractors, furniture repairmen and antique dealers doing reproduction turnings.

When did you begin turning, and why? I got my first lathe in 1990, a Craftsman monotube.  I always liked working/playing with wood and I love all crafts so I wanted to give it a try.  I borrowed a book from the local library, opened it up on the lathe and started to turn. It was “Turning Projects” by Richard Raffan.  It was about 2 years before I saw another person turn on the lathe. 

Are you a member of a turning club and if so which one? I am a member of the Cumberland Valley Woodturners club in Chambersburg, PA.

Can you share contact details of the club (address, website etc) The club’s website is: www.cumberlandvalleywoodturners.com

Who (or what!) has had the greatest influence on your turning? I think I learned the most from books and my own trial and error.  Then over the years, attending club demonstrations and just talking turning with various people.  Woodturners love to share how they do things, the best tools and personal techniques.


Who is your favourite woodturner? That would be Richard Raffan and the reason being that I love to turn small, useful items and his earlier books were filled with small projects.

Do you have a favourite artist, in any medium, other than woodturning? That’s a difficult one to answer because I love art; from music to oil painting, from welding to stitchery and my “favourite artist” is whichever one I am reading about, watching work or attending an exhibit of their work. 

Do you have any formal training that helps your turning (e.g. Art, Design, Photography, Engineering etc)? I like to tell people “I don’t have a background” when they ask this question.  When I think I am interested in learning or doing anything, I read all I can about it and give it a try.  Not everything works but I am learning constantly.   I do often wish I had taken an art or design course at a community college; it might have saved me a lot of time experimenting and failing!

Do you have any other similar or allied skills? I am an excellent seamstress, even made a living at it.  I love to draw; gave myself a 30 day challenge to draw an eye that was as real as possible and did it.  I can turn any yard into a beautiful garden; I love playing in the dirt.  My 20 year old grandson says “If Grandma’s outside, there’s going to be a garden.”  I can sell, I am an entrepreneur, I started 4 different businesses over the years and each succeeded.  That’s the only skills I have. 

What is the most unusual thing that you have turned? A “sampler” hollow form.  I was going to give a demo at my woodturning club on various embellishments on turnings.  Rather than make 3 or 4 different items, I divided the hollow form and did a different enhancement in each section.  What was done with little artistic thought, rather “I’ll just put stuff on this to show the club members”, turned out to be (in my opinion) the best piece I ever did.

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What are your favourite pieces that you have turned? The piece I mentioned above; the sampler hollow form.

IMG_2943A “Fairy Forest” ornament.  I made it for a little girl who had a hard time going to sleep, she felt scared.  I told her the good fairies would go inside the ornament and stay with her all night.

My coffee scoops.  They are replicas of seed scoops that were used over 100 years ago.

What is your favourite ‘sphere’ of turning (e.g. Bowls, Platters, Boxes, Pens, Hollow forms etc)? Small boxes, individual salad bowls, rice bowls and bottle stoppers.

Are there any other woodturners (or artists / crafters etc) in your family? 
My granddaughter, Sarah, is very artistic and creative.

What has been your biggest disaster? Well, I haven’t had my “biggest” yet ….. not that I’m looking forward to that!  The only thing that comes to mind is when I demonstrate for a club, I always feel it’s a disaster because I am too nervous. 


Is your workshop a dedicated space or shared with other activities (i.e. a garage shared with a car, art studio etc)? I have a wonderful workshop, it is approximately 30’ x 30’ with big windows, double doors in the back and a nice audio system.  It’s a metal 3-bay building, 2 of my sons, my grandson and a friend divided it in half, insulated, wired and built my shop in one weekend …. for food and beer!

How many lathes do you own? Two lathes, a General 260 and a Jet Mini.

What is the make and model of your main lathe? That is the General 260.

Have you had any previous lathes? Just the one I started with, the Craftsman monotube that I do wish I had kept.

What is your ‘dream lathe’? I’m quite content with my General.  At the woodturning shows, I look at all the new lathes and they are beauties but the General and I get along nicely.

Other than your lathe, what is your favourite tool or machine? I like my Burnmaster for doing pyrography and my dremel for carving and making unique enhancements.

Is your workshop very tidy, a ‘work in progress’ or a disaster zone? If I’m really into working on a project, my workshop is a disaster zone.  When I’m done, I would like to say it becomes very tidy but a “work in progress” is a better description.


Do you have a public YouTube channel that you would like to promote? Well now, I would have to say Eddie Castelin, Tom Stratton, Allen Tyler and Carl Jacobson.  These all did demonstrations on turning bottle stoppers and using the Joyner off-set jig that I sell.  Each is great in their own way which I really like because we all turn projects a little differently.


Do you have any websites that you would like to promote? My website is: www.nilesbottlestoppers.com


What is your favourite drink and snack food whilst in the workshop? I don’t take food nor drinks in the workshop.  Not for any purposeful reason, I just don’t.


Coming up in future Featured Turner articles we have, amongst others, Sam Angelo (The Wyoming Woodturner) and the ‘Goblet Master’ himself Mike Waldt.


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Book Review: Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids – Bill Bowers

I hate to admit it, but this is one of two books in my collection that fail to impress me.  Both of these books are on the subject of thread chasing, something that fascinates me and keeps me endlessly entertained.  It is one of the most rewarding turning skills I have ever attempted to master and it may be because of this fascination that I blindly bought this book.  Don’t get me wrong, the book contains some great information and instruction on thread chasing and turning some fairly unique boxes, but the format is dire.  It reminds me of high school French lesson material.  The pages are filled with endless photographs, with just a short caption accompanying each one and little formatted text to tie the book together.  Of course if I had read the beginning of the book before purchase I would have seen that it is described as a ‘caption driven instructional text’….

But that’s not all.  The majority of the pieces are decorated with a Rose Engine Lathe.  Though it doesn’t mention this on the front cover, I enjoy to see Rose Engine work, but it leaves my pieces looking incomplete and lacking.  There is a decent sized chapter on Rose Engines within the book, but this just leaves me even further out in the cold!  The photographs in many turning books leave you agog at the beauty or complexity of the pieces.  But again, this is an ‘instructional text’ and the pictures are definitely more instructional than beautiful.

Containing 80 pages,  it is split into 7 chapters:

  1. Cylinder Boxes with Dyed Epoxy Threads
  2. Cubic Boxes with Threaded Pyramidal Lids
  3. Threaded Spherical Boxes on Pedestals Embellished with Rose Engine Ornamental Designs
  4. Threaded Rotating Ring Capsule Boxes with Rose Engine Lathe Decorations
  5. The Nuts and Bolts of Threaded Boxes
  6. Threaded Pierced-Through Boxes with Rose Engine Lathe Embellishments
  7. Gallery

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Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids by Bill Bowers

Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids by Bill Bowers

Book Review: Turned Boxes (50 Designs) – Chris Stot

Superficially this is a very simple book.  50 designs are presented with all the project details required to create the pieces yourself.  Following through the projects sequentially you will be introduced to more complex designs and more demanding tool work with each piece.  However as you progress through the book you should also find yourself examining form and detail in other work and starting to explore your own potential.  The first part of the book is dedicated to materials, tools and design inspirations.

Turned Boxes has 177 pages and is split into three parts:

Part 1: Technique and Inspiration

  1. A brief history of turned boxes
  2. A woodturner’s life
  3. Safety in the workshop
  4. Tools and machinery
  5. Timber and materials
  6. Deciding what to make
  7. Inspiration and where to find it
  8. Decorating boxes
  9. Finishes for boxes
  10. Displaying your work
  11. Common Faults

Part II: 50 Turned Boxes

  1. Simple box
  2. Chinese hat box
  3. Onion-top box
  4. Finial box
  5. Easy box
  6. Spherical box
  7. Vase box
  8. Beaded-lid box
  9. Zebrano box
  10. Yew box
  11. Elegant box
  12. Square-lidded box
  13. Pill box
  14. Teardrop box
  15. Ginger jar
  16. Collector’s box
  17. Mosque box
  18. Egg box
  19. Ball box
  20. Yew saucer
  21. Footed box
  22. Mushroom box
  23. Apple box
  24. Saturn box
  25. Japanese lantern box
  26. Pagoda box
  27. Bird-box ornament
  28. Bird box
  29. Finial egg box
  30. Tipsey boxes 1 and 2
  31. Trinket box
  32. Seattle tower box
  33. UFO box
  34. Galaxy box
  35. Clam box
  36. Skep or beehive box
  37. Inset-lid box
  38. Double-decker box
  39. Four-stack box
  40. Commissionaire box
  41. Top hat box
  42. Bowler hat box
  43. Jockey cap box
  44. Acorn box
  45. Picture-frame inset box
  46. Three-centre spire box
  47. Lattice-lidded box
  48. Doughnut box
  49. Off-centre oddity box
  50. Flask box

Part III: A Gallery of Turned Boxes

Showing work from: Allan Batty, Kip Christensen, Michael Hosaluk, Ray Key and Hans Joachim Weissflog


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(50) Turned Boxes by Chris Stott

(50) Turned Boxes by Chris Stott


Book Review: Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes

Like many other turners, design for me used to mean waiting to see what would happen with the piece of wood I had chosen to turn and then convincing myself that I had planned this all along.

My perspective on design started to change after enrolling on a University course on design principles.  Though based around product and packaging design the course encouraged me to start keeping a little book of sketches depicting shape and style that I found interesting.  Over time I started to ‘see’ the little idiosyncrasies of design within a multitude of forms.  Woodturning Design takes you on the same journey, but naturally with an emphasis on what can be done with turned materials.

Woodturning Design starts with a forward, which I quote here, by Mark Baker, currently the editor of Woodturning Magazine.

“Good design is fundamental to all that we make, but it is an area that is often perceived as difficult, esoteric or for the ‘art brigade’, so it is given a cursory glance until we hit a problem with what we are making.  It pays to spend a bit of time thinking about what we are going to make, how it is to look, the implications of its purpose and what impact changes will make to it.  One doesn’t have to a born artist to master some of the fundamental principles explained in this book, so don’t be put off of by the dreaded ‘design’ word.  A few simple steps following the guidelines shown and you will be well on the way to creating masterpieces of your own and having a lot more fun too.”

The book contains 175 pages and is split into 4 parts and 11 chapters:

Part One – Principles

  1. Design Elements
  2. Sketching
  3. Proportion
  4. Pattern

Part Two – Practice

  1. Open Forms
  2. Enclosed Forms
  3. The Foot
  4. The Rim

Part Three – Application

  1. Using Wood
  2. Using Decoration
  3. Using Colour

Part Four – Gallery


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Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes

Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes

Book Review: Ellsworth on Woodturning – David Ellsworth

The two biggest names in the world when it comes to woodturning have to be David Ellsworth and Richard Raffan.  They came from a time of pioneering in both woodturning skill and, certainly in David Ellsworth case, woodturning adventure.  Living from hand to mouth they touted their skills around the world on a demonstration circus as the new woodturning craze started to develop.  David Ellsworth was something of a pool hustler and tells tales of playing every night in order to fund his turning habit.

There is hardly a skill or technique Ellsworth doesn’t cover in this book, from making your own tools (as he did for most of his career) to harvesting and drying green wood, with Yoga thrown in for good measure.  Everything is covered here.  I treat this like a coffee table book.  I have read it many times but like it handy so that I can ‘dip into it’ for inspiration or practical advice when needed.  I love the mention of an old mexican proverb – “a man’s wealth is measured by the size of his wood pile”.  Perhaps I am a millionaire after all.

Containing a whopping 247 pages, this tome is split into 17 main chapters:

  1. Working with Green Wood and Dry Wood
  2. Managing Materials
  3. Why Turning Tools Work
  4. Making Tools and Tool Handles
  5. Sharpening
  6. Chucks, Glue Blocks and Faceplates
  7. Design
  8. The Body
  9. Turning an Open Bowl with a Cut Rim
  10. Turning an Open Bowl with a Natural Edge
  11. Turning the Exterior of a Hollow Form
  12. Turning the Interior of a Hollow Form
  13. Turning Spirit Forms
  14. Jam Chucks and Vacuum Chucks
  15. Sanding
  16. Finishing
  17. Drying Green Wood Vessels

Appendix – Teaching




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Ellsworth on Woodturning by David Ellsworth

Ellsworth on Woodturning by David Ellsworth

Book Review: Woodturning, A Foundation Course – Keith Rowley

First published in 1990, but reprinted and updated many times, this is the defacto bible on Woodturning, especially in Europe, but popular throughout the world. If there is only one book on your shelf, this is the one to have.  The latest version of the book has an accompanying DVD. I’m not sure if DVD’s had even been invented when I bought my copy!

The book covers almost every aspect of turning, but looked at from the aspect of a new turner.  From lathe choice, through tools and chucks to wood selection. From your first trip to the lathe to producing your first pieces, EVERYTHING is covered.  However, the most important information I took on board from the book, when I was a novice, was Keith Rowley’s six ‘Laws of Woodturning’ which I reproduce here.  In the book they are covered in greater detail.

  1. The speed of the lathe must be compatible with the size, weight and length of wood to be turned.
  2. The tool must be on the rest before the whirling timber is engaged, and must remain so whenever the tool is in contact with the wood.
  3. The bevel (grinding angle) of the cutting tools must rub the wood behind the cut.
  4. The only part of the tool that should be in contact with the wood is that part of the tool that is receiving direct support from the toolrest.
  5. Always cut ‘downhill’ or with the grain.
  6. Scrapers must be kept perfectly flat (in section) on the toolrest and presented in the ‘trailing mode’, i.e. with the tool handle higher than the tool edge.

These six simple laws should keep all turners safe and in control.  They certainly worked for me.

The book consists of 177 pages and is split into 11 main chapters:

  1. Trees and Wood
  2. The Woodturning Lathe and Accessories
  3. Tools of  the Trade
  4. On Sharpening
  5. Laws of Woodturning
  6. Turning Between Centres
  7. Faceplate Turning
  8. Copy-Turning
  9. Sanding and Finishing
  10. Boring and Routing on the Lathe
  11. Safety, Design, Courses…


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Book Review: Woodturning Wizardry – David Springett

Woodturning Wizardry is a book to blow your mind and stretch your imagination.  David Springett is the master of mind bending sculptural pieces, with spheres within spheres, impossible multifaceted spiky stars within square turnings atop beautiful thin stemmed goblets, fabulous lattice work and an incredible turned arrow passing through a glass bottle!

Many of the pieces in this book require a variety of special jigs and tools, but the creation of all these are covered in the book.  Fantastically detailed plans, descriptions and photographs accompany all the projects and pieces.

I have made a couple of jigs and tools but have yet to complete a piece that I would consider a keeper.  However I keep picking up this book time after time for inspiration and wouldn’t want to be without it.  One day I’ll get there!

The book is split into three parts and 19 chapters:

Part One Preparation

  1. Wood
  2. Making jigs and chucks
  3. Toolmaking
  4. Turning spheres
  5. Setting out the surface of a sphere

Part Two Projects

  1. Arrow through bottle
  2. Lattice circles
  3. Offset lattice lid
  4. Box with domed lattice lid
  5. Lattice Pomander
  6. Singapore Ball
  7. Spiked star in cube
  8. Spiked star in sphere
  9. Captive cube in sphere
  10. Lidded box in sphere
  11. Chinese balls
  12. Chinese rings
  13. Pierced sphere
  14. Interlocking spheres

Part Three Gallery


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Woodturning Wizardry by David Springett

Woodturning Wizardry by David Springett

Book Review: Woodturning Evolution – Nick Agar and David Springett

This book may confuse you.  If it doesn’t then it will likely change your view of turning hollow forms for ever!  The subtitle of the book is ‘Dynamic projects for you to make’. In ‘Woodturning Evolution’ Nick Agar and David Springett introduce a method of creating hollow forms and sculptural pieces form flat boards of wood.  If you are immediately thinking segmented turning then you need to think again!  The pieces on the front cover of the book have been formed by mounting two boards on a simple jig, turning a section away from the ‘interior’ of each board, then combining them into a ‘tube’.  The tube can then be sliced in various angles and rejoined to create totally new pieces.  Confused?  I was at first, I have to admit, however after understanding the process I now find this an absolutely inspiration method of creating sculptural forms that I have been experimenting with for some time.  I hope to have a series of pieces, created with this process, developed during 2016.

The book contains 176 pages in 7 chapters.  14 project pieces are covered in full detail:


  1. Foreward
  2. Introduction
  3. Suitable Woods
  4. Tools and Equipment
  5. Holding the Work
  6. Health and Safety
  7. Finding Inspiration


  1. The Wave
  2. ‘Chinese’ Vessel
  3. ‘Clarice Cliff’ Vessel
  4. Cockerel, Iguana and Kiwi
  5. Iguana
  6. Kiwi
  7. Snake
  8. Zebrano
  9. Elephant Vessel
  10. Deco Vessel
  11. Whisper
  12. Outside the Box
  13. Wall Plaque
  14. Horn


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Woodturning Evolution by Nick Agar and David Springett

Woodturning Evolution by Nick Agar and David Springett

On My Bookshelf…

Throughout June / July 2016 I am gradually adding a list of turning related books that adorn my shelves.  I try to give a short review and content details with each one.  If there is any specific details that you would like to know about a book or its contents, just ask!

Listed in no particular order, click the book covers below for full details:

Hilary Bowen - Woodturning Jewellery

Woodturning Jewellery by Hilary Bowen

Woodturning Evolution by Nick Agar and David Springett

Woodturning Evolution by Nick Agar and David Springett

The Art of Turned Bowls by Richard Raffan

The Art of Turned Bowls by Richard Raffan

Book: Mark Sanger - Turning Hollow Forms 1

Turning Hollow Forms by Mark Sanger








Woodturning Wizardry by David Springett

Woodturning Wizardry by David Springett

Keith Rowley - A foundation Course

Woodturning, A foundation Course by Keith Rowley

Ellsworth on Woodturning by David Ellsworth

Ellsworth on Woodturning by David Ellsworth

Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes

Woodturning Design by Derek Hayes









(50) Turned Boxes by Chris Stott

(50) Turned Boxes by Chris Stott

Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids by Bill Bowers

Turning Boxes with Threaded Lids by Bill Bowers

Turning Green Wood by Michael O'Donnell

Turning Green Wood by Michael O’Donnell

All Screwed Up! by John Berkeley

All Screwed Up! by John Berkeley


Book Review: Woodturning Jewellery – Hilary Bowen

A 150+ page book, packed full of jewellery ideas and methods.  Hilary Bowen is a British female turner, of most forms, with a special interest in jewellery.  The book is written for turners, by a turner, not from the view of pure jewellery design.  Her methods and ideas are practical and achievable by most turners, with something for all experience levels. Though I didn’t do it justice in the long run, my video Video #16 – Update and Make Your Own Laminated Blanks’ was based on a principal from this book.

The book is split into 3 parts and 17 chapters.  Part three has particular relevance to turners in general, not just jewellery creators.

Part One – Preliminaries

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Tools and Equipment
  3. Timber
  4. Chucking Techniques
  5. Design

Part Two – Projects

  1. Earrings
  2. Brooches
  3. Bangles
  4. Rings
  5. Necklaces

Part Three – Further Techniques and Refinements

  1. Stains and Dyes
  2. Inlay Wire
  3. Laminating
  4. Other Decorative Techniques
  5. Finishing Techniques
  6. Jewellery Findings
  7. Turning Alternative Materials


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Book Review: The Art of Turned Bowls – Richard Raffan


Possibly one of the best bowl turning books ever published.  Richard Raffan, a British turner now living in Australia, was one of a handful of turners from the 1960’s and 70’s that popularised the art and craft of turning around the world.

Split into 7 chapters, the book covers all aspects of bowl turning:

  1. Wood – What to Look For and Where to Find it
  2. Preparing Blanks – From Log to Lathe
  3. Form – The Good, The Bad and The Sublime
  4. Walls, Rims and Bases – Bowls That Feel as Good as They Look
  5. Green-Turned Bowls – Working with Warp
  6. Surface Decoration – Detailing , Coloring, Burning, Sandblasting
  7. Decorative Reshaping – Carved, Pierced, Hacked, Hewed and Joined

Chapters 4 and 6 are the winners for me.  There is wealth of information on every conceivable rim design and piece decoration and how that can ultimately dictate the overall design of the a bowl.

With 160 pages overall, the majority are packed with eye watering images to stretch your imagination.

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Book Review: Turning Hollow Forms – Mark Sanger

This is a wonderful introduction to turning hollow forms.  Though known for some quite modern pieces, here Mark Sanger introduces a range of timeless vessels with his own unique twist.  The text assumes basic turning ability but no prior knowledge of hollowing and walks you through from wood selection to finished piece. Seven project pieces are covered in greater detail with relevant designs, plans, dimensions, hollowing sequences and finishing notes which should provide you with the skills to handle any future hollow forms.  Chapter 2, ‘Wood’, is especially useful for it’s information on log selection and orientation to make the best use of your wood.

Though I was far from a novice hollower when I purchased the book I have found it invaluable and inspirational on many levels.  The book contains five main chapters:

  1. Health and Safety
  2. Wood
  3. Tools
  4. Form
  5. Projects



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Seed Pod Follow Up and Yorkshire Grit Give-Away

Following my Alien Seed Pod post and video, I have created a simplified version this week which uses a separate piece of wood for the tail.  This not only speeds up the process, but is also cleaner, easier and more achievable for most turners.  This was still only a prototype and proof of concept.  More work is required!


Pod 4 Relief CarvedI started by preparing a spalted Sycamore blank for the seed pod, with a tenon on both ends. After mounting in my chuck I drilled a 12mm / ½ inch recess to receive the tail section later.  After reversing the blank in the chuck I then proceeded to turn and hollow the seed pod shape, leaving a thicker rim for a little bit of carving.  On this pod I shaped the ‘leaves’ around the opening in relief unlike previous ones.

Next I cut a small section of board (in this case American Cherry) suitable for the tail section and mounted this in my chuck, end on.  I then turned a tenon to suit the recess in the pod, checking a couple of times to get a good fit.  I could have turned some of the waste board away at this point but it was easier to do this all in one on the bandsaw.  After removing the section from the Pod 4 Draw Tailchuck I drew my intended tail shape on one side and one edge, then cut the waste material away.

Moving to my pillar drill, I mounted a sanding bobbin in the chuck and proceeded to shape the tail, in all directions and dimensions, until I was happy with the result.  I hadn’t considered this method previously, but it was suggested by Alan Adler and turned out to be a most wonderful technique.  I then used regular woodworking glue (Titebond Original) to join the two pieces together and left this for a few hours to set.
Pod 4 Joined HalvesAfter joining the two halves I returned to the drill and cleaned up the joint between the two parts with the sanding bobbin.  I have only ever used the bobbins for light touch up jobs before this.  I now really appreciate the benefit of an oscillating spindle sander and will be looking to add one soon.  Following this I gave everything a hand sanding to 400 grit before texturing the tail with my pyrography machine.  I made sure that the burning came up above the joint between the two pieces to ensure that it was totally disguised.  I took the opportunity to experiment with textures again, though it isn’t too clear in the picture that the ‘scale’ effect gets smaller as it reaches the ‘hairy’ end of the tail.


Give-Away is now over, but Yorkshire Grit is available from http://yorkshire-grit.com

Yorkshire Grit Woodturners Abrasive Paste

Tin of Yorkshire GritThere has been plenty of discussion online recently about a new product on the market called Yorkshire Grit.  This is an abrasive paste produced by a chap local to me and is used to ‘wet sand’ a piece after sanding to 240 grit.  It is basically a blend of wax and grits that break down to finer and finer mesh sizes as it is worked over the surface of the piece, abrading to around 800 grit.  I have been lucky enough to ‘blag’ a tin of the product and I’d like to give it away to one of you.

Between now and 17th June 2016 simply watch the video above and sign-up for my FREE NEWSLETTER on this site and I’ll enter you in the draw.  Don’t worry if you have already subscribed and signed up, your name is already in the bag!  Hopefully the lucky winner will be drawn by Mike Waldt at the UK and Ireland Woodturning Symposium on 18th or 19th June 2016.  Unlike many other give-aways this isn’t country specific and will be shipped anywhere in the world.  There are only three rules:

  • Only one entry per person
  • No alternative is available
  • You have to be signed-up for the newsletter to be entered in the draw!


You can see more about the product in these videos:


Mike Waldt: Woodturning – Yorkshire Grit Review

Keith Barrow: Woodturning at 54a. #79 Trying out Yorkshire Grit abrasive paste