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After seeing a beautiful bowl he had created that incorporated a synthetic honeycomb element embedded into the bottom of the bowl, I contacted him to see if he would be willing to create a similar resin bowl blank and send it to me so that I could turn it on my lathe, and he graciously agreed. In this article, I’ll share some highlights from the process, as well as a few tips for turning your own wood and resin bowl.
Everyone has the “resin river table fever” these days, and these projects are a beautiful sight to behold when they are properly built. To be sure that you produce a masterpiece, it will be important to follow some basic guidelines when you build your resin river table.
It seems that the woodworking community has fallen in love with casting resin. It provides a great way to incorporate new colors and textures into our woodworking and woodturning projects. If you’ve ever had the pleasure of turning a project using a casting resin blank, for example, you have no doubt enjoyed the endless stream of fluffy ribbons that are produced from this process.
Resin art has risen dramatically in popularity, due in part by the beauty of the ocean resin pour. If you have recently spent any time on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or other social media platforms it is likely that you have seen images of an ocean resin pour, made famous by Alaskan artist and WWGOA contributor Jess Crow. The appearance of different colors of flowing water, sea foam, and other accents is truly spectacular.
If you want to get off of the beaten path just a bit in your woodshop, one good way is to explore the possibilities of working with materials other than wood. You’ve seen George work with Antler, brass, and most recently, casting resin. Casting resin opens up worlds of new possibilities because you have the control over its color and pattern once you know how to cast resin. Casting resin is not difficult to work with once you understand the basics, and it’s an enjoyable and satisfying material.
Resin on wood is all the rage, and pouring resin over the edges of your project can achieve a beautiful look. This is an artistic look that has come onto the wood fashion scene in recent years, and is a top seller at craft shows, collectible shops, and online selling venues such as Etsy. Customers rave about the resin pour-over look, and it is a great technique to have in your arsenal as a woodworker.
If you’ve worked with resin you know that it can be tricky to get a mirror-smooth finish. You’ll see and feel all forms of imperfections including pits, bubbles, waves, and bumps. You’ve seen a smooth finish in resin, however, whether it was in an Instagram photo, video, or a piece that you saw at a local craft fair. So you know that it’s possible to achieve a smooth finish, but somehow it seems out of reach in your own shop.
Here’s one of the weirdest projects George ever did: he filled a mold with brass casings, poured epoxy over the top of them, let it cure and turned the whole thing into a bowl. The result; a bullet bowl. OK, they’re not bullets, but it makes for a cool name. You may never do an identical project, but you can get some good ideas from this video.
Working with wood as a medium is mostly a wonderful experience, but invariably you have to deal with some imperfections in the wood such as knots, cracks, dings, etc. Learning how to repair wood cracks and other imperfections can involve a bit of trial and error, and ultimately it is good to land on a technique or two that can help you make your projects look their best.
There are lots of ways to work with resin. It can be cast, used as a table top decoration or finish, poured as a skim coat to add a decorative element to your projects. Casting resin is easy and, thanks to what we’re about to show you, you can make your own resin molds in ANY shape you want.
Some of the most amazing pieces of wood are the ones that have “defects.” Defects could be spalting (mold), small checks, bark inclusions or, in this case, a huge hole. Sure, we could cut around those things and eliminate them, but I’m a huge fan of including this character in the final piece. I think it helps make my projects unique, and capitalizes on the natural beauty of wood. So, let’s look at filling knots with epoxy.
There are lots of things to like about bowl turning. It provides pretty fast gratification, offers lots of room for creativity, and requires tools that don’t take up too much space. In this video, we’re going to take bowl creativity one step further. With help from resin expert Jess Crow we’ll be adding a beautiful resin accent to the bowl bottom resulting in not just a bowl, but a wood bowl with resin.