Steve Dell Woodturning

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Sycamore flames 30cm x 18cm V875Wych Elm 33cm x 18cm V794Mulberry 30cm x 18cm V774Plum 33cm x 18cm V803Spalted Beech doughnut bud vase 15cm x 5cm V810Wych Elm 43cm x 18cm V 764
This is from a tree in our own garden that died last year of the dreaded Dutch elm disease, some really wild and attractive grain.
Wych Elm  40cm x 18cm V796Mulberry 38cm x 18cm V775
To see how this vase was made go to the Log to Vase Page.Sycamore 23cm x 13cm V876Mulberry 28cm x 15cm  V745Wych Elm 36cm x 15cm V878Mulberry 30cm x 20cm V887Spalted Beech 30cm x 7.5cm V912

Sycamore teardrops 25cm x 15cm V913Sycamore with Walnut lid & base 40cm x 19cm V824Chestnut Burr with Sycamore lid V886Chestnut log with glass vass 35cm x 30cm V926Sycamore carved & painted 25cm x 18cm V888Wych Elm 25cm x 7.5cm  V889Olive Ash & Sycamore lid V923Holm Oak & Sycamore lid 18cm x 18cm V925Sycamore carved & pyrographed leaves 20cm x 15cm V930Spalted Beech & black Sycamore lid V922Wych Elm & Sycamore lid 30cm x 18cm V924
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Care of your Wooden Bowl or Vase
The care and handling of a wooden bowl or vase should be the same as that for all quality wooden furniture. Take some precaution as to the humidity in the air and avoid direct sunlight for extended periods. A dry environment can cause cracking so keep them away from woodstoves and radiators and try to avoid any drastic climate changes. Avoid the use of spray furniture polishes and other cleaning products.  The nice shine of the piece may also be dulled by contact with water. Once dulled, it cannot easily be returned to the shine it had when you first received it. As with all wooden furniture it may darken over time, though this may be reduced to some degree by keeping it out of direct sunlight. 
The finish used on most of the pieces I make is three coats of Danish oil, each of which is allowed to dry overnight and then buffed on high speed wheels using three different compounds (Tripoli, White Diamond and finally a microcrystalline wax). With the coloured pieces, either spirit stain or acrylic paints have been used followed by several coats of clear acrylic lacquer for durability. Both of these finishes should be cared for in the same way, if you do need to use a wax I would recommend the microcrystalline  of which I am aware of two brands, Renaissance and Chestnut, both of which are excellent and available from most good outlets. However, all that should be needed to maintain the finish is a light buff with a soft dry cloth.

Turning wood into art
Sycamore spiral & Walnut lid 28cm x 15cm V929