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Woodturners Worldwide online symposium

I am so proud and so excited to announce the opening of the Woodturners Worlwide online symposium! The early bird special will be up until August 7th and if you use the code “Laurent”, you will get $10 off! I will be doing two demonstrations, the first one will be the miniature teapot, how to turn, hollow, texture and color it with gilding wax to create the damascus texture. My second demo will be an introduction to using the woodburner as a carving tool, creating a steampunk design, hammered metal, and other textures. The rest of the cast is amazing and I am so pleased to be in such a great company of woodturners and artists!

Plouf! #2

The Plouf! are a series of pieces inspired by the Ploc! They are inspired by Alice in wonderland and Aladin. The first Ploc! were made for an exhibition of the POP (professional outreach program) on the theme ‘classical form revisited ». I decided to revisit the teapot, keeping a classical shape but changing the scale, making them much smaller and have the drop of tea as a base, coming out of the spout. The first Ploufs werecreated with a teapot the size of a traditionnal Chineese teapot for 1 person (2″ in diameter) and the drop enlarged as well. The second Ploufs! had miniature teapots stacked like a teatree, making them more whimsical. The teapots are made out of ash, sandblasted, dyed with Indian ink and gilding wax. The handles are made out of wires wrapped with a coton string. The drops are made out of several woods like cypress or wild cherry, and with different finish, natural, burnt, painted with acrylics or gilded with a gilding wax.

Dimensions :

  • Height 9”
  • Length 7”
  • Diameter of the drop 4 5/16″
  • Diameter of the teapots roughly 1″

The Ploc! Interactive Remote demo

I have been asked recently by Trent Bosch to do demonstrations remotly from my workshop in France, adapting our work to the current situation. Since the beginning of this crisis, I did several demonstrations for his website (virtual woodturning demos) and also for local clubs in America. I have refined the equipments and found a good balance between easy to use and pleasant to watch. This demo will be live on August 4th at 9am Mountain time and it will be on the making of a drop, it will be a demo on its own, but if you are interested, it can be linked with the teapot demonstration on July 21st. Combining those two demonstrations will show you how to make one of my signature piece, the Ploc! If you cannot attend one of the demos, you can check them out later in the archived demonstrations section of the virtual woodturning demos website.

In this demonstration, I will show you how to turn and turn off-center a drop using a spindle gouge and a skew. Then I will be carving the top of the drop using gouges and rasps to make it thinner and have two different curves on the back and the front giving it an illusion of movement. And finally, I will be texturing the drop using a woodburner to create a Steampunk design, a combination of gears and metal plates, and coloring using Indian ink and gilding wax.

For more informations and to register, go check out Virtual Woodturning Demos website :

To check out the articles related to the teapots and the Ploc!s, click here :

The teapots interactive remote demo

I have been asked recently by Trent Bosch to do demonstrations remotly from my workshop in France, adapting our work to the current situation. Since the beginning of this crisis, I did several demonstrations for his website (virtual woodturning demos) and also for local clubs in America. I have refined the equipments and found a good balance between easy to use and pleasant to watch. This demo will be live on July 21st at 9am Mountain time and it will be on the making of a miniature teapot, it will be a demo on its own, but if you are interested, it will be followed by another demo on August 4th, showing you how to make a drop. Combining those two demonstrations will show you how to make one of my signature piece, the Ploc! If you cannot attend one of the demos, you can check them out later in the archived demonstrations section of the virtual woodturning demos website.

In this demonstration I will be turning a miniature teapot (approximately an inch) using the bedan and showing how to use it with the bevel up for spindle turning, I will hollow the teapot with homemade hollowing tools (allen wrenches). Then I will turn the lid and the spout (magnifiers not included) and color the teapot using Indian ink and gilding wax to create the damascus steel effect. Finally, I will show you how the make the handle using a wire and a cotton string on the lathe. These teapots are a really fun project, not too complicated and not requiring too much wood so you can easily make several attempts if it doesn’t work on the first try. You can display them alone, stacked as a Tea-Tree, or on a drop.

For more informations and to register, go check out Virtual Woodturning Demos website :

To check out the articles related to the teapots and the Ploc!s, click here :

Cocoon

This piece is a collaboration with Kailee Bosch from Fort Collins, Colorado. We made this piece for the auction held by the American Association of Woodturning and the POP (professional outreach program) every year at the international symposium. Unfortunately due to the current circumstances, the symposium will be online, but tha AAW worked really hard to maintain this auction, it will be an online event on July 11th 2020 at 7:30pm EDT, you can click on the link to check it out!

Cocoon,
2020 Maple, bronze, Indian ink, acrylic
4 x 2.5 x 2.25″ | 10.16 x 6.35 x 5.7 cm

“Nature/nurture was for us a question of balance. With this piece we wanted to create a steady exterior that is protecting and guiding a more fragile interior. However this shell is not blocking its growth but providing it a space to develop in a safe environment.”

About Kailee:
Kailee is an artist based in Fort Collins, Colorado. She just graduated as a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Sculpture from Colorado State University. Her practice originated from her father’s shop and growing up around woodturning. She is currently interested in using the lathe as a tool to turn paper as well as wood, both functionally and sculpturally.

Go check out her amazing work on her website :

And follow her on instagram @kailee_bosch_art

Lagoon

This piece is the first of a series of monumental Rifts. It was carved out of half a log of Poplar, with a chainsaw to give it it’s shape and rough out the volume, then with an Arbortech to create the waves (carving tool mounted on an angle grinder). It was carved with carving gouges y hand to create the ripples of the ray of light underwater, and to clean what the powertool created, give it more depth and more relief. It was then burnt, brushed, dyed with Indian ink and painted with the dry brush technique, using acrylic paints.

Dimensions :

  • Height 38 19/32”
  • Width 16 29/32”
  • Thickness 9”

Interactive remote demo, The French Tools!

Topic: French Tools – The bedan, spindle gouge, roughing gouge, skew, etc.

Date: June 19th, 2020 – 9 to 11 am Mountain Time

Register here: https://virtualwoodturningdemos.com/product/french-tools-the-bedan-spindle-gouge-roughing-gouge-skew-etc-with-laurent-niclot-june-19th-9-am/

Overview: Personal remote demos allow you to learn from the comfort of your own shop or home. The demonstrator takes you through the process of learning new techniques step by step. Each session has a specific topic, and dates to let you choose what you are interested in. Each session is open to anybody, all you need to do is register, in this small group setting you are able to ask questions and interact with the demonstrator and the group.

Specific Details: In this demonstration I will show you different techniques using different tools that are part of the traditional French woodturning. I will start with the roughing gouge, explaining the advantages of this gouge over a bowl gouge and when you should or should not use it. I will follow with using the bedan as a very effective parting tool, then I will show you how to use it for shaping and why it is the best tools for spindle turning and traditional turning. I will also show you how to use the skew to make longer shapes like on a table leg, and explain why it makes the best and cleanest surface. I will also demonstrate how to use the spindle gouge both for spindle turning and for hollowing end-grain. I will use it for sheer scraping and I will show you the upper cut to make a shaving and rough out a hollowing extremely fast and effortlessly. This demonstration will be focused on technique and safety, I will only show you exercises so you can have the best understanding of the movement of the tools and of the body to use them as efficiently as you can

I hope you can join us, it is limited to the first 100 participants to register.

I look forward to seeing you!

Plouf!

The Plouf! are a series of pieces inspired by the Ploc! They are inspired by Alice in wonderland and Aladin. The first Ploc! were made for an exhibition of the POP (professional outreach program) on the theme ‘classical form revisited ». I decided to revisit the teapot, keeping a classical shape but changing the scale, making them much smaller and have the drop of tea as a base, coming out of the spout. The Ploufs are bigger, the teapot is the size of a traditionnal Chineese teapot for 1 person (2″ in diameter) and the drop enlarged as well. The teapots are made out of ash, sandblasted, dyed with Indian ink and gilding wax. The handles are made out of copper wires twisted and oxydized. The drops are made out of several woods like cypress or wild cherry, and with different finish, natural, burnt, painted with acrylics or gilded with a gilding wax.

Dimensions :

  • Height 9”
  • Length 7”
  • Diameter of the drop 4 5/16″
  • Diameter of the teapot 2″

Splendissante

This manta ray was turned on the lathe with the Therming technique, technique that is used to turn 4 sided pieces or to turn barrels. This piece is made out of cork oak, it was sandblasted, dyed with Indian ink and gilding wax. The stinger was forged and then bend cold on the anvil.