This piece was made in collaboration with Dixie Biggs from Gainesville, Florida. It is the latest interpretation of the Ploc series. I turned and carved the shape of the drop using the lathe, gouges and rasps, and made the carton and carved it with the woodburner. Then the piece was sent to Dixie who created the recess in the drop and textured it with powertools to create the orange peel texture and the fruit in the recess. She also did all the painting on the drop and the carton using acrylic paints. This piece is still available if you are interested.
Materials : Maple, Acrylic paints
Height 3 3/4”
Width 2 3/4”
Length 4 1/2”
If you are interested to learn more about Dixie and her amazing work, go check out her website!
This piece from the Ploc! series is made out of basswood for the drop and ash for the miniature teapot. The teapot is turned, hollowed, sandblasted, dyed with Indian ink and gilding wax. The handle is made out of wire wrapped with a cotton string and dyed the same way. The drop is turned and turned in multi-axis, then carved using gouges and rasps, and textures using the woodburner. The color is given by drybrushing multiple layers of acrylic paints over an Indian ink first coat.
In this demonstration I will show you how to color the textures that I made in the previous demo: Texturing with the Woodburner to make them look real and as close as possible to the material we are trying to copy. I will use the dry brushing technique, with Indian ink and acrylic paints and show you the process of creating a gradient of colors. I will also show you how to use gilding wax and chroma gilt to create metallic effects and damascus texture. Those techniques can be applied on a lot of different textures, like on carved textures but also on sandblasted wood, wire brushed wood or burned wood. I will talk about the colors and how to decide which one to use or not and what the common mistakes are and how to avoid them, or correct them.
It will be an interactive remote demonstration, you will be able to comment and ask questions directly to me, or in the chat. It will be on November 5th, at 9am Mountain Time.
In this demonstration, I will show you how to use the woodburner as a carving tool, using a sharp blade to create different textures, patterns and designs. We will talk about the material, the wood and the different tips and pens. I am going to carve a steampunk design to show you the 3 main techniques that combined create the illusion of a different material. Then I will show you different textures, including but not limited to interlacing, stone wall, hammered metal, burned earth… and finally, I will show you how to make your own tips and sharpen them.
If you already attended my first demonstration on the woodburning, you can still register for this one, I will go further and show you more textures, leaving the coloring for a second demonstration on November 5th. This will allow me to give you more details, and show you some new textures I have been working on.
It will be an interactive remote demonstration, you will be able to comment and ask questions directly to me, or in the chat. It will be on October 27th, at 9am Mountain Time.
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!
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.
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 :
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 :
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.