Small homemade spruce shaving bowl

An hour on the lathe to get out of the way yielded a small spruce shaving bowl. Started with some leftover 2×4, finished with mineral oil and two coats of superglue finish.

It’s tested and working well for lathering. It’s admittedly a bit on the tiny side, but when you start with a 2×4 it’s a limit to how wide it can be without spending the time to glue up a blank.

A very different use for a razor blade

Alex Peter Idoko, of Nigeria, is using razor blades for a different reason than the rest of us… making hyperrealism pyrography. And it is STUNNING! He has a tremendous knack of bringing portraits to life by using a razor blade to chip away at burnt wood.

I stumbled over him on Twitter and was blown away by his art – click the image under to make it bigger.

A couple of links for those who wants to check out more of his work:
– https://www.instagram.com/alexpeter_idoko/
– https://twitter.com/Alexpeter_idoko

Experimenting with handle shapes part III – knotted

As discussed in part I and part II, I’ve been playing on the lathe and experimenting with shapes for shaving brush handles. This morning I testfitted a knot in them – the same knot as I use in my “Brush, Experimental, version Alpha” – and they do look quite different with a head of hair on top.
These are presented in the order I turned them. I find it hard to pick favourites – they all sit quite nice in my hand – so I’m unsure which one will be officially dubbed the “Bravo”, if any of these.

Any thoughts, Ladies and Gents?

Experimenting with handle shapes – part II

Two weeks ago I posted about me experimenting with handle shapes… and despite the last few weeks being busy, I’ve now used up the rest of my prepared blanks. It helps that turning a handle, sanding and finishing it with mineral oil and CA-glue only takes half an hour or so when working from a prepared blank.. and that includes time to sip coffee, thinking about the shapes, touching up the edge of my cutters and petting the friendly neighbourhood cat.

 The previously shown handles in the back, new one in front. 
 A bit of a closeup – click to make ’em bigger, as usual.
 Even something as pedestrian as Norwegian spruce construction lumber can give rise to some pretty interesting patterns around knots in the wood.
I also think the symmetry on this one turned out pretty good.

I still need to finish of the bases of these – I need to change the face plates of the chuck so I can mount the handles the other way – as well as a few bits and bobs… but what are your thoughts ladies and gents?