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post #1 of 15 Old 11-06-2010, 07:41 AM Thread Starter
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I took a class from Linda Suter at John C Campbell Folk school. I had a lot of fun. I got there late because I could not get off work but still managed to get 4 pieces done. One is an offcenter piece that I'm still working on. I thought I was done with it but got home and decided it needed more so I'll post that after I finish it.
The class was about design and using epoxy to enhance the turnings. The first one is Maple and Walnut with colored epoxy add a new detail.
The second one is Sliced up Banksia pods inlayed into a groove with black epoxy. The wood is Ambrosia Maple.
The third one is Yellow Poplar with a black epoxy with red chips in it. The blue textured area is torn up napkin pieces and paint. Dip your brush in the paint then pick up a napkin piece with the brush and apply it to the wood. This technique is how they may doll house scale Stucco.
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post #2 of 15 Old 11-06-2010, 09:42 AM
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Well done John you should do a tutorial.

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I am interested on how the whole epoxy inlay work is done?
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very beautiful platters john. this is a technique i would like to learn in the near future. thanks for sharing.

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Very nice work John,
I like them all but I think the first piece is my favorite.
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I used West System epoxy. Depending on the project I either mix it as is and add some colorant or I mix one of the West System thickeners in to make it less runny.
The colorants I use are either Acrylic paint, Oil paint, or shoe dye. Try a test with whatever you use because some things won't dissolve in the epoxy. Use the lest colorant you can to get what you need. Too much changes the characteristics of the epoxy and it may not harden properly.
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WOW looks like you pd close attention in class,that is beautifull work.

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Those are sharp as heck John. I just recently got some InLace to try to add some spice to my pieces. I may have to try epoxies because that InLace has a rather strong odor and takes overnight to set.

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Tim The Epoxy can take overnight to set if you use the slow hardener. The fast hardener still takes several hours but that depends a great deal on outside temperature. What I typically do with Inlace or epoxy is to do all my glue ups just before I leave the shop in the evening. That way the smell goes away and they have plenty of time to dry.
Epoxies vary in how clear they are. If you use the rapid hardener with West Systems the epoxy yellows. This isn't a big deal if you color it but if you want it clear it is. For really clear stuff us casting resins. You can do a search and find several brands.
If you want some cool stuff to put in your epoxy or Inlace go here and look up Inlace. He carries more additives than anywhere else.
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John, gorgeous work as usual. Those are some neat techniques you picked up. What was your impression of the school? I would love to take some classes there.

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I vote for a tutorial.... Pieces are truly magnificent.

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Outstanding!

I dream of taking classes at the John C. Campbell Folk School!
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The Folkschool is fun. It's a lot like summer camp for adults. You meet some interesting people. The food is good although I'm kind of a meat and potatoes guy and the food is probably more for the health conscious. Still I did enjoy it and the bread and deserts are always worth eating.
My only real complaint are the showers. I'm 5'6" and thin and the showers are just barely big enough. Even at my size you can't bend over to pick up the soap. If your larger than me it would be interesting.
It is very peaceful there and I always manage to meet some great people.
The turning studio is really good. All powermatic 3520's. Pretty decent dust collection. Excellent viewing of the Instructor, demonstator. I highly recommend it.
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I don't know what to say, other than WOW!!! I love contrasting woods and the thought of epoxy never crossed my mind. What a fantastic combination. Very nice job!!

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John,What great work you do!Simply beautiful.P.S. I used to work in a prison and when they dropped the soap they never just picked it up.They pushed it with their foot over to the wall,then up the wall till they could grab it.Just a hint just in case you drop it again.Itchy

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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