Jane B (knally) wrote,
Jane B
knally

Ornamental Turning

I was taking some photographs yesterday for the Etsy shop and decided to also photograph my collection of Ornamental Turned boxes. I'm very keen on wooden objects since they're so tactile and the grain of the wood can be very attractive, and I have several turned pieces of wood.
But my real soft spot is for these boxes created by the technique of ornamental turning.


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These take a lot more work than the simpler turned items, and require special machinery which is difficult to get nowadays, so Victorian machines are often used. In the case of those that look like cogs laid on top of each other, the first row is made, and then the machine has to be reset so the next row is a little further along, and so on, which means they take a lot longer to create.

All of my pieces are made by Ken Gilbert of the Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen and he uses native and exotic woods. The last one I bought, which is the tall one on the left side of the display, is bigger than I usually get, but it's made of camphor laurel and there's a refreshing smell every time I open it. I buy them at the Malvern Spring Show (and sometimes the Autumn Show) where he regularly displays.

Go here to see individual pictures of all of my turned boxes, and admire these beautiful objects.
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