The Australian Woodturning Exhibition was run on the 13th to 15th of June 2014 at the Waratah room of the Nunawading Civic Centre.
There were a large number of entries across all four sections, from all Eastern States with an excellent range of exhibits within each category.
The best of show was awarded to the Emperors Carriage (pictured).
In the Open section featured items ranging in size from the miniatures (fitting into a 50mm cube) to those of a replica of the Eiffel tower approx. 900mm high.
There was a variety and innovation in the use of materials, accentuating the timbers properties be it structure or strength.
This years show will be run 5-7th June, 2015 again being held at the Nunawading Civic Centre. We are pleased to announce the introduction of a new category – Ornamental or Complex Turning. Ornamental turning differs from traditional or plain turning insofar as it primarily involves the decoration or surface embellishment of objects that may first have been turned by traditional means. One of the key differences between plain and ornamental turning is that in the latter the tool rotates instead of the work. In ornamental turning tools may be profiled in a variety of ways, and move in any direction while cutting. Although the work itself remains stationary in most cases, sometimes both the tool and the work may move in a synchronized fashion. The variety of decorations and surface shapes that result is infinite so the skill of the ornamental turner in part lies in the ability to produce designs which are artistic and consistent with the object being embellished.
The embellishment normally consists of a series of cuts, incisions or holes made at regular intervals around the work. The cuts are all mechanically controlled using an ornamental lathe, a Rose Engine lathe or CNC lathe. The cuts or incisions must remain as they leave the tool as any attempt to improve their finish will detract from the crispness of the cuts. For this reason the wood typically used in ornamental turning tends to be the hardest wood such as African blackwood, boxwood or gidgee. It should be noted that works which have been created featuring freehand texturing which is commonly undertaken using hand tools such as the Robert Sorby Spiralling & Texturing tool or a Dremel are not classified as ornamental turning for the purpose of The Australian Woodturning Exhibition.
Ornamental turning was particularly popular during the Victorian era. Although its popularity fell during the early part of the 20th century there has been renewed interest in this ancient craft in recent times. The following images illustrate the nature of Ornamental Turning as practiced by Bill Ooms of Prescott, Arizona who has kindly given permission to reproduce his photographs.
In Photo 1, Black Egg – which uses African Blackwood, Maple and Bloodwood the interior of the egg has a thin layer of Maple covered with a thin layer of Bloodwood. The thin layers were pierced through with the ornamental lathe to create a delicate pattern within.
Finally, in Photo 3 – Goblets – Bill has used: Pink Ivory & African Blackwood, Boxwood & African Blackwood and Cocobolo & Holly to produce a series of goblets made from different woods. The stems have a spiral pattern that pierces through an outer layer of wood to reveal a different coloured wood on the inner core.
Thanks to our contributor Peter Oppenheim for providing the information and write up on the Ornamental Turning.
All exhibition photos courtesy of Eastern Suburbs Photographic Society.