Tuesday, October 28, 2008

The magic hidden in a wood turning

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One of our business is primarily focused in wood oriented products so when it comes to woodworking oriented products, I do know a little bit about the creation process and quality. As such, I am very pleased to review today’s store. Treecycle creations focus primarily on woodturning. For those that are unfamiliar with the term, it is a general term used by those who create items on a wood turning lathe. I might as well admit that turning is one of my favorite woodworking activities but I don’t get to do it anywhere as much as I would like to.

I believe it is important that in order for some one to have a real appreciation for turned items, they need to have some basic understanding of what is involved in the creation of turned items. Creating a turned piece is much more involved than just slapping a piece of wood on a lathe and going to it. The understanding of the turning process is of course a basic necessity but beyond that, the turner needs to have an understanding of the wood they are working with also. How it will react and respond to the turning process. Knowing which woods work best and also look good are also elements that have to be understood. There are a lot of other aspects, many of the intangible, that the turner must master also in order to create beautiful works.

Andy, the owner of Treecycle knows his craft. I give you this piece from his store announcement to underscore those intangible elements I was referring to earlier, “Although sometimes i have an idea of what i want to create, maybe halfway through, the grain pattern emerges and then this dictates which way to go, fantastic medium to work with!”. These skills only come about after many hours spent behind a lathe. Although almost anyone can learn the mechanics of wood turning, the ability to create beautiful pieces requires imagination, understanding and probably most of all a real appreciation of wood itself.

Working with wood, is working with something living. Each and every piece of wood has its own special characteristics and each piece has hidden within it a great piece of art. It just takes a talented artist and craftsman to let it come out.

Almost anyone can turn out a bowl on a lathe but it takes an artist to create pieces like the picture above shows. You will find many other just as creative pieces in Andy’s store also. Not just bowls either. The wide variety of products attest to the skilled hands behind the gouges, skews and other turning tools used to create them.

One of the really nice things about buying hand turned creations is that you can actually make two identical items and because of the fact that wood, even from the same tree and just a few feet apart, will have different characteristics. This fact alone almost assures that when you purchase a hand turned piece, you are buying a one-of-a-kind creations.

Well turned creations take time. Turning is not a fast process. It takes time to coax out the piece hidden in any piece of wood. Work too fast and you have junk. Cut too much off too fast and you can damage the wood. Add to this the fact that it can takes days or even weeks to prepare a piece of wood for turning if it is really old and has not been protected properly. If you haven’t noticed also, wood isn’t cheap these days. Good wood has never been cheap but some of it is becoming almost as expensive as fine jewelry and that is just in its raw state.

Because of this quality turned products are not inexpensive. However what you are buying is something that will last for generations if properly cared for. It’s well to consider the purchase of a quality turned item like purchasing a quality piece of furniture. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for.

If you are looking for a distinctive, beautiful and quality gift for either yourself or someone else, you simply can’t go wrong with any of the products found at Treecycle.

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