Making and Decorating Goblets - DVD
Professional Turning for All
Study No. 3
with Mick Hanbury RPT

Published by KTMP, UK

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As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 141

The turned wooden goblet may be anything from a functional item of tableware to a featured objet d'art. Most of the work shown here by Mick Hanbury falls into the latter class.

On this presentation he demonstrates how to make several kinds of goblet - Natural Edged Goblet, Filled Texture Goblet, Filled Spiral Goblet, Laminated Goblet and Pierced Goblet.

The demonstrations are sure to appeal not only to those who are new to goblet making but also to those who wish to experiment with different techniques.

Hanbury begins with the sharpening of the three main tools that he uses for this work: a roughing out gouge, parting tool and spindle gouge. He uses a conventional grinder but shows how this may be coupled with proprietary jigs to make it easier and faster to achieve consistent angles with minimum loss of tool steel.

The Natural Edge Goblet is, as its name suggests, a fairly conventional goblet but made with a natural edge at the top. The Filled Texture Goblet is a departure from the norm. Firstly, it introduces the methods of making a goblet in three parts - top, stem and base. Secondly, it introduces the spiral turning of a stem.

Thirdly, it introduces a decoration technique in which a texturing tool is first applied to the surface of the top of the goblet. The indentations made by the texturing tool are then filled using a marine filler to which colouring material has been added. The surface is then cut back and sanded to show the coloured filled pattern contrasting with the surrounding wood.

The effect of this procedure is interesting and one which Hanbury goes on to explore further in making a Spiral Filled Goblet. For this goblet, the texturing tool is used to create spiral patterns a few millimetres apart on the side of the top. A split video image which simultaneously shows both side and overhead views of this operation is used to good effect for this demonstration.

The end result is very interesting and attractive, but nowhere near so striking as the Laminated Goblet. For this, Hanbury laminates the blank from pieces of contrasting woods. Turning the laminated blank creates intricate patterns both inside and outside the top of the goblet.

Mark Hanbury has obviously done a great deal of experimentation on the composition of the laminations that he uses, but there is still plenty of opportunity for other turners to try out various forms of lamination.

The final project is a Pierced Goblet, one in which the top is first turned to shape and thickness, then pierced in a pattern created using a straight cutter in a Dremel. This is yet another decorative technique so that the presentation at its end is clearly as much about decoration as it is about turning goblets.

Mark Hanbury has been a professional woodturner in the UK for some 17 years; this shows in the relaxed and informal manner of his teaching. While all of his comments relevant to the demonstrations can be heard with reasonable clarity, it may sometimes be necessary to repeat a few moments of the video in order to pick up his sometimes humourous off-the-cuff comments.

About the Author: Mick has been turning professionally for 17 years. Known and commissioned world-wide, Mick is always very busy attending demonstartions, his efforts have graced many galleries.

Film contents:

1. Natural Edged Goblet
2. Filled Texture Goblet
3. Filled Spiral Goblet
4. The Laminated Goblet
5. The Pierced Goblet

Duration: 285min

DVD - English