turning processes

A Thing Of Beauty is a Joy Forever!

the woodturning of Jason Smith R.P.T.

How is a piece turned?

Below this you will find further information giving you a more detailed understanding of some of the processes I use to make woodturned art.


It all starts hereā€¦.


Felling and processing of trees


I am qualified to fell and process trees using a chainsaw (unlike most woodturners).


This means I often get emails and calls from people who want their trees felled for free! I am happy to do this in return for all the timber I want from the tree.


At the moment I am particularly looking for trees with burrs on them (big lumps sticking out of them) or Laburnam and Mulberry wood. but I will consider anything!


contact me here "trees cut down for free in Kent" to see if we can help each other!


After the tree is felled I use an Alaskan lumber mill to convert the trunk in to planks between 1"-3" thick.


several dozen roughed out bowls ready for drying

Drying the wood


These planks are then air dried for a number of years until they reach approximately 12% moisture content - this means when I turn something from it and you put it in your home it doesn't dramatically change shape as it loses moisture.

Sometimes I will "rough turn" a bowl (several dozen rough turned bowls are shown in the picture). this gives it the rough end shape with some extra thickness, which means as the bowls dry and warp there is enough wood spare for me to true them up and finish them once they have finished moving.

Another way I speed up drying (especially in winter) is to use a microwave (not the one in the kitchen!). several cycles of 2-3 minutes each does wonders for the moisture content prior to finish turning!


The Actual Turning - click on the links below


Pen Turning - The process


Tea Light Holders - The Process


How was my Red Fan-Coral bowl made?


How was The Gorgonian Sculpture made?