Colorful Turning: Incorporating Spalting & Pigments into Your Work with Seri Robinson July 25 - 29, 2022

about this workshop

Machining spalted wood is a daunting task, and often more art and skill than science. Turning spalted wood can be enormously frustrating, especially if one does not want to use stabilizers. This weeklong course will go through how fungi affects wood and how that in turn affects how it should be turned, taking into account different types and levels of spalting. In addition, students will get to learn about the advances in spalting research, make their own spalting dyes, and apply them to their turnings for ‘instant’ spalting. Students will learn the fundamentals of wood anatomy and fungal biology, turn many types of spalted wood, from zone lined to pigmented, from heavily decayed to lightly spalted, and everything in between, plus get a chance to experiment with the latest in spalted wood dye technology as well. By the end of the class, students should be able to turn spalted wood of any decay level to a mirror finish without sandpaper!

Unique Instructor Seri C. Robinson

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$250 material fee payable to Agricultural Research Foundation

Key Points:
*How spalting fungi affect wood
*Functional wood anatomy
*Functional fungal biology
*Wood spalting safety
*Grinds of tools best for spalted wood
*Finishing cuts and avoiding sanding
*The science behind spalted pigments
*How to make spalting without live fungi, how to spalt in an hour

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Colorful Turning: Incorporating Spalting & Pigments into Your Work with Seri Robinson July 25 - 29, 2022


Availability: Open

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