New adventure into resin and turned bowls

March 24, 2018

I ventured into resin and wood just recently to add another dimension to my work.  The project was inspired by Martin Saban- Smith who has used cogwheels designs in his Steampunk work and by a local Ontario woodturner, Dave Bell, who combines wood with resins to create not only fabulous pieces of wood art, but blanks for peppermills, bottle stoppers and pens.  Yes, I have started down the very slippery slop of adding resin to woodturning.


I have taken a Ash bowl, 8 1 /4” in diameter and approx. 2 inches thick, that I had previously designed and turned a flat recess area, approx 1 1/4" wide and 3/8" deep, on the top rim of the bowl. This is the area which I will fill with resin and pigment powder  combination and a variety of sizes of metal cogwheels will be added. 


In the project I am using Art Resin epoxy resin, Jacquard Pearl Ex pigment powders and some cog wheels I picked up at my local Michael's store.


The resin will be added in layers, allowing 4 hours between the first layer and the second Using the layering technique will mean I can use a resin that does not require a pressure pot to disburse bubbles but only an artist butane torch to disburse the bubbles in the resin as they appear.


Here is the YouTube video link showing the process and finished bowl




Here are some pictures of the finished bowl



Click the links below to go to Martin’s and Dave’s YouTube channels and link to ArtResin and Jacquard products.

Dave Bell  


Martin Saban-Smith


Art Resin


Jacquard (Pearl Ex pigment powders)


Thanks for taking the time read this and watch the video. 


Have a great week in your workshop!


See you in the Workshop!

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