Ryedale Woodturners

Joey Richardson


Thursday 7 July 2016

Snainton Woodturning Supplies

Joey Richardson travelled up from her home in Grimsby, Lincolnshire to demonstrate her very specialised form of artistic woodturning.

Details of all the tools and equipment used are available on a special (hidden) page on Joey's website, so I won't give them here: go to http://www.joeyrichardson.com/demo.html

Thin walled small cup for piercing

Joey Richardson

After a brief resume of her woodturning career, Joey showed how she turns a cup, bowl or goblet with very thin walls. She uses sycamore, cut into workable sizes then kept in a freezer so that it remains wet and white - there are no grey watermarks in her stock.

LED light

The piece was shaped with a swept back gouge, then drilled using a MT2 drillbit slotted straight in to the tailstock, then hollwed out with a mix of spindle gouge and Simon Hope carbide tip endgrain hollowing tool.

Translucent wood The walls were cut even and quite thin aided by shining an LED light from the outside and aiming for a consistent orange colour. A bright LED light was then slotted in the tailstock, and pushed inside the cup, and the outside was cut until an even orange - yellow was evident across the bowl of the cup.

Wood piercing For the remainder of the demonstration Joey moved to her table with piercing and colouring tools. She uses an air tool for piercing - like a dentist drill - which runs at aound 380 000 rpm, 10 times the speed of a Dremel or Micromot type machine (which she also had, and demonstrated). The electric motor machines will still do the piercing, but slower.

Piercing demonstration pieces She transferred a photocopied design onto the wood by taping it on, then rubbing over it with a xylene pen which she had filled with cellulose – nail varnish remover would also work. Then she cut out a flower design. Three key points when piercing are:
1 always keep the cutting burr perpendicular to the surface  2 go clockwise  3 start and finish in a corner.

Stained glass effect Small holes can be filled if desired to give a stain glass effect. Joey showed how liquid 3D crystal colour lacquer can be dropped in to the holes and sets with a pleasing effect.


Woodturning advice During the break Joey invited people to come and try the machinery and have a go with some of the demonstration pieces she had brought along.

After the break she moved on to airbrushing. She had a couple of butterfly wings - cut from waste cuttings - which she marked out first with pyrographed lines. Then she used Frisket low tack masking paper to set up the layers of paint, cut with a craft knife.

Air brushing Run at 25 psi, a small table top compresser is enough for airbrushing alone, if you are not looking to run an air powered drill as well. The paints she uses are transparent, so starting with the darkest and working up to the lightest, they shine through.  She marked out the lines in purple, gradually removing the masks. Then she went over in red, gradually working up to finishing in yellow. 

Interference paint Joey demonstrated using interference paint. This only shows up on black, and is transparent on white.  So if the edges are burnt, it can be sprayed on and the effect is to make it look as if hours have been spent carefully painting the inside of every pierced hole.  The purple edges are an example on this piece.