Twenty eight folks braved the damp and rain to watch Chris Schmidt use milk paint to classy up cherry. Using pre-turned bowls and unfinished blanks, Chris developed depth and patina in native cherry by enriching the grain followed by selective sanding to reveal a multi-layered golden color. The technique relies on a chemical bond between traditional black milk paint and the cherry to develop the classic bronzing patina. Drying time is followed by a slight buffing and then the application of blue paint. Selective depth of sanding will reveal gradations in color and patina similar to that of multiple firings in clay.
GSWT members will meet again on May 26th to watch Marcel Durette turn narrow finials and knobs for lidded boxes. This demonstration completes that of Jon Siegel who introduced his steady rest and safety spur drive for spindle turning in March.
The location for the May meeting has yet to be confirmed. June will find us in Ossipee at the sawmill of noted northern wood turner Ed Witt of Madison Forest Products.