Working with Distressed Wood

Recorded: 
2018
Event: 
Turning Symposium 2018
Topics: 
Woodturning
Presenter: 
Ken Lindgren

Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers
Ninth New England Woodturning Symposium

Saturday May 12, 2018
Pinkerton Academy in Derry, NH


Ken Lindgren
Working with Distressed Wood

Distressed wood is an alternative material and artistic choice. Mental and technical adjustments are needed to be safe and successful.  Perhaps a better name for the raw material is aerated cellulose, which better conveys its fragile nature. Turning and finishing is both a technical and artistic challenge, often requiring 3 - 5 times more time to complete a piece. You will need to remember and use almost everything you’ve ever learned in your woodworking career.

Attendees will learn about selecting a blank, understanding new and unique mechanical properties, mounting the blank, special turning and safety requirements, artistic considerations, sanding & finishing.

With extraordinary patience, skill and time, completed art can be well worth the effort.