Neil Joynt has been woodturning off and on for 25 years and became drawn to being creative and passionate in the last ten years. He is a self-taught wood artist living in a rural location in Tokoroa New Zealand. Prior to this interest in woodcraft Neil always had a creative bent. In his late teens he enjoyed making jewellery, working copper and brass. Today Neil works as a woodturner and artist. He is deeply inspired by the naturally occurring patterns of wood grain and the hidden beauty within each piece of timber. When not creating Neil is keen to demonstrate and teach his techniques to all who ask. You may have seen him demonstrating at Waitaki Spin Around or Turnfest in Australia.
1. Thin-walled Pot and Pyrography
How to take a fresh cut block of green sycamore and turn a thin walled pot which can then be embellished. His choice is sycamore for its straight, tight grain and white colour which contrasts well with his favourite embellishment technique – pyrography. Also, I’m lucky enough to have old sycamore trees growing on our family property! Or, use an alternative white timber, his preference being box elder.
In this demo he works through the collection and storage of fresh-cut sycamore. Then mounting this on a lathe and turning it thin enough to shine a light through.
He will then take a dry version of this work and decorate it with pyrography, punching and colour.
3. Jewellery for Markets
This demo shows how Neil makes pendants and other jewellery items that sell well at markets or local galleries where he has work for sale. Designs are plentiful if you search the web. There is an endless amount of ideas out there. Many designs owe their origins to other items Neil makes and, conversely, some of his jewellery designs contribute to other work.
Alternatively, sketch or make your own designs with the help of lots of paper or your PC.
Using the lathe to make round designs for inlays in plain or decorative flat wood is a significant part of Neil’s jewellery making.
4. A Tea Caddy
This demo shows how to make a functional storage container, in this case a tea caddie. Storage vessels are items used every day, so why not make one out of beautiful timber. I like to use complimenting timber with great grain and colour. Also, by adding inlay or texture these vessels can be enhanced further.
The caddy shown here is root kauri with a contrasting rim and knob with turquoise inlay. These timbers and inlay have great character and contrast well together.
Each NAW member attending a demonstration or class may enter a prize draw for one of three prizes from Timberly Woodturning by writing their name, NAW member number and contact details on the form provided. One entry per person.
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