Father and son team Ian and Ken Fulford have created some pretty incredible stuff in their day. His company – On The Bevel – http://www.onthebevel.com – creates fantastic one-off wood products that will amaze you with their beauty and ingenious crafting methods. Ian is a close friend of Hay’s Woodworking and decided to stop by our shop with some of his amazing work. His pieces were so interesting that we decided to share them with you.This post will cover a few of the unique wood items which Ian brought with him on his visit.
This first piece is a counter-top lazy susan. It is made with maple wood and still has the natural bark edge on the sides.The wood is spalted, which means that it is partially rotting at the time of construction. Ian stabilizes the rotting by using a very thin coat of cyanoacrylate, otherwise known as ‘crazy glue,’ which is then applied with an accelerator to speed up the process. Following this the piece was finished with five coats of a thin two-part epoxy to fill in the cracks, give it a glossy finish and increase the durability. Finally, as with all of the pieces which come from ‘On the Bevel’ the piece is given a wax coating, which creates the unique soft feel of something very special. This particular lazy susan or one like it would be priced at approximately $250.00. Every one created is absolutely unique and can be made from many different kinds of wood.
These salt and pepper shakers are a real favourite here at Hay’s. They are made from a yellow cedar burls, which is a rare wood which can only be grown in a few places around the world, in this case these are from Western Canada. A ‘burl’ is a fungus which grows on trees which creates a beautiful colouring which is sought out by furniture makers, artists and wood sculptors everywhere. This piece was turned on a lathe, drilled out and the hollow-out. It is then fitted with a shiftless ceramic pepper mill. The shakers are then finished with a wipe on poly-urethane, which gives a better finish than painting or spraying and then it is coated in wax, giving it that great soft feel.This two piece set is priced at $135 and are stunning, completely hand-made and unique pieces.
These next group of photos are all wine-stoppers. These stoppers go for $28.00 each and are all completely unique.The first pair are made out of a beautiful black walnut and maple wood combination which is laminated into a square block and then turned on a wood lathe to give it shape.
In the photo directly above, the stopper in-between the maple and walnut ones has been turned out of a solid piece of birch wood. At first it may look like the wood is laminated together but on closer inspection you can see that the black lines running vertical on the piece are actually water marks, which give it a very distinct look.
All of the wine stoppers are finished by sealing them in polyurethane, gluing a silicone stopper into the base and then polishing to perfection.
This next piece is a beautiful salad bowl made from red oak which is cut into a round cylinder on a bandsaw. It is then turned on the wood lathe to the outside diameter and then the inside is cut out. It is first sanded with 600 grit dry sand paper and then on 800 grit wet paper and then finished with polyurethane (between 5-8 coats per bowl) which is wiped on and then the piece is waxed. A bowl like this would be priced at around ninety dollars each.
The deep, decorative bowl pictured below is made from curly maple wood, created in the same way as the salad bowl above but it is also detailed. The detailing on the top is done with a lather tool, while the black lines going around the bowl are burnt in with a hot wire and finally the bottom is textured with a texturing tool. This piece was finished with a heavier antique-style oil-based finish which was applied in 8 coats and sanded in-between each layer and then finally finished with wax. This particular custom piece sells for $120.00 and at Ian’s house they use theirs as a beautiful flower pot but it uses are endless.
The next piece is a honey pot made from maple wood. The wood is spalted more than some of the other maple wood pieces we have showcased earlier. Uniquely after the main shape has been turned on the lathe it is then soaked until sufficiently wet and then left to turn for approximately ten hours. The nice black detailing on the wood are water marks while are left over. Once the piece is done turning the inside is sealed with epoxy so that the honey will not absorb into the wood and then it is finished with the standard polyurethane coat and then waxed.
This steak plate is made from spalted maple but unlike the lazy susan or other maple pieces we have seen so far it looks different because it was cut vertically from the tree instead of sliced horizontally, this way there is less warping and you get a different wood grain finish. This piece was also sealed with five coats of heavy duty antique oil and then it was polished with a food safe wax. A set of four costs $115.00 and they will take all of your steak knife abuse for approximately ten years before needing to be re-finished.
Finally, we have a beautiful holder for all of your business cards. This particular one is made from spalted maple and is finished with the same poly-urethane and wax finish and costs forty-dollars.
This is only a small showing of what the On The Bevel team has to offer and I’m sure there will be another feature on them some time in the future. In the mean-time check out their website – http://www.onthebevel.com – and contact them directly or contact Hay’s Woodworking for inquiries.
Hope you found this enjoyable.
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