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- Just about anything, we can provide custom engraving on Wood, Glass, Plastic, Leather, some fabrics and Etch Metal. Cannot engrave on Lead Crystal as the lead in the crystal heats up and then will crack the Glass.

-Again just about anything providing we have a good quality JPEG (or higher resolution electronic image we can engrave it plus add text to the image.

- Typically that is not a problem, I can redraw an image electronically or perhaps scan the image.

-I get wood from many sources. Much is purchased from hardwood suppliers and much is donated by friends and neigbours that are harvesting trees due to damage caused by storms, or trees that have reached their life expectancy.

- For bowls and vases, the preferred time to turn is when the wood is “green” (soon after harvesting, same day is ideal) and “rough” turned. Rough turned items are turned to the approximate shape of the finished product and then left to dry as slowly as possible for about a year before the item can be finish turned. This is typical in bowl turning, and the wall thickness is left at about 10% of the diameter until dry. The drying process in our location in central Alberta (very dry climate) needs to be slowed by storing the wet rough turned pieces in paper bags or wrapped in newspaper. Vases, if turned at an optimal 3/32” of an inch thickness, will dry much faster. If turned at a consistent wall thickness, the vases should not crack in the drying process.

- I use a kitchen scale. Once the piece stops losing weight the piece is dry. One can also use moisture meters. If one turns an object before it is dry the piece will continue to move and potentially crack or distort. I also use a moisture meter for some applications.

- This varies with what the piece is being used for and how the piece will be cleaned. For gallery or art pieces, lacquers give excellent results. For products that will be used for food preparation or for serving food, a food-safe finish is required. Oil finishes are a great choice for all round use and are easily touched up by the customer.

1. What speed are you comfortable with? The faster the lathe speed the faster things happen.
2. Typically I don’t get too fussed about the actual speed but go to as fast as I feel comfortable with depending on the size and complexity of the item being turned. I then speed up until there is vibration in the lathe and back off until there is no vibration. Once you true the work piece, the faster the lathe will be able to go until you feel vibration.