There is a thirst within the woodturning forums which has been growing over time for knowledge and techniques for colouring, texture and how to create the more unusual turnings.
This is pleasing to see as letting go and making creatively to express ourselves is a wonderfully enjoyable process. Having the ability to draw on many varied techniques enables us to make new pieces but also we find that new interests and subjects are found that point us in a totally new direction that had not been anticipated, adding further to the excitement of the process. Making soon becomes an unknown process with the end result often having evolved along the way.
Many people ask, as I did when investigating new ideas, how certain techniques are achieved. While initially I was shown some techniques I was taught to investigate and to find through experimenting how to achieve the effects I was after. It may be a technique from painting such as making crackle paint from PVA glue and artists acrylics painted over a textured surface or by seeing what happens when we heavily scorch different types of wood both have been widely used but can be adapted to our own style of working.
Every now a then from this experimenting we may find methods that are totally new to us.
Often using the most simple of methods and materials can achieve the most dramatic of effects.
The link here is of Holton Rower an American sculptor/Artists who's work is amazing and shows what can be achieved with simple materials and a creative mind.
Holton Rower artist video
Holton Rower Web Site