Getting ready for Christmas...

21 November 2014, New work, Would you like to leave a comment?

Apologies for the lack of updates on my blog of late – as you can probably guess, things are beginning to get quite busy. From mid November onwards, it usually gets fairly hectic, with loads of extra work required for my website and the galleries I supply.

The top photo is of my latest batch of tea light holders – they’ve just been oiled and will soon be fitted with tea lights. These are very popular in the run up to Christmas, so I need plenty in stock!

Below is a selection of work in progress – you may recognise them when they appear on my website next week…


Jonathan Leech

Written by Jonathan Leech

Jonathan Leech is a woodturner working and living in Cumbria. He specialises in making bowls, dishes and platters from local sustainably sourced timber. Read more or about Jonathan or see a selection of his work.

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  1. Gravatar of Toby Moody
    Toby Moody19 January 2015 19:57

    Super work! You mentioned that you use Lemon Oil to finish your work. How is that different from Danish oil? Plusses and minuses? Would love to know.



  2. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech24 January 2015 09:10

    Hi Toby,
    I'm so pleased you like my work - I find the lemon oil soaks in much better and does not leave drip marks, it is also satin in appearance which I prefer too. The main advantage of Danish oil is that it creates a tougher coating, whereas lemon oil is more of a decorative finish.

    That said, I've now moved on to mineral oil which seems to be a little thicker and has more of a sheen - do you need your finish to be hard wearing?

  3. Gravatar of Toby
    Toby28 January 2015 21:32

    Sometimes yes, sometimes no regarding hard wearing coating. Bowls I make are decorative so not a massive need for hard wearing lacquer such as a light pull would need. What mineral oil are you using? Not car kind of oil?!

  4. Gravatar of Jonathan Leech
    Jonathan Leech29 January 2015 21:55

    Hi Toby,
    Definitely not automotive mineral oil - especially if used on salad bowls! I tend to get mine from Axminster tools, who sell it as food safe oil. It is effectively liquid vaseline, so quite harmless.

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