No Holiday Party – (open 30 minutes before demo – by invitation only)
Ed Pretty: 1:00 – 4pm
Hello, my name is Ed Pretty and among other things, I am a wood turner. I divide my work into commercial turning, artistic turning, teaching and demonstrating. I do a fair bit of production work for a few regular clients as well as one-off jobs for local furniture makers. I have limited my artistic work recently because something had to give time-wise, but I do maintain some pieces in the Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island in Vancouver, BC.
Colouring Wood –
I’ve applied colour in various forms to my work since the early 1990’s. I discuss surface preparation, use of wood-compatible dyes, ebonizing, bleaching, fuming, liming – using both traditional lime wax and acrylic paint – and faux painting techniques.
My dye technique involves the use of only the primary colours – red, blue and yellow – and black. I show how these colours are applied to a piece separately rather than premixing colours to achieve spectacular effects on figured wood. I show how bleaching can be used to change the outcome or be used on its own.
I discuss different ways of ebonizing or darkening wood by applying an ebonizing fluid and fuming with ammonia.
I discuss and show the effects of various commercially available treatments like crackle glaze and faux metallic applications.