A mechanical engineer by training and profession, I’ve always had an overriding passion for art. My medium of choice is wood, and woodturning in particular. One of my earliest interests is segmented turning. However, I now explore all varieties of artistic woodturning. My engineering training is useful in developing new methods for segmentation, texturing, piercing and many other forms of artistic expression with wood and color.
Take a piece of wood and make it into art! Add some color to your pyrography project. Part 1 of 2, this lesson offers tips for cleaning and painting wood. Follow along with Dennis W. Montville as he teaches you to clean the wood surface with rubbing alcohol, and apply a thin a colored gesso to enhance the patterns of your wood grain. Though this demonstration focuses on key processes associated with pyrography, the techniques shown here can be applied to prepare any carving or carpentry project.
Let your woodworking art projects really shine! Part 2 of 2, this lesson teaches you about coloring your woodworked designs, pyrography, or carving project with metallic and interference paint. Interference paint appears different when added to light or dark areas, and changes color depending on the angle from which you view the piece. Follow along with Dennis W. Montville’s tips and be sure to apply a very thin layer so as not to obscure your wood’s grain patterns.
Whether you enjoy carving your own creations from scratch, or giving store-bought or garage sale finds a facelift, this lesson on adding carving detail with a lathe is for you! Using a cracked wooden bowl he found at a garage sale, Dennis demonstrates how to use a small tool to carve a thin indentation all around the bowl. Learn where to place the shoulder of the tool in order to prevent the blunt nose bit from going deeper than desired, while cutting the design quickly and easily.
In his lessons on wood carving, Dennis of DW Montville demonstrates how to rough cut an irregular-shaped, uneven piece of wood and bark, plus how to add finer, delicate details to existing pieces. But regardless of what he is doing, Dennis works with a tool that uses either a 1/4” or 1/8” bit. These bits can be used for an array of projects, and can also be sharpened easily using a sharpening block and a grinder. In this lesson, learn how to keep your bits sharp and in good working order.
Think you need a big tool to cut a big hunk of rough wood? Think again! Using the same tool that he used to cut a delicate design into a wooden bowl, Dennis of DW Montville shows how to transform an irregularly-shaped rough piece of wood into a smooth and uniformly shaped base from which to craft your creation! For surface cuts or aggressive slices, on hard dry wood or harder irregular bark inclusions, Dennis’s tool makes short work of whatever kind of woodwork your project requires!
The woodworking tools that DW Montville sells may be small, but they pack a huge punch! In his other lessons, Dennis demonstrates how to rough-cut an irregularly shaped hunk of wood, and add a design to a wooden bowl using a cobalt steel tool. In this lesson, he further demonstrates the benefits of this versatile tool while cutting a piece of curly maple. You’ll discover that the tool doesn’t bounce, grab, or shake much, but creates the general shape of your piece quick and easily.
Have a long and narrow item with an internal bore that needs lathe work? In this lesson from D.W. Montville, learn how to make an expansion chuck that affixes to the lathe and can hold the item from the inside. If you make a lot of woodworking pieces with similarly sized holes (this lesson demonstrates the chuck on a toothpick holder), this is the perfect metalworking project for you.