Stephen Hatcher Demo:  Mar, 2010


We had Stephen Hatcher demonstrating for our club - on Mar 19, 2010 for the full day demo, and the 20th and 21st for the hands-on class.  It was quite instructive on the general area of stone and mineral inlays.  Stephen Hatcher


D Vannier hosted the demo in his garage as he did with Art L, or last demonstrator.  Many thanks to David for he and his wife's hospitality and generosity to open their home.  The following written by David before the event, was updated after the event for posterity:


We charged $20 for members, and $45 for non-members (includes the cost of joining the club).


This demo had a short slide presentation of his work, hand-outs for the material source, and a demonstration of the inlay process.   His work includes coloring and stone inlays that go far beyond just filling cracks.  He uses a number of different kinds of stone.  Cherry VaseHe will show us how to go from stone to inlay.  If you are not familiar with his work, please check out the photo's that I've included as well as his web site.   I attended his demo several years ago in Provo, and was fascinated with his work.  At the time, I was not ready to try to attempt this, but now would really like to try. 


PeregrineWhen you look at the second photo, Peregrine Migration, you will see his signature form of inlay.


We had a 2-day hands on class following the club demo, Saturday and Sunday.  This was limited to 10 students, and had 9 attending.  In the hands-on class, we made a small bowl/plate with an inlay rim on the first day, and learned the translucent process the second day.  Cost was roughly $100 plus a lab fee of roughly $40 per student for the two days. 


Notes from the full day demo:

The handouts are available on this website:  inlays, minerals, suppliers.  


Stephen at workProcess flow is pretty straightforward: 


Some of the keys are to be sure to cut the grove 3/16" deep with vertical walls, using a thin (1/16in) parting tool  (Penn State has a waiting list, available in mid-April). 

Cover the piece completely with Shellac after each sanding, before further application of glue.  Source: flakes from Shellac Shack (mixed 1:10, Shellac to denatured alcohol)

carving the designDo not overuse CA accelerator as that can cloud the appearance.  Use safety precautions and good control over the quality of the air you breathe. 


The company was US Plastics and the bottles are at US Plastics.  16 once, chemically resistant bottle.  A bottle having DNA can be used to wet a dry bowl before final sanding.  Works like water in that it raises the grain, but dries quickly and lets me keep working, while water takes a long time to dry.  (Note: at least one professional turner that uses it between each grit of sanding, as it also helps remove the sanding dust/grit.)


The "shopping list" David suggests include:


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