FAQ’s

If you don’t find the answer to your question here, please email me: bob (at) bobmckaywoodturner (dot) com.

Q: How do I care for my piece of turned wood?

A:  Bowls:   Never leave soaking! Wash by hand with warm water, soap if necessary, rinse well and dry immediately. For raised grain (roughness) or water spots or light scratches, scrub with a green ScotchBrite (3M) pad, rinse, dry. All my open pieces (bowls) are finished with Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish and a jar is included with each one. Whenever your bowl looks a little dry, wipe on a thin coat, then wipe off any excess. For more shine, wait a few hours or overnight before wiping clean. For bowls labelled ‘Dry Use Only’, do not submerge, just wipe clean with a damp cloth and refresh the beeswax finish when you think it needs it.

Vases (hollow vessels):  No Water except those with glass liners. Occasional buffing with a soft cloth should be sufficient. The hard wax finish is compatible with most common furniture waxes.

Q: How do I order a piece from this website? Can you send me more photos?

A: I believe that purchasing a hand-made object from the person who created it should be a different experience from buying a mass-produced item from a store or website or catalogue. Please phone me at 250-537-9862 or email to: bob (at) bobmckaywoodturner (dot) com if you would like more info or photos, or if you would like to purchase. If a piece shown here has been sold, there is a good chance I can make something similar because I have a dry-shed full of rough blanks ready to be finished. Please do not send credit card info by email (not secure).

Q: What about taxes and duty?

A: Within Canada, I collect GST, PST and/or HST, as required. Shipping to the U.S. there are no taxes or duties on orders under $2000US. I fill out and attatch the required forms to your box.

Q: How do you ship?

A: By insured Expedited mail, unless requested otherwise. Please ask for specifics when you order.

Q: Where, besides this website, can I view and purchase your work?

A: My wife and I have a Studio/Gallery at home, 201 Grantville St., which is on the Salt Spring Studio Tour . If what you see here interests you, please come by for a visit. Phone 250-537-9862 for an appointment any time of year, or stop by Tuesday – Friday, 11-5, between mid-May and Canadian Thanksgiving. We also have a booth at the famous Salt Spring Saturday Market during that same part of the year.

Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: I take notice of the forms and surfaces that appeal to me, historical and contemporary … especially pottery and turned wood … but it is on the lathe as my general idea encounters the specific potentials and challenges in the wood that form, balance, detail, finish — all evolve by a process of continuous improvisation. It is an exercise in letting go of preconceptions and familiar habits and being open to unexpected possibilities, which I find exciting and absorbing.

Q: Where do you get your wood?

A: I salvage all of it on Salt Spring Island … from trees that have died or that were ‘in the way’ of some human activity and were headed for the firewood pile. Please see the Process page for more details.

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