WEST SYSTEM: Using WEST SYSTEM G/5 Five-Minute Adhesive for wood and metal
Experienced woodturner Viv Broughton uses quick-setting epoxy to secure elements of his wide portfolio of pieces. He gave us a quick tour of his workshop in Hampshire to explain the role of WEST SYSTEM® G/5 Five-Minute Adhesive.
Viv Broughton has a passion for wood. He works out of a small but well-equipped studio in a sleepy village in Hampshire where he creates some remarkable works of art. These he sells at craft shows, independent gift retailers and by commission. Each unique piece is made by hand and epoxy plays a major role in securing sections together prior to turning. He also uses quick setting WEST SYSTEM G/5 Five Minute Adhesive to attach metal components directly to a variety of finished items to add an extra layer of aesthetics.
“Quick setting epoxy is important, as it speeds up the whole creative process,” Viv explains. “People often ask me ‘how long does it take to make each piece?’ My reply is usually ‘too long’ because I don’t stop until it is exactly as I want it. Being able to save time by securing pieces quickly with the confidence of a powerful bond allows me more time at the lathe and less time waiting for the epoxy to set.
“WEST SYSTEM G/5 epoxy is very easy to use,” he says. “A basic 1:1 ratio by volume makes mixing straightforward, even in very small amounts and the flow rate is ideal for what I need. The set is strong and holds metal trims securely to wood. I don’t use very much on each piece, so a whole pack can last a year or more.”
Viv works in a variety of timbers, choosing pieces for the flow of the grain and often mixes two or more types of wood together for striking effects. He continually experiments, looking for new ways to create eye-catching pieces that stand out from the rest. His portfolio ranges from stylish bowls, candlesticks and vases right through to hollow multi-segment ornaments.
You can see examples of Viv’s work at local craft fairs in and around Hampshire, with details of forthcoming events on his website: www.vivbroughton.co.uk
Viv likes to mix different woods in the same piece where possible.