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I've been thinking of how to write this post for a few days. I am a member, and now (unbelievably) president of the Northeast Indiana Turners and Chiselers, a wood turning club near Ft. Wayne IN. Anyway, we had a visitor at our last meeting, a retired guy(are all turners retired?). He said he was trying to turn some table legs and they were "all fuzzy". He wanted to know if there was anyone who could visit his shop and show him what he's doing wrong. It happens he lives about ten mile from me and I did visit his shop the other day. Where to start? He's trying to turn pine, about 36" long and 1 1/2" diameter and he doesn't have a steady rest. It would've been nearly impossible to do what what he was trying to do. It didn't help that his tools are very dull. The really bad thing though, is his lathe, it's a Grizzly. I don't know the model number but it swings 14", with a very small variable speed motor. Worse, the ways looked to be 1/8" or less C-channel. Very, very light duty. If I had to guess I would say the lathe weighed less than 100lbs. I'll admit I'm not a Grizzly fan but neither am I a basher. This lathe though, to me it's little more than stealing to sell such a piece of equipment. I'm not sure a person could even turn a pen on it, let alone a 12 or 14" bowl. The guy told me he bought the lathe to see if he would like wood turning. I told him I could guarantee he wouldn't like it if he had to use that lathe. It made me wonder, how many people have bought that lathe, or a similar product to see if they would like turning only to give it up and never know what turning is really like Steve
Our wood turning club meets tomorrow at 1:30 pm in Huntertown IN. We are expecting a visit from Dick Gerard Dick is an honorary lifetime member of the AAW, has served on the board and is a member of the Indiana Artisans Guild. He is plannng to do a short demo with the intention of generating interest in wood turning, as well as possibly a full day demo in the near future. I see from the member map there are a dozen or so members within driving distance. If you have an interest in turning at all this would be a great opportunity to see a world class artist at no expense. Visitors are always welcome and there is no admission to a regular meeting. If anyone would like more information or directions, p.m. me and I'll help as I can. On the chance he can't make for what ever reason, i.e. weather, you'll have to suffer through a presentation by yours truly. . Steve