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  1. Cube within a cube and maple score.

    Steve Twydell, whose youtube channel is "templeboy turnings" did a video on turning a "cube within a cube". It's kind of a neat project because you actually start with a cylinder and then turn it square before forming the inner cube. It's pretty much been a lesson in humility but after several attempts I had a limited success. No finish, no sanding on this as I'm still learning. The hardest part, at least for me, has been to get everything square. After that, it's pretty straightforward. Here's a link to his video. cube in a cube In other news that matters to no one but me, I scored a huge maple log this week. Close to 30' feel long and 24"+ at the butt. Got my work cut out for me. Steve
  2. Cindy Drozda demo today

    What an amazing day! Cindy Drozda's full day demo was today. This lady is determined and committed to giving her audience their the best experience possible. Her attention to detail is ridiculous and her preparation is meticulous. She turned an elegant little finial box which she later presented to the club. She didn't make a cut without explaining what she was doing, why she was doing it, and how she was doing it. I highly recommend hosting her if you belong to a club. You won't be disappointed. Incidentally, the little inset in the underside of the lid is a diamond stud earring. She believes when someone picks up the lid they should have a nice surprise. She was also kind enough to offer her thoughts and suggestions on several members pieces. It really was a great day and I learned a lot. Tomorrow will be better as I and eight other members are doing a hands on day with her. Steve
  3. Works in Wood 2017

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    Works in Wood 2017 The 18th year for New Hope Arts banner exhibition! Works in Wood honors the rich cultural heritage of Bucks County woodworking while celebrating the new visions of the contemporary artists who reside in our region and beyond. As a national juried show, Works in Wood features artwork from the finest talent in the country today. Works are not limited by function but must be original in design and artists must incorporate at least 50% of wood in each piece. The annual exhibition features functional and non-functional works, studio furniture, turnings, constructions, sculpture and vessels in which artists use wood as their primary medium. Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony: Saturday, November 18 5-8pm
  4. Liam O'neill crooked grain box

    Haven't done one of these for a few years, wife wanted to know could I make some boxes for Christmas presents. Decided to copy liam O'neills "crooked grain box" style. Here is the first one. It's from a piece of spalted beech that surprised me with some nice ambrosia. The contrasting wood is walnut. She wanted them for the grandkids, when I showed here this one, she told me I could make different ones for the grandkids Steve
  5. Got some new bowl gouges

    Most anyone who visits this forum will know I spent a week at Marc Adams in September. The guest teacher was Glenn Lucas. During that week I had the opportunity to use some of his signature bowl gouges. I was very impressed with the cut I got from them, enough so that I ordered his 1/2", 5/8", and the 5/8" bottom feeder bowl gouges. This is the first bowl I've used them on. It is hard maple, twice turned, harder than nails, and about 9" in diameter. In the picture I have sanded it with 150 grit only. I used a 3" disk in my drill and this is after about 5 minutes. In this picture the rim has not been sanded at all. It is the first time ever I started sanded with anything other than 60 or 80 grit on the inside of a bowl. I could start with 150 grit because there was virtually no tear out, even in the "problem" areas. FWIW, I have since finished sanded the bowl inside and I started with 320 grit on the rim. This is not meant to be a recommendation to buy his tools. I'm sure the techniques I learned from him contributed as well. It's not unusual for me to spend an hour or more sanding a bowl this size. I might have had 15 minutes on this one. Steve
  6. Just finished up 12 more ornaments, I think that will do it for this year. That will give me about 45 altogether. Some will go in gift shops but many will be gifted. Anyway, I had a piece of spalted beech, heavily spalted but still solid enough to hollow, kind of unusual. Did one with walnut accents and one with maple. I like the walnut one for the contrast but then, I like the maple one too. Steve
  7. Just when you think things are going good, you get in a hurry, or don't get enough glue somewhere, or just get stupid, etc. etc. It happens to all of us I imagine. Sometimes you might even drop something and step on it..sigh. Just for the record, this picture really was taken in the cutting room Steve
  8. Weekend with WOOD?

    Anybody been to one of these? Comments pro or con? https://www.woodstore.net/store/Weekend-With-WOOD-2018.aspx?a=NWS171012&did=180241-20171012
  9. Wood Solutions Fair

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    The Wood Solutions Fair is the premier event in Canada dedicated to design and construction with wood and wood products. This one-day educational event, presented by Ontario Wood WORKS! and the Canadian Wood Council, showcases wood uses in commercial, institutional, industrial and multi-unit residential construction through a trade show and seminars. The Wood Solutions Fair is the only industry event in Canada where you can earn up to six continuing education credits while learning about the latest industry trends and innovations for designing and building with wood. Don’t miss this year’s inspiring line-up of international speakers! For more info: http://wood-works.ca/ontario/wsf/
  10. Wood Pro Expo 2017

    About the Event: Wood Pro Expo™ Lancaster 2017 will take place at the Lancaster Host Resort & Convention Center and present the latest in machine and tooling technology, materials and supplies to professional woodworkers. Wood Pro Expo™ will take place October 19-20, 2017, at the Lancaster Convention Center Exhibition Hall. This trade show is a great opportunity for woodworking executives and suppliers in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern corridor to connect, especially those who don’t attend the industry’s major biannual trade shows like AWFS and IWF. Don't miss out on exhibits and a full educational conference program including wood finishing and lean manufacturing. See live products and tool demos on the show floor.
  11. Birdhouse ornaments

    One of my favorite things to turn. They're fun to do and go pretty quickly. People like them and always say; "they're so cute". For hanging on a tree, ornaments should be pretty light, these come in at around .6oz, anything less than an ounce works pretty good. Steve
  12. The stuck drill bit hollow form

    Some may remember I posted pictures of a hollow form I was drilling and the forstner bit got stuck deep inside. Happily, I eventually got the bit unstuck and was able to continue. Even more happily, the vessel was dry enough to finish this week. Here it is, third coat of oil just applied. It will probably get two or three more coats before I'm done. Keep in mind, the oil is freshly applied so it will lose a little shine. It's about 14" tall and 12" major diameter. I have to tell you I was nervous, nervous while turning off the bottom. Afraid I was going to through. Walnut, what can you say? Steve
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  14. Why they call it a learning curve

    THIS is why Dang, hate it when that happens. Have done a few successful forms the last couple of weeks and I guess I just got to aggressive on this one. Didn't have any idea I was in trouble until it separated. I was really pleased with the form on this one too. Oh well, it's how we learn!! Movin' on Steve
  15. Just a heads up.

    For any members within driving distance of Ft. Wayne, IN this may be of interest to you. Our club, Northeast Indiana Turners and Chiselers, is hosting Cindy Drozda for a full day demo, Saturday, Nov 4. Times are not set in stone just yet but it will probably be something like 9-4 with a lunch break. In the past, admission for visitors has been dues. I imagine it will be the same this time. Dues for our club is 20 bucks a year, so for 20 bucks a visitor can see one of the premier wood turners in the world for an all day demonstration. Besides being an outstanding artist and technician, Cindy is also an excellent teacher. Keep the date open, it promises to be a great day. I will post reminders as the event gets closer. Steve
  16. The walnut hollow form.

    Finally got the walnut hollow form off the lathe, actually, it's been "off" the lathe several times over the past couple of weeks. Gerald had mentioned in another thread I might have problems with my laser and he was right, it was too heavy and wanted to move all over the place. Had to address that. Had some other issues and some other projects got in the way. This is my second attempt at hollowing something deep and it was probably a little too ambitious for me. Have to keep telling myself, this is a learning process and that was the main purpose for this piece. Next one will probably be smaller. Anyway, here's a pic, it's about 16" tall and about 14" major diameter. It will go in a sack to dry and then get remounted for turning off the tenon and sanding. Close to 1/4" through out, a little thicker here, a little thinner there. Still learning you see. Steve
  17. First bowl

    Nice looking bowl Tom. I remember chasing my first bowl across the shop a couple times after a bad catch. Be sure to post it in the Turning Forum. We could use the extra traffic over there Had to do a copy and paste of a comment by HandyDan from the Woodworking forum, since I didn't know how to quote and migrate to another forum. Good suggestion Dan, here it is. The title is a little misleading, as my really first bowl wound up in pieces in the trash can. This is the bowl I turned at the basic bowl turning class I went to at the Woodcraft store in Tulsa. I picked up a mid size EWT rougher there also, and am anxious to put together a blank and try it out. The wood is Sycamore, finished with a coat of sanding sealer, and a coat of high friction polish. I didn't know there was such a thing until I took the class.
  18. Another, I hate it when this happens.

    I've got a beautiful piece of walnut on the lathe, trying to do a hollow form about 14" deep and about the same major diameter. Drilling to start hollowing this morning and when I backed out to clear chips this is what I saw. No drill bit, this is a bad thing. At this point I'm over 10" deep with this bit. Fortunately I was drilling in steps and had made a good portion of the hole larger already. What now? Couldn't reach it with anything and there are chips packed tight around it. My first thought was, no way to save this. Still, I started picking at the shavings and blowing them out until they were pretty well clear, that took about an hour. After several failed attempts with rare earth magnets, screw drivers, etc. etc. I got the idea to make a loop in a piece of tie wire and slip it over the shaft. Held the wire with a pair of vice grips and ran the lathe slow. With a little help, the wire wound tight enough I could wiggle the drill bit a little using the wire and a screw driver. After about two hours I was able to get a purchase on the bit with a pair of deep reach needle nose and worked it the rest of way out. Next time, I'll be sure to clear chips more often and make doubly sure the set screws in my extension are tight. I think it will be faster that way. Steve
  19. Turning class

    I finally go to go to the Learn to Turn class at the Tulsa Woodcraft. Got lost going through Tulsa, though. Too much construction, and the road signs didn't correspond with Google maps. Got to the class an hour late, but they were very gracious about that. Got credit for the class, which is a pre-requisite for the Beginning Bowl Turning class, which is next Saturday. Now that I know the route, getting there from Wichita will be a lot easier. I came back from the class with two big take-aways. First, I brought home a basic bowl, next Saturday will be ! more in depth, and second, Easy Wood Tools are kick-arse!. My first experience with them. The wood used was poplar, which was pretty easy to work with. My only other experience with trying (emphasis on the trying) to turn a bowl ended up with pieces of maple spread around my lathe on the floor. Major fail. Going to have to save up some money, though, those tools aren't cheap. Good quality usually isn't. Which brings up a question. Which one first? I assume a rougher is first, but what size would be best? I see from their web site that they have more than one rougher.
  20. Another natural edge walnut.

    I've still got at least dozen of the natural edge walnut pieces to finish up. Was kind of between projects and decided to sand and finish this one. I chose this one because it looked like my cuts were decent and it wouldn't take as much sanding as some of the others. It's about 16X12X5.5. The bark is just really nice on this one I think. It was just about to big for my little photo booth. Steve
  21. but I'm going to tell you anyway. Some days............weeks.................months....I can be pretty dumb. Usually, I'm pretty good about putting things back where they go. Once in a while though, I get into a project and tools fall where they may. Well, a few months ago I was using my collet chuck and needed the 1/4" insert. Looked in the box and it wasn't there, I thought, okay, it's probably in the side pocket of my smock, wasn't there. Sometimes, not paying attention I'll put an item in the drawer above or below where it belongs. Checked, it wasn't there. By now, I'm wracking my brain, thinking about where I may have stuck it. Looked back in the box, still wasn't there. Cleared my work bench, that's a favorite trick when I can't find something but still didn't find the collet. Started going through cabinets, drawers, bins, etc etc. Finally, after several searches over a few weeks I decided it must've fallen in shavings and I'd thrown it away. This morning, I found it. It was in the box the whole time. Never mind the simple logic that told me they were all there since there are only five collets in the set. If you look under the one tool handle you can the 1/4" opening inside the larger opening. I had put the collet where it goes, except upside down, saw the larger opening and chose to believe I'd misplaced it. doh, I could be in the movie dumb and dumber and play both roles. Steve
  22. Went to a wood shop in Agallala, Ne yesterday, met with the artists. Interesting guys. Here are some pictures of their projects. Can you identify the type of wood used?????
  23. Howdy folks, my family and I here sitting around and throwing out names for my business restart up. For years, the last 25 years I have had the name Courtland Woodworks and I owned the url www.courtlandwoodworks.com I lost the url, and I want my business name to be the same as my url for a website showcasing my work. I have to have Courtland in the name somewhere, it's my grand dad's name. And it's my middle name. The main production of my shop is chairs, and other furniture accessories, but mainly chairs. So I am putting out a calling to you guys, can you help me with some business name ideas? Here are some we came up with, none of them sound appealing to me. courtlandcrafts.com (business name, Courtland Crafts) courtlandartsandcrafts.com (business name, Courtland Arts and Crafts) courtlandrockers.com (business name, Courtland Rockers) courtlandchairs.com (business name, Courtland Chairs) One I was partial too, but my family struck it down, was courtlandwoods.com or Courtland Woods. Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated, don't be afraid to get wild, the more creativity the better! Hey, if we end up using your idea, we'll throw a one year subscription for Woodcraft Magazine your way! Thanks for any ideas folks!
  24. Another " not mine"

    While having to clear the "card" of a camera we bought at a yard sale a while back....they had forgot to delete 135+ pictures of a trip to Tybee Island....took a LONG time to clear them all off. All except one.... Apparently, the was a house full of older furniture. This MIGHT have had casters under them feet. So...who is going to make this one? Again, I don't carve....maybe Morris could whip one of these out....
  25. Controller

    A while back, my son "picked" one of these... It is wood, highly shaped.. Might take a wee be of carving, though.. It came in two parts. He took the insides out of his old controller, and just installed them in this wood case. Even had a couple wood buttons....only one is left, now. I don't carve.....those here that do....get busy.

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