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I posted this in a separate listing in the Turner's Forum earlier this week but am adding it here to help spread the word. 


During SWAT, our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) donated the profits from a special T-Shirt sale to the Vetsturn program provided by ToolMetrix. The Vetsturn program is looking for 8 additional qualified veterans  to participate in their next session. They have posted this YouTube video with the information and additional details.



Please watch this video at the YouTube site and check out the links provided for additional information and links.


In addition, the following link will take you to an article in The Woodworker's Journal detailing the program-





Our Patriot Turners-

@HandyDan was kind enough to create a detailed how-to on his baby rattles. 



The complete steps are here-  Thanks, Dan!



@forty_caliber worked on rough turning some pecan bowl blanks. These surely have some gorgeous grain-






More about each one can be found in these posts-



"Forty" also posted a picture of some bowl blanks from which he is going to turn presents for his Mrs. The blanks are from Cook Woods-



Check out his post for more about the species.




@aaronc posted  images of some maple limbs he cut and set aside for turning. The dark and contrasting light colors should make for some fantastic turnings.



Check out his post at-



@Steve Krumanaker started a large platter on which he will perform his pyrography magic!



In his post, Steve shows us a bit his plan for the design-




What’s Coming Up-

Last week we mentioned the 2022 Christmas ornament contest was about to start. Here's the video with all of the necessary information-




For The Newbies-

The screw chuck is often overlooked as a method of holding pieces on the lathe. In these two Richard Raffan videos, he demonstrates using this method for several types of turnings






Expand Your Horizons-

Picked this up from the AAW. Using the beading tool to create some nice designs-



Last week we posted a video from Alan Stratton where he turned a vase from OSB. He has since improved the end results by stabilizing the material.



Bird house turnings make fine Christmas ornaments. With the ornament contest just starting, this video from Mike Peace may give you some ideas for an entry-




New Turning Items-

Woodturners Wonders has a sale on lights-






Everything Else-

Whether you are doing an IRD, in-person demo or instructional video, these are some great tips from Ron Brown. Copied and pasted from Mr. Brown's newsletter:


Start At The End


That sounds backward. There is a very famous quote from Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” Scripture tells us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.”


If you will take the time to see the end, the finished project, and the final result before you ever begin, all you have to do is figure out how to get there from here. If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll get there every time, and all too often, you won’t like where you ended up.


In this age of YouTube, Vimeo, and TikTok videos, it aggravates me to no end when folks present a video of them making something. They start at the beginning without any preview of the finished project. You most often have no inkling of even what they are making until almost the very end. And about 90% of the time, it was something I had no interest in viewing.


My plea, especially in this age of hybrid meetings including Zoom, is to begin at the end. Have examples of the finished project, or at least illustrations so folks know where you are going. Then show them how you get there. Your presentations will be much more effective when your audience knows where you expect to end up. That approach also keeps you focused on the end result of your process.


As an example, let us use something as simple as turning a natural edge bowl from green wood. It could even be a limb or a branch.



Show a finished natural edge bowl so folks know what you are talking about.


Begin with a half log with the bark still attached.


Mount the blank in the lathe between centers with the bark side toward the headstock.


Bring up the live center and shape the outside of the bowl including a tenon at the tailstock end. Be sure to leave a divot in the center of the tenon. You will need it later.


Sand and finish everything but the tenon.


Turn the blank around and mount it in a 4-jaw chuck.


Remove the inside and turn the walls to final thickness leaving the bark attached.


Use a jamb chuck to press against the inside of the bowl and turn it around with the tenon toward the tailstock.


Use the divot you created in the center of the tenon. Place the point of your live center in the divot and lock the bowl against the jamb chuck.


Carefully shape, or remove, the tenon down to a small nub and finish the outside of your bowl.


Remove the bowl from the lathe and finish the nub by hand.


Since the blank was green, it will go oval. Expect it, celebrate it, love it.


You can leave the bowl unfinished, but my preference is to apply a few coats of Walnut Oil finish.


You began by showing folks a finished Natural Edge Bowl so they knew what it should look like. Then you executed all of the steps to make one before their very eyes. When you finished, they knew what to expect and how they can do it themselves. You are a master!!! You may have been the most effective demonstrator they ever saw.


Follow this recipe and you will have great success every time. Remember that wherever you go, there you are.





Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week-




Safe turning


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