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Steve Krumanaker

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    Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. Calvin Coolidge

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  1. Thank you but I have to say it again. I had LOTS of guidance doing this first one. I won't deny that I'm very happy with how it went but I've got to give credit where it's due. As to those questions, the short answer is yes, to both of them. My buddy was able to harvest it and told me over and over what nice wood it is turn. He was right, it cut like butter. I asked Bob how long should I leave it in the press? He said, "until you can't stand it anymore!" LOL. He also told me to not use a water borne finish on it. Said it would go back to it's original shape if I did.
  2. Nice. Hope you post some pics and a how to when you do the brass head, that sounds pretty interesting.
  3. LOL, maybe, but suggest you first do a search for johannes michelsen. He is regarded as the first lathe artist to turn a cowboy hat and his work is pretty amazing. https://www.google.com/search?q=johannes+michelsen&client=firefox-b-1-d&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwicsMeg8trhAhVys1kKHUHAC_UQ_AUIDygC&biw=1536&bih=767
  4. Gene, it's turned from green wood and this particular piece was wet enough to give us a shower as I turned it. I may have to wet and apply some heat to bend it but from what I'm told it should bend pretty easily.
  5. Thanks Dan. It was pretty straight forward, I'll say again, I could not have done this without my mentors guidance and help. I do have to agree though, it is way cool!
  6. Thanks Artie, it's intended to fit me and was done as a learning project. I hope to do several more and refine my process. I'm still amazed at the very idea of doing such a thing. This has been the holy grail of turning for me for a long time.
  7. There is a first time for everything they say. Today, for me, that "first time thing" was turning a cowboy hat. About six hours from mounting the blank to putting it in the bending jig. I could never have turned this without the guidance, the encouragement, the tutelage, and did I mention the encouragement? Of my good friend and mentor, Bob Lipp, who is Vice President of our local wood turning club. We started with a bradford pear blank, about 20" diameter and 8" thick or so. The first thing he told me to do was to true it up for a tenon and then he showed me how to shape the outside. I did all the cuts but it was his express instructions that allowed me to do them. After the shaping is all done on the outside it's time to form the brim. The red dots are led lights shining through from the other side. The brim is about as thick as a credit card. After the brim is completed the hollowing is done for the rest of the hat. It also ends up being about the thickness of a credit card, although I think mine may be a little thicker. After the turning is done the hat is put in a bending jig. I'm excited to see how this bends and looking forward to trying on my own.
  8. Nice job again Lew, there are so many innovative ideas out there. Hard to keep up with them all Steve
  9. I have to agree with Lew and Gerald, my first efforts weren't anywhere as good as that. More than a few of mine were actually "flying bowls", for one reason or another.....
  10. Craft supply sells the commercial version. They have a video on their website showing it in use. https://www.woodturnerscatalog.com/p/49/4555/Henry-Taylor-Decorating-Elf-4-Piece-Set?term=decorating+elf&term=decorating elf#ReviewsPanel
  11. Thanks Gerald. It's a year 2000 issue, March or May, I think.
  12. Good eye!! I have done them with four, five, and even six slots. There are times a person might want to grip a little lower, or a little higher. The WOOD magazine plans call for a threaded insert and 3/8"-16 all tread for joining the two sections. The top section is the grip and shaft which are glued together. The bottom half is a shaft and foot which are glued together. The foot piece gets a 3/4" crutch rubber tip on it.
  13. Nicely done Dan. I also use a home made version of that tool. It's great for embellishing. Steve
  14. Thanks Lew but this was a pretty specialized little compass. It was designed to be let into a 1" cavity. It had a nice bezel and an O-ring for a press fit. Have searched several times using every description I can think of and haven't found anything remotely similar. I ordered several and actually have two that I haven't used yet but I have people in mind for those.
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