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  1. I know you probably don't want to hear this, but Christmas is only 2 months away. Lockdowns and job layoffs are really affecting everyone. Again, this year, we will have the opportunity to make one family's Christmas not so bleak. Please check out this information on our annual Adopt-a-Family project- Also, reminding our turners to please add tags to their posts. Those tags help us all when searching for specific information. Our Patriot Turners- Today, @Gerald added an extremely informative blog on drying turned wood. I had asked Gerald what his techniques were and he offered to put together the information. Please check out what he has done. Lots of great information! @Ron Altier showed us a couple of his recent projects. First up is one of his beautiful ornaments. Ron generally creates his own blanks but with this one he tried something different- Ron tells us about this one in his post- He also made some turnings from an aromatic wood- Lots of comments about uses for it- @Masonsailor put the finishing touches on the fireplace utensils stand. It sure is a thing of beauty- Paul shows us the final steps- @PostalTom gave us an update on his lathe. Tom and Gerald had been working together to solve a problem. With Gerald's help and a Jet technician, he is back up and running! It's wonderful how our turners can "turn" to each other for help and advice! @AndrewB cranked out a couple of pine bowls from a Home Depot board He showed us some of the progress pictures in his post Andrew also refined his lathe bench after removing the standard Harbor Freight metal stand- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another online demonstration coming up. This one is her signature finial box- Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. For The Newbies- The skew chisel, what can I say?! An often ignored tool but in the hands of a master it is a wonder to behold- A nice project that can have you practicing learned skills and maybe developing some new ones- Expand Your Horizons- This is quite a lengthy video from Sam Angelo on embellishing turnings. Sam demonstrates various tools and techniques. When I first saw the picture, I thought- "only Tim Yoder would attempt this on the lathe"! It's a pretty neat project. When I was subbing at school some of the kids were doing this with 3-D printers- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have a Pro Sanding kit put together. If you are thinking about upping your sanding game, this might be for you- Here's the link- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/random-orbital-sanders/products/pros-pro-pack Everything Else- Last week's YouTube videos from Rick Turns- Last week I posted a couple of closeup pix of repaired knots in the cherry bowl I was finishing. This is the bowl as it came out of the bag of shavings- Turned, sanded and mineral oil finish- @Gerald's blog on drying originated from a question I had about drying green wood- specifically for this project. This large bowl dried without cracks but I needed two smaller bowls as well. Last week I mentioned that I found Rick Morris (Rick Turns) had a couple of videos on a simple dryer that could speed up the process. It was a simple build, everything needed was in my spare parts stache. A quick Sketchup drawing to get the idea- Then the build- ...and the results are in... Not exactly what I had hoped for. What went wrong??? First, I think I had a too high wattage bulb. I grabbed a 60 watt bulb which I think generated too much heat in the box. Second, the little bowls were about 5.5" in diameter and about 2.5" deep. I left the wall thickness at about 1/2" which is around 1/10 the diameter (see Geralds blog). This is typical for the bag/shaving process but I think it was too thick for this application. I'm on the second attempt, now. I reduced the bulb wattage to 40 watts and turned the bowls to a wall thickness of about 3/8". After 24 hours in the dryer, no cracks have appeared. Fingers crossed!! If you are interested in Rick's process, Safe turning and stay well
  2. Sorry, this weeks post is a little skimpy. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB provides most of this week's subject matter. He is trying out a different finish for his bowls. Andrew compares this finish to the one he was previously using in this post- In this post, Andrew does another Padauk bowl. It gave him a little trouble but like all turners, we adapt and overcome! Andrew's post on this project- It happens to all of us. Maybe just a little thinner, one more pass.... Oh $h!t!! Sorry Andrew, how about a soap dish! Undaunted, Andrew pressed on with a maple blank. This one is a complete success! What’s Coming Up- More and more interactive remote demonstrations are becoming available. A short promotional from Lyle Jamieson- Just a reminder about the AAW's event with David Ellsworth- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Cindy Drozda is doing a demonstration of gilding a turning. This is a great way to add flair to a project! Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's site and registration information. While you are there, check out the future demonstrations on October 31 and November 13. For The Newbies- The latest edition of Woodturning Monthly is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Head on over to the site and look for an article on Banksia Pods- Expand Your Horizons- Looks like Cindy is our featured performer this week! She provided a free video showing how she fits finials to lids- She also posted a video demonstrating how to sharpen a bandsaw blade while it is installed on the bandsaw. She admits that this process doesn't produce the results of a new blade but in a pinch it works! New Turning Items- I must be looking in the wrong places. Couldn't find any thing to spend your money on! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted the list of last weeks YouTube videos- Back during the summer, the tree guys dropped of a large cherry log. I cut it into bowl blanks and turned several roughed out bowls. I have been experimenting with the soap/water soak on rough blanks. Each blank was submerged for about 3 days and then transferred to a paper bag of shavings. Life got busy and I didn't get back to them until over the weekend. This is one of the blanks. It stayed round and no splits. There was some warping but not too bad. There were two knots, one larger than the other. The Starbond medium thick black CA really did a nice job of affixing them and creating an interesting color contrast. This bowl will have 2 smaller siblings and will go to the guys who work on our HVAC stuff. The smaller ones are currently soaking. I think I might try Rick Turns' light bulb dryer instead of the shavings. We'll see how it goes. Safe turning and stay well
  3. Just pulled this from a social media account- Cindy Drozda is having a virtual demonstration on gilding. More information at-- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html
  4. Can you believe on 5 more days left in August! As @Charles Nicholls posted in another forum, we hope everyone along the Gulf coast stays safe from the impending hurricane. Our Patriot Turners- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools alerted me to a couple of very good articles on carbide tools and carbide cutters. The post and the PDF files of the articles are located here- That post tied in well with a question raised by @PostalTom. Tom was asking us what/why the difference between a carbide hollowing tool and a carbide finishing tool. Several of our turners offered their ideas to his question. Please check Tom's post and add your thoughts- @HandyDan gave us a fantastic tutorial on how he makes the metal parts of his scratch awls- @AndrewB contributed several posts this week. This first one includes a video of his Myrtle wood bowl Andrew also worked on a couple of pens. The first one has a real time video from start to finish making a set of pen barrels. He raised several questions about turning equipment in this post. Andrew's second pen post used a glued-up pen blank that unfortunately separated during turning. Several of our turners offer their opinions on why that may have occurred and what might help avoid it in the future. Last weeks "Wednesday's..." generated more comments from several entries. @FrederickH added to his post on the African Blackwood turning he was making @PostalTom's post on his new bowl gouge also continued to generate input- @Artie was kind enough to show us the turning tools he won in the annual Patriot raffle/fundraiser- Just today, we have a new member to the Patriot Woodworker site- @PatriotWoodturning. He is a Veteran and a woodturner. Please hop over to his profile and make him feel welcome! What’s Coming Up- As online/virtual teaching continues to grow in popularity, many of us have the opportunity to receive instruction from people/places we might not ever be able to attend. Cinda Drozda has been providing teaching experiences for several months. Her latest class- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Every Monday, Bradley McCalister from Spiracraft, does a live Youtube turning presentation. It is recorded and can be watched at any time. He covers a wide range of topics, materials and techniques. This is a recent presentation- Expand Your Horizons- Rick Morris (Rick Turns) posted a nice video on turning a Sycamore crotch piece into a bowl- New Turning Items- @AndrewB's pen turning post had some comments concerning "collets". Although not a new turning item or one exclusive to woodturning, some turners may not be familiar with what they are or their uses. These can be purchased from most woodworking/turning suppliers such as Woodcraft- https://www.woodcraft.com/products/woodriver-turners-collet-chuck-set-2-mt They can also be made as shown in this article from Woodworker's Journal https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/making-a-forgiving-shopmade-collet-chuck/ Everything Else- Rick Turns YouTube videos from last week- Getting close to finishing up the latest batch of rolling pins. These are the first ones I've made using the new lathe and the re-worked jigs. The one on the left was made a while back and sets in a holder. I see I'm going to have to learn the camera settings on the new phone- the pin holder looks really distorted! The finished rolling pins are about 2" shorter so the ends need trimmed, rounded and sanded. Then finished with mineral oil. The square blank on the right is a custom length one that doesn't fit my tapering jig. Looks like a freehand shape on this one! Safe turning and stay well
  5. Congrats to all of the Patriot Raffle winners. We made our fundraising goal! Hope everyone along the east coast is safe and didn't suffer any damage from the hurricane over the weekend. Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald Started a thread that should generate a lot of input. Sanding your lathe projects. You all know that sanding is my second favorite thing in all the world. Please check out what Gerald's setup is and show us your sanding techniques. @Ron Altier has been frustrated by the U/V finish he has been using. Ron applied it to a beautiful segmented turning only to end up with problems. Ron explains his frustrations in his post- @AndrewB Has been working on several projects this past week. He has been fighting a "wobble" problem with some of his turnings. We have been offering suggestions. Maybe one of you has experienced a similar problem and can help solve this elusive gremlin. Andrew also was having some trouble with tearout on a small bowl on which he is working. We've all been there. Maybe you could share your experiences and advice- It hasn't all been problems for Andrew, however. He showed us a really nice bowl he finished- And, he has pen making down pretty good, too! What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda has another virtual demonstration schedule for this month- Click on the above image for the link to more information Cindy will also be a demonstrator at the virtual Woodturners Worldwide Symposium Click on the above image for the link to the registration site. For The Newbies- Have a lot here for the new turners this week- You don't need a fancy chuck to turn a bowl. Mike Peace's video shows you how to use a Jam Chuck- In that video, Mike used traditional tools for turning. HSS tools must be sharp to give the best and consistent results. Here's a couple of videos demonstrating the sharpening process on some of the common HSS tools- And a couple of videos covering some of the lathe parts- Expand Your Horizons- Tim Yoder posted a video on turning a sphere. There are some jigs available to help create a sphere on the lathe but this jig is a little different. Carl Jacobson turns a beautiful maple burl lidded box. I really like the "lid pull" he added to the top. New Turning Items- Cheated a bit here. This is the set that Tim Yoder used to make the sphere. https://drechsler-wissen.de/produkt/spannvorrichtung-zum-kugeldrechseln-im-set-74-mm-grosses-set/ Everything Else- Rick Turns videos from last week- Not sure why it happened. In the past, I have used the soap soak method and not had any roughed blanks crack or warp. This one made a liar out of me. It's about 8" in diameter and maybe 5"deep. Turned with no trouble. Came out of the soak with no warping or cracking- Put it in a paper bag with shaving for a couple of weeks and when I pulled it - Three cracks developed. This one and another about 180° around the circumference and one near the bottom. I added the walnut dutchmans and am in the process of returning and sanding. Hope it doesn't end up in the trash. Safe turing and stay well
  6. Fairly active week here on our forum with lots of posts and discussions- Please remember that we only have about 2 weeks left to reach our fundraising. Plenty of Raffle tickets left. If you haven't made a donation, please consider it- One last bit of housekeeping. Please remember to add Tags to your posts. The tags make it easier for folks to find similar information throughout our site. Tags can be materials used, tools used, techniques used, finishes used, turner's names, object types, etc, etc. Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB has been busy with his turnings. He is experimenting with various finishes as well as giving us a glimpse of his new toys to drool over! In one post Andrew took us along as he progressed through the making of this cup- He received lots of comments and there was a great back and forth as he worked on it. Andrew is working on a set of these hollowed forms- He gave us a nice pictorial journey with this on- Andrew also got a shipment of new toys. I hope he has had time to wipe off the slobbers from everyone drooling over them. You can see the rest of the haul at- What’s Coming Up- Cindy Drozda continues to do live demonstrations. Check out her schedule at- http://www.cindydrozda.com/html/Demo.html For The Newbies- I have an account on Reddit. While doing a little exploring, I found this in the Turning Forum- https://www.reddit.com/r/turning/wiki/index Quite an extensive list of information for beginners and experienced alike. A nice project that can help you transition from spindle turning to glue block/chuck turning. https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/project-turn-a-trivet-and-wine-caddy/ This project is from the latest Woodworker's Journal Woodturning Monthly. The entire newsletter is available at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email A lot of discussions centered around chucks this week. Here's a video on making a specialized chuck- the Longworth Chuck- Expand Your Horizons- We all like to think our workshops are perfectly laid out and will never change. But just in case, here's Ernie Conover discussing moving one of the heaviest pieces of equipment in the shop- Got an email from Ruth Niles the other day. In it was a repost of an article about selling your work. It's amazing to see how many "Makers" actually earn a comfortable living from their talents. Sorry about the formatting. "Can you make a living with your craft? Here are some excerpts from HANDMADE Business magazine article written by Patrice Lewis. Plus I injected some tips from my own personal experience! Finding your unique niche will probably be the single most enormous hurdle to overcome. The reason this is difficult is most people focus on making items they themselves like. You must consider what competition there is for that particular product and how many others share that interest. Can you make your craft item fast enough to meet demand. If you can only make one a week, you won't be able to make a living. You have to make your item fast enough, without loss of quality, so you can sell them at a moderate price. WHOLESALE vs RETAIL How to market your product will come down to determining if your craft business will be wholesale or retail. Retail is you, you, you: you sell the item, you go to craft shows, you open the storefront, you develop a web page. You probably will need help because if you're doing all this, you won't have time to make any new items. The good part is you keep all the sales money and charge retail prices. By selling wholesale, you don't have to worry about the time and expense of being away from home to sell your craft item. The craft shows are a lot of fun but are also a ton of work and preparation and you have to make a lot of products that you end up bringing home time and again! When you wholesale, you know what to make and how many. Statistics show, while most crafters still prefer retail shows, more revenue is generated from wholesale markets. DON'T QUIT YOUR DAY JOB ...... YET. Rule #1: Until your craft business is profitable, you must live below your means. Don't make the mistake of blowing your early profit on luxuries like restaurant meals or unnecessary electronics. Rule #2: Ditch the debts. Pay off excessive credit card balances, pay down car loans, etc. Watch your spending so you are not tottering under the load of debt. HAVE REALISTIC EXPECTATIONS Can you look at your items unemotionally and rationally to determine which have the potential to be built into a successful business and which should stay as a hobby. Naturally we love what we make and the suggestion that not enough people would be interested in buying that particular item is sort of insulting. TARGET YOUR MARKET You won't do well selling hand-carved dolls at a motorcycle rally. Motorcycle people are not passionate about carved dolls! It's not a marketing match. Carving and painting or making bottle stoppers with hot-air balloons to sell at a Hot-Air Balloon Festival is perfect: or apples at an apple fest. SELF-MOTIVATION (this is my nemesis!) Doing a craft as a part-time hobby and applying yourself to a full-time home craft business is quite another thing. It's not hard to be in your shop producing, it's all the boring stuff that is the hard part. Those who know me, know I really hate the computer work on my website, making ads and doing bookkeeping. Also marketing research is necessary and not a lot of fun. This takes self discipline. No sleeping late and playing solitaire on the computer thinking "I have all day to get all the bowls done." " Last week we mentioned the use of tenos or mortices for a turning. "Rick Turns" posted a video illustrating what can go wrong if the wood isn't solid- New Turning Items- @Jim from Easy Wood Tools shared information about two of their new products. They have completely redesigned their parting tool. It permits deeper cuts than their previous parting tool. It still has the replaceable cutter, however, the new design replaces the cutter and its holder. The carbide tip is permanently affixed to the holder. No more lose tips to worry with. The second new product is a really handy set of flexible templates to help you create the exact sized mortise/tenon for any of the EWT chuck jaws. No need to hassle with calipers, compasses or dividers. Included is a magnetic holder to keep them right on the lathe ready for use. The set I ordered came today and they are so easy to use! Everything Else- Rick Turns posted his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- Started playing with the cherry logs. One of the logs I cut into blocks to try some hollow forms. Once it was rounded, I cut it in half. Less waste. Then created this form. It's partially hollowed. The wood is very wet and needs to dry before continuing. I've been experimenting with the soap solution drying method to reduce cracking. The piece will stay submerged for a couple of days, then moved to a bag of shavings. We'll see what happens. The other half of the block had a split. Turned it into a rough bowl. Got to use the EWT template for setting up the mortise. It's rough turned and submerged in the pot with the hollow form. Safe turning and stay well
  7. Well, June is over half way done and summer begins on Saturday! It was almost a "4 For" Mimi and me. When we were married it was the first day of summer (and the longest day of my life the year). This year the first day of summer falls on June 20. Had it been one day later we could have had Fathers Day, first day of summer, longest day of the year and our anniversary all at once! Please remember that our annual fundraiser/raffle is being held. We still have a ways to go to meet our goal. Check out the details at- Our Patriot Turners- I think the last 2 weeks must have maxed out the Patriot's bandwidth with all of the discussions here on the Turner's Forum. If you missed it last week, @AndrewB was working with his new lathe. We all pitched in to offer advice and the discussion continued well past Wednesday. This picks up the discussion from late Wednesday- @AndrewB showed us some more of his turnings and shared some of his frustrations- Andrew also was wondering about food safe finishes and showed us a new toy he purchased- Please head over to Andrews posts and see if you can offer any suggestions or ideas. Member @Skippack posted a picture of a beautiful maple bowl in our gallery- Please give him a big thumbs up for this awesome piece! @Gerald turned a thin end grain bowl. Gerald explains some of the process and what happens next- @Gunny gave us a look at his gorgeous, finished Lazy Susan- You can read the entire thread here- What’s Coming Up- @Gerald gave me a heads-up for another virtual turning demonstration. Please check this from last Week's "Wednesday's..." Don't forget Cindy Drozda has scheduled additional demonstrations- You can find all of the details at http://cindydrozda.com/ For The Newbies- Last week we mentioned how the different carbide cutter rakes work on a turning I was making. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools was kind enough to provide this PDF file from Easy Wood Tools that illustrates their cutting characteristics- Why is rake important in woodturning Final rev 6.11.2020.pdf The Woodturning Monthly newsletter arrived. There's a really great article discussing how to cut bowl blanks from trees. Great illustrations! The entire newsletter can be viewed at- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/woodturning-monthly/?utm_medium=email Expand Your Horizons- Rick Turns just uploaded a video on turning a bowl from a piece of Mulberry. He then embellished to finished bowl using aan unusual idea- New Turning Items- Our new turning item last week was a heavy duty drive spur. @Gerald provided a link to another one This one has removable/replaceable blades- Click on the image for the link to more information. Woodturners Wonders has a new light available- Click on the above image for the link to more information Everything Else- Rick Turns uploaded his weekly list of YouTube turning videos- I have been following along with @AndrewB's post and his progress with his turnings. Andrew's projects are mostly face glued blanks then mounted with a face plate- perfectly acceptable. But I got to thinking (I know that's dangerous for me!) that instead of flat face glued pieces, longer strips glued-up in a blank can make for some interesting turned patterns when "spindle" turned. Here's an example of what I was thinking- That elm bowl got finished up and Mimi has already given it away- Just mineral oil and beeswax Safe turning and stay healthy
  8. Thunderstorm in progress here this evening. Not too much rain so far. Please remember that our annual fund drive/raffle is in progress. More about the awesome prizes and what we do with the proceeds is found here- Our Patriot Turners- @AndrewB wins the prize this week for the most contributions to our forum! In response to last week's "Wednesday's...", Andrew reviewed is purchase of Savannah carbide tools along with a link to a source- He also provided additional information on the Wen lathe he purchased- Andrew also started a great discussion about which screws to use when turning with a faceplate. Lots of great suggestions and ides were given- After Andrew solved the faceplate problem he showed us his candle holder Check out the great comments and suggestions offered by our forum members- Andrew also asked us about a galloping lathe! Unbalanced turning blanks can get your lathe walking around the shop. He received a bunch of great suggestions on anchoring the lathe. Check out his post and see if you can add any additional ideas- The fact that Andrew asks questions about things of which he is unsure has really brought our forum alive! We have had so many great ideas and suggestions. Thank You all for being here!!! In this post, there are a variety of topics, one leading to another- Please check it out- @Gunny is building a Lazy Susan. He asked us about how he could trim out the disks He is looking for a nautical theme. See his post and give him some ideas- What’s Coming Up- Don't forget that the AAW is presenting their annual symposium as a virtual event- Click on the image above for the link to more information. For The Newbies- A short video from Woodworker's Journal showing how to turn a small yarn bowl from a glued-up blank. Rob Johnstone is the presenter- We often show the work of Carl Jacobson in this weekly post. Here's a link to an article, from Woodcraft, about Carl and his woodworking and woodturning adventures- https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/welcome-to-carl-jacobson-s-world?trk_msg=MG4VHH78BSLKP042QCRGRP2H94&trk_contact=QNSFAEQ45HFA1IHE09ORJKR45S&trk_sid=VE2RTBE6U7IN2QAPIP4HNBNF4S&utm_source=listrak&utm_medium=email&utm_term=WCBLOG%3a+WELCOME+TO+CARL+JACOBSON%26%2339%3bS+WORLD&utm_campaign=Woodcraft's+June+Catalog Expand Your Horizons- Have a chess player in your circle of friends? A nice "Rook Box" turned by Mike Peace- New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders Have a new Drive Spur. If you need a super heavy duty one, this might be what you are looking for- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/lathe-accessories/products/big-bite-jumbo-spur-center Everything Else- Rick Turns weekly YouTube video list for woodturners- There was some discussion in our forum comparing the finish obtainable with carbide cutters vs. traditional HSS tools. I have been messing/experimenting with a chinese elm bowl. It seemed all my tools- negative rake carbide and HSS- were not providing the finish I was looking for. A lot of tear out. Just for the heck of it, I replaced the negative rake cutter on the Easy Wood Tools "Rougher" with their standard Ci1 R2 cutter. Then cranked the speed up to about 1500 RPMs You can see (about in the center of each picture) the change in surface texture between the negative rake and standard cutter. For this particular operation, the standard cutter produced the superior finish. Chinese elm has lovely grain but is not the easiest wood to get a nice finish directly from the tools. Sanded and ready to finish out the bottom. Safe turning and stay healthy
  9. This just popped up this morning! Cindy Drozda is presenting more live, virtual demonstrations- http://www.cindydrozda.com/?fbclid=IwAR1JrEpgclYvhviVtW4b54-OBRCtV-Md1NRf8pNZSdn8O_yHtzU9pHSpOj0 Awesome pricing for lessons from the master of finials!
  10. Decided to make a few finials using Cindy Drozda's spread sheet. Lew posted it in the July 24 Wednesday post. I like those dimensions. Made for a good looking finial. I did a 3" and a 4" to see how the would turn out.
  11. Here's hoping those Patriot members, in or near the path of hurricane Dorian, are safe and well. Our Patriot Turners- @Billy B posted information about his latest basket weave illusion. If you haven't seen his work, you MUST head over to his post and see the miracle transformation he does with a piece of maple! To say our turners were impressed is an understatement- What’s Coming Up- The Ohio Valley Woodturning Guild's symposium is October 17-20. Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. For The Newbies- Turners often would like to sell their pieces but may not always know what route to take. The "Router Forums" has an article that may answer some of those questions. Clicking on the above image will direct you to the article. Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a great video on bowl turning. The Easy Wood turning tools really do make turning a lot easier! Expand Your Horizons- Arguably, Cindy Drozda is the master of finial turning. Her skills at the lathe are reflected in all her work. In this recently posted Youtube video, she demonstrates her skills. Use this link to view the video as it cannot be embedded- https://youtu.be/qL0czX5iQjc If tiny is your thing, check out Tim Yoder's recent post on making goblets! Listen for Tim's endorsement of the Easy Wood Chuck at about 45 seconds into the video! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders are stocking a new sharpening system for lathe tools. The Kodiak Sharpening system, used in conjunction with your grinder, helps make sharpening easier and more accurate. Check it out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-systemhttps://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/kodiak-sharpening-system Spiracraft is now stocking pressure pots and vacuum chambers as well as resin casting chemicals and supplies. Check out their new stuff at- https://shop.spiracraft.com/product-category/resin-casting/ Everything Else- Rick turns posted his August update for YouTube woodturning videos. Thank You, Rick! Seems like it has been months since I was able to spend time at the lathe. You may remember my failure as I was practicing a hollow vessel. Failure or re-design opportunity. I hate to give up. The hollow vessel was turning into a small oddly shaped bowl. Maybe I could make a lid! Now, the astute observer will notice that an item that has often been the brunt of jocularity has been replaced. The little bowl has a hat! The outside spiraling was done with a Sorby spiraling tool. The inside spirals were a happy accident using the new Easy Wood Tools mini straight hollower. The little hat needed a top OK, I took it a little farther. I wanted to try something different. The spiral embellishment is covered with copper leaf. The texture telegraphed through the copper but I probably should have cut the spiral a little deeper to provide more definition. I still need to finish the entire piece with a protective coating. Probably clear gloss poly. It was turned completely with Easy Wood Tools- with the exception of the spiral detail. I am calling this piece- "Klaatu Barada Nikto". Safe turning
  12. 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
  13. 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
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