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Started yet again on another project this time another Walnut Claro. This one is one of the ones from Cook Woods. I'm starting to see some issues with carving down blocks that are only 4x4x4 into a bowl shaped object or cup shape object. Its a lot of material yes. How ever I'm considering going back to the 6x6x3's and working with those types of blanks since they might go easier on me since I'm getting the tennon and mortise practice down. I am still contemplating on when I should start on trying out on pens and what not. I'm a bit hesitant on that for some reason. I wasn't happy with the other two that I had made so I want to try again with this one. Now that I have the negative rakes on my tools it should be a lot easier to get a nice shape on the inside. I'm hoping that the tennon should be long enough for the hollowing process once I get to it. Here we go again. If anything at least I'm learning slowly but surely.
First off I did order myself a pen making kit from rockler.com website. I also had placed an order for a set of cole jaws from Amazon website. and I ordered a bit of wood from Cook Woods out of Kalamath Oregon. Going to give them a try for bowl blanks their pricing is reasonable and ships rather fast if you're on the west coast. The coal jaws I havent quite got figured out as of yet, but once I get them set up I'm sure I'll be good to go. As for cook wooks I'm not sure of them as of yet but they may be receiving more orders. Not sure what the heck is up with UPS lately but I had a tool stolen out of a package I had ordered for a sander and yea wasn't thrilled with that but I got a refund for the trouble. The pen kit should be fun to try out I did order that off the rockler page. decent price as well get quite a few things with it including an MT2 turning jig for your lathe. So not too bad plus all the right drill bits youll need. So that should be fun and interesting to get into. Not to sure what everybody else's thoughts are on pen turning but I would like to give it a go. Also I'm not quite sure what to make of the odd angled cut maple blanks. Either way shouldn't be too much of an issue. If you guys have any suggestions for pen turning I'm all ears. (it wasn't a cheap kit)