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Posted some of this in Monday topic and got another done today. These are the first two eggs. The top one I call Cracked Egg . It had cracks in it so I carved it and burned the carvings. The second was burned using a coiled wire to create the pattern. No finish on any as is pic time. This one I call Independence Egg. The blank is a glue up of 4 pieces of curly maple left over from the Clewes demos. Was not sure how this would look but after dye and acrylic applied turned out better than I thought.
The heatwave has finally broken here in south central PA. I guess the grass will start growing again. Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN turned another beautiful bowl from a glued up blank of several different species. Rusty got lots of great comments about his work and answered questions about his procedure. @gerald has gone organic on us! I think he may have had a flashback to the 60's with these cute mushrooms! He explains his coloring process in this post- And, Gerald, received quite an honor for his turned eggs. He showed us his egg turnings a couple of weeks ago and entered them in his club's challenge and this one came in first. Congrats Gerald! What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Leesburg, VA area, the Makersmiths are having an Introduction to Woodturning. Click on the above image for the link to more information. For The Newbies- Here's a cute little turning project from Tim Yoder. Mostly spindle turning with some woodworking and pyrography thrown in. Expand Your Horizons- @Gerald posted a link to a great tutorial on hollow turning. You can check out his post and find the link here- New Turning Items- Although not a new product, I recently watched Bradley McCalister do a turning. He wore a face shield that incorporated goggles. The design looked like it allows the use of prescription lens and possibly a low profile dust mask. I have not tried this mask. Available from Amazon- https://www.amazon.com/Jackson-Safety-Shield-Protection-Goggle/dp/B000RMF5PQ/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_328_t_2?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=E27R12J12DSZZYVT041H If you are looking for a new lathe light, the folks at Woodturners Wonders have a sale on a nice light at a great price- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/outlet-products/products/quasar-magnetic-lamp-factory-second Everything Else- Last week I posted a link to a spreadsheet for helping to get ratio and proportions of a finial. Well, the results of the calculations do make a nicer shaped finial. You have seen this picture before. The finial wasn't very graceful- Using the spreadsheet to determine the lengths and diameters, I turned another one. The shape is a Cindy Drozda design- I like this one a lot better. Side by side- The thing I discovered was that the spreadsheet's starting point is the height of the finial. This can be problematic because all of the other dimensions hinge on that number. If you already have the vessel turned, as I did, and you want a long finial- the base of the finial may end up being larger that the vessel's opening rim. I went back and modified the spreadsheet to calculate the the maximum height of the finial based on the rim diameter. Entering the rim diameter in "cell B17" will calculate the max value of H which then can be entered into "cell B1". The spreadsheet is still located at- https://drive.google.com/file/d/1dZTi9FvkfC9OBwN2VnOnV2MGJVWpKw11/view?usp=sharing Safe turning
The old dogwood tree, in the backyard, has its' blossoms almost open. I replanted that tree as a small "sapling" when I moved here over 50 years ago. Spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker has been turning more honey dippers and lids. He utilized his shop built laser and decorating "elf" to embellish the turnings. Steve received lots of comments and questions on his procedures- Steve also showed us a walking stick he is making, One of the additions to the stick he has used in the past is to mount a small compass in the handle. Unfortunately, he is having trouble finding a source for his original compasses. Check out Steve's post and maybe you can give him a source for this very specific piece of hardware- Steve's decorating of his honey dipper lids inspired @HandyDan to post his version of the "decorating elf". Just goes to prove there is more than one way to accomplish the same ends- Dan shows us how he made his tool in this post- @Ron AltierPosted a timely image of his Easter Eggs. Timely not only because of the holiday but also the method of decorating. See more of his Easter basket in his post- New member @Mijohnson1984 was offered a deal on a used lathe and asked our members their opinions on it. He received lots of feedback on it. Check out his post and see if you can add anything- Matt also showed us his first turned bowl- Lots of praise and comments for his work. Read more- What’s Coming Up- If you are in the Washington DC area, the Smithsonian Craft Show is coming up- Click on the above image for a link to the wood turning information. Captain Eddie is having a contest. He wants us to send pictures of "tops" that we turn. He is giving away some cool prizes. Here is his video explaining the contest- the contest information starts about 11 minutes- For The Newbies- One of the problems I had as a new turner (and truthfully still experience) is creating something that has pleasing proportions. If I had paid attention is school, I would probably have been aware of the "Golden Ratio" and how it can help create well proportioned designs. Well, ratio implies math- another of my weaknesses- so I probably would have avoided learning about it anyway. Fortunately, for those of use who are math challenged, there is an easy to make measuring device to eliminate any calculations. Mike Peace recently posted a video describing the construction of a Fibonacci gauge that can be used to help get turnings more pleasingly proportioned. Expand Your Horizons- Our very generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) shared a video from Heath Knuckles. Heath is a fantastic turner who does much of his work in acrylic/wood hybrids. His abilities and imagination are wondrous. Heath is a champion of the new Easy Wood Tools negative rake cutters and for good reason. Watch and be amazed- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders have several great deals available. Here's the link to their main site- https://woodturnerswonders.com/ Everything Else- Carl Jacobson just added a video of a shop made "off-set" turning jig. What I found interesting was that the jig could allow for the addition of counterbalances that would help reduce vibration for those of use with lighter weight/benchtop lathes. I'm not really thrilled with his mounting method. See what you think- Safe turning
I just finished the last wooden egg and added it to the 10 others to complete Karen's Easter basket. Each egg is turned out of hardwood and I used a chatter tool to create the distinctive designs. Getting used to the tool, speed and applications was fun. Then I applied some different techniques with paint, markers and pencils and I learned as I went. The first few had to be redone and I also kept some that looked great, but weren't perfect egg shapes.