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The much advertised heat wave is supposed to roll into our area tomorrow. Seems like every network news broadcast has to have a "weather" report. Strange. Lots happening around the Patriot this week. @Ron Altier turned a beautiful ornament using a sea urchin skeleton. The urchin has amazing patterns and markings. Read his post to see the compliments from our members- Ron also received the highest compliment imaginable from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. Jim asked Ron for one of his ornaments to help decorate the Christmas tree at the Easy Wood Tools headquarters!!!!!!!! @Ron Dudelston had a new student in his shop. Ron and his daughter turned a an epoxy bowl. Here's the link to the video- https://www.facebook.com/ron.dudelston/videos/10211858367956604/ and here's Dad showing us how it's done- https://www.facebook.com/shellyreneeneal/videos/10156626150220625/. Sweet looking bowl!! @Gerald has been making more ringmaster bowls. Gerald makes his bowls unique by adding pyrography decorations. Gerald added more pictures in his post- @Smallpatch is getting close to finishing up his teapots. More about the process and some pictures at- A couple of events coming up in the near future. The Mid Atlantic Woodturning symposium will be held in September. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. In October, the Segmented Woodturners Symposium is scheduled. Click on the above image to go to the registration information. @Jim from Easy Wood Tools Easy Wood Tools shared a video on making finials by Tracey Malady. We have featured finial videos in the past. I liked this video because it explains the authors procedure very plainly. I had the opportunity to test drive the new Easy Wood Tools Mid Size Micro Detailer. This tool differs from the original EWT detailer in that the cutting tip comes to a distinct, sharp point. This new point permits much crisper transition and more precise corners. I used an ebony piano keys to create a finial (should have watched the video first). The more pointed cutter really makes a difference! Comparing the original detailer (left) and the new micro detailer- I was pretty proud of myself- Until- I had never worked with any other ebony. The piano keys were very old so maybe that caused them to be brittle. In other exciting news, a turning club near Lancaster wants me to put on a demonstration for their group! I am really thrilled to be able to help them out. It's not until August but I've already started getting some stuff together. They want some spindle work as well as small bowls. For the spindle, I thought they might be interested in seeing how a seemingly square pattern turns into a Celtic knot. I have this blank prepared- Next, I'll get some of that flame box elder ready for a bowl. Safe turning
I'm going to have to think of myself as a turner in training, coz' I just bought a PM 3520B Tricked out with some options. Delivery in a few days. Now I gotta think about tooling. My current crop of lathe tools is abysmal. I have two nice gouges, but the rest of my kit is all of a piece from a box of tools that I got free and were not worth much more than I paid. No name junk sold to people who dunno what they are doing.
Hey guys, check out one of our newest members- "Hindy"- http://thepatriotwoodworker.com/profile/4253-hindy/?do=content&change_section=1 He has some awesome stuff. Then check out his websites for more projects that will make you drool!! http://www.houzz.fr/pro/tourautourabois/tour-au-tour-a-bois http://tourautourabois.jimdo.com/
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