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  1. One of these days, I'm gonna surprise you all and actually do some turning. But in the meantime let's not forget our pledge to make our "adopted" family's Christmas the best ever- Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker added more birdhouse ornaments to the bunch he already completed. I think he must be staying up nights! Steve shows us some of the fantastic details on these, in his post- @HandyDan cranked out a slew of awesome looking Awls. As always, Dan provides detailed descriptions of his process. H
  2. Beautiful day here in south central Pennsylvania. Got my garlic planted and the leaves raked. Our Patriot Turners- @PostalTom added this to the general woodworking forum but it applies to turners, too. We all use glue! Thaks, Tom for a great discussion. Although he was away for a while, @Steve Krumanaker hasn't lost a bit of his turning talents. Steve gave us a peek at his birdhouse ornaments- He also posted one of his segmented birdhouses Please check out both his posts and give him your comme
  3. 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 tec
  4. Another week in the books. We've had a beautiful stretch of nice weather here in South Central PA. Unfortunately it has been so dry that the forest service is predicting very muted colors on the trees as the the leaves change. Our Patriot Turners- @Masonsailor reminded us that Christmas isn't that far away! He has started in on his gifts already He received lots of positive comments on this ice cream scoop- Of course, @Ron Altier is always prepared for Christmas! He gave us a look at a couple of new ornaments he turned. As al
  5. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our annual fundraiser/raffle. There are some awesome prizes to be had! Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier created some entirely different type of ornaments than he usually does. Even though they weren't done on the lathe, I think they deserve a spot here in our forum. Ron describes the process in his post- @AndrewB is putting his Wen benchtop lathe through its paces! He is turning another candle holder from a glued up blank Check his posts for our
  6. All items here are turned . Gift items , bowls , ornaments, toys, hollow forms, unique turned wooden gifts. We turn items from wood having sentimental value for a permanent memory. When that tree is ready to come down call us for estimates.
  7. Another Wednesday rolls around! Our Patriot Turners- @Pauley Has been busy creating some fantastic items! Please check out his post and see some more of his turnings and how he created some of the effects- @Ron Altier finished up a beautiful spalted ornament- Ron gives us an explanation of what he did and some of the problems he overcame in this one- @Woodbutcherbynight posted a little turning he did- Sometimes the simplest things can be anything but easy! Here's his post-
  8. First batch of ornaments for the year. Mostly maple, cherry, and walnut, there are a couple sycamore globes. There is one sea urchin ornament, that one has ebony finials. We spent a few days on Jacksonville beach with my wife's brother and his wife. Two of our best friends in the world. Picked some sea urchins and this ornament will go to them as a remembrance. Most of these are dyed "inside out". A couple local gift shops sell a few of these and those are the most popular. To me, it's hard beat just plain wood grain. Thanks for looking! Steve
  9. There are still a few days remaining to help with our Wounded Warrior Family Adoption project. If you haven't made your donation, yet, please see this link- https://thepatriotwoodworker.com/forums/topic/27849-the-patriot-woodworkers-with-operation-ward-57-adopt-a-wounded-warrior-family-for-the-holidays-2019 Been thinking that maybe I might get started on Christmas shopping, next week...maybe... Our Patriot Turners- Our members have been really active this week. Lots pf projects and comments- @Ron Altier has been working on ornaments.
  10. Wishing everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving, tomorrow. Please don't forget that we are in the midst of our Adopt a Wounded Warrior Family project. We still need about $500 to meet our goal. While we are giving thanks for what we have, let us not forget about those who sacrificed so much to provide us with that opportunity. Our Patriot Turners- We have had an outstand running thread this past week from @MountainGaurdian. He is setting up his lathe and turning some really neat projects! There have tons of comments, questions and answers. Naturally, this item ca
  11. Hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away! I'll be subbing tomorrow so I guess the kids will be getting wound up! You may have noticed the new green banner at the top of the Patriot web pages. Our annual Adopt A Wounded Warrior Family Christmas Drive has started. Each year, we open our hearts and our wallets to make sure a deserving family has a memorable Christmas. Our goal, this year, is $1500 but we are only half way there with just 30 days left to make this their best Christmas ever. To encourage you to donate, our very generous sponsors have provided some awes
  12. Today I finished and hung my Christmas tree ornament display above the fireplace. It is 6 feet tall with 76 ornaments that I made of mostly of exotic woods. That includes the angel on top. I've made about 150, I do NOT sell them, I give them to my wife, daughters and grandchildren. I've made over 150 and enjoy each and every one
  13. Handy Dan's Cross Christmas Ornament really got me.... so simple and so beautiful. So many of you inspire me to become a better turner. I really like to have instructions in my hand to follow along when making something with exacting instructions. So with Dan's permission I created a PDF sheet on how to turn this project. Now I'll have printed instructions with me when I attempt this one. No excuses now.... Thanks Handy Dan! I also posted this on the EWT FB Page (With @HandyDan's permission) Inside Out Cross Ornament.pdf
  14. Starting with the bad news first- just 5 days left until your Income Taxes are due. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker turned a bunch of garden dibbles as practice for a demo he was preparing for the turning club to which he belongs. Lots of comments and some questions about the project. Steve also followed up on how the demonstration went. See Steve's entire post at- @Ron Altier created more ornament magic with the colored plywood. He certainly is the master of these items- Ron explains his turning at-
  15. A big thank you to @John Morris for a beautiful ornament! Turned with purple heart and the Nativity Star was painted by his daughter. Wonderful!
  16. So proud of my granddaughter - Anna and the progress she is making with her carving. She is a natural - she listens and follows directions and suggestions very well. Here is this years Christmas ornament for her Mom and Dad - a Fisherman ornament from Woodcarving Illustrated. Our schedules did not provide enough time to get it painted - but that will happen this week. Love you Anna! (BTW - her younger brother Cole is on his was into carving as well - just started teaching him the different cuts: push, pull and stop - he will be ready soon to tackle some basic carvings - Love you too Cole!)
  17. Almost done with Christmas gifts. This year is a bell with a bell inside. Got the second coat on last night. Now to put in the bells
  18. The Patriot's Wounded Warrior Christmas Raffle is on! There are some great prizes donated by our very generous sponsors. But the real winners are going to be the Bassett kids on Christmas morning. Please consider purchasing tickets and let's make this the best Christmas ever for the Bassett family. More information about the family and the raffle is in this post- Our Patriot Turners- The turning club that @Gerald belongs to is having a demo and sales event. Gerald build a test arena to provide the kids a testing place for the spinning tops. Nothing like han
  19. Last day for relatives. Spent the day driving around the Gettysburg Battlefield. No matter how many times you go there, it is always sobering. Our Patriot Turners- @Ron Altier posted a question about gluing acrylic to wood. He received a few responses. Pease check out his post and provide him with your experiences- Ron also posted a knitting needle vase he made for his wife- Ron describes the materials and their history in his post- @hawkeye10 is looking for some input on a new four jaw chuck. He re
  20. A lot of things happening here at the Patriot this week, so we'll get right to it! Our Patriot Turners- The Easy Wood Tools Christmas tree is going to be spectacular this year thanks to the talents of our turners. @Jim from Easy Wood Toolshas been keeping us up-to-date this the ornaments he has received from our members. The children of some of the employees decorated several of the ornaments they received- It looks like they really had an enjoyable time with this. Jim also showed us some of the other ornaments he receiv
  21. Still chilly here but tomorrow I'll spend inside riding herd on 20 tenth, eleventh and twelfth graders in Computer Tech- should be an exciting day! Remember there is still time to send ornaments to @Jim from Easy Wood Tools to help decorate the Easy Wood Tools lobby Christmas tree! We've had a great response to Jim's request but I'm sure they would be grateful for more! Our Patriot Turners- Last week's "Wednesday's.." post got @DAB in the mood for turning. He made a sweet little bowl that will be a prize given to a member of the pistol club to which h
  22. From summer to winter in 3 days. You gotta love Pennsylvania weather! There's still time to get your ornaments into Easy Wood Tools and @Jim from Easy Wood Tools! If you are making some basic ones that will need finished, they have volunteers waiting! Check out @John Morris's post for more details and where to send them- Our Patriot Turners- Speaking of ornament, or turners have been busy! @Ron Altier sent our friends at Easy Wood Tools these beauties- There was a bit of confusion as to the identity of the maker b
  23. Again, Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Gerald and @Steve Krumanaker- those would be displayed just as you made them-- No Paint!! I
  24. I have been working on some angel ornaments for Christmas. Here's where I am at so far. Have some bodies and wing sets done. The finished one in the front is what they will look like.
  25. The sun has finally returned and the humidity is a little lower. More like fall. Before we get started on this week's stuff, I'd like to remind you of the request from @Jim from Easy Wood Tools. The generous folks at Easy Wood Tools are decorating their lobby for Christmas and would like to use turned ornaments for the tree. The ornaments don't have to be finished. Plain wooden ones will be painted by volunteers at Easy Wood Tools. The ornaments can be simple turnings from non-descript wood. However, if you wish to make some fancy ones- think of the type made by @Ron Altier, @Geral
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