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Here we are, into March already. Hard to believe. The robins have been here for a couple of weeks so I guess spring can't be too far away. Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan used his machinist skills to design and build a really useful drilling attachment for his lathe. His tailstock quill was reengineered for easier drilling- Dan received lots of comments on his work! Please check out more images and some of the things our members had to say! @RustyFN 's new lathe was delivered this week! I hope we didn't cause it to rust too badly with all of the drooling! He has it in place, fired up and makin' shavings! Our gang didn't waste any time in congratulating him and making comments! @Fred W. Hargis Jr is still practicing and getting ready to turn the table legs out of cherry. This picks up where he left off last week- Our turners have been providing lots of encouragement and advice - @AndrewB is finishing up a Pepper grinder- He is refining the jig he is using to hold the pieces while turning- Andrew turned another grinder from a 4 x 4 instead of a glued up lamination. Looks good so far! Check out our turner's comments on his progress- What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information. Click on the above image for more information and registration. Carl Jacobson is doing a live turning demo on YouTube- https://www.youtube.com/c/CarlJacobson/featured Highland Woodworking is presenting Pete Wiens doing a rope bowl with beading. For more information, click on the above image. For The Newbies- There are always a lot of questions about turning a green bowl from start to finish. Craft Supplies USA produced a video showing the process- Expand Your Horizons- The bowl video illustrates turning a bowl in the "tradition" fashion- the grain running across the diameter of the bowl. Another method of making bowls is to have the grain oriented vertically from the top to the bottom of the bowl. Turning end grain efficiently often calls for specialized tools. In this video, Jim Rodgers, illustrates the use of some of the tools. The bowl video illustrates turning a bowl in the "tradition" fashion- the grain running across the diameter of the bowl. Another method of making bowls is to have the grain oriented vertically from the top to the bottom of the bowl. With Saint Patrick's day approaching, who else but Tim Yoder would turn a shamrock! Although I thought that thing would come flying off the lathe at any minute, Carl Jacobson succeeded in completing this scoop! New Turning Items- Hold on to that stimulus check. I'll find something for you to spend your loot! Everything Else- Last week, @HandyDan showed us some of the pens he turned for our troops. Eddie Castelin (Capt. Eddie) posted a plea for turners to get involved with this worthwhile cause. If you are interested- Last Weeks YouTube woodturning video list from Rick Turns- It was rainy and ugly out on Sunday so I had a little time to work on the revised steady rest. Spent a fair amount of time over the last couple of weeks working with Sketchup to get the dimensions correct. Have most of the pieces cut, drilled and fitted. Some parts are assembled but the most critical dimension will have to be done when all the parts are cut and clamped together. The wheels have to be centered on the headstock drive center point. Safe turning and stay well