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  1. Our member @Gerald is recovering from knee surgery and some complications. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker decided to get a head start on next years Christmas ornaments! Steve does awesome turnings and embellishments. Check out our member's comments- @RustyFN asked a question concerning a specific bowl saver system. If you can give him some information, I'm sure he would appreciate it. @knockonit posted some of his recently turned rolling pins in the "What's On Your Workbench" forum. You can see his post at- @Grandpadave52 gave us a heads up on a video from Tom Silva (This Old House). Tom makes a segmented bowl. Dave's post is here- We've had entries in both our continuing threads of lathe projects. From "What's On Your Lathe" an almost finished platter And from the "Off The Lathe And Just Finished" thread- @RustyFN showed us his sweet pyrography work on his latest bowl- Also posted was a little, odd shaped walnut bowl- You can catchup on this thread at- What’s Coming Up- Just after the first of the month and the "4-Ways" video series continues. From Sam Angelo From Tomislav Tomasic From Richard Raffan- From Mike Peace- Free web presentation from All Things Woodturning- Registration link- https://streamyard.com/watch/gGs2fUP3i5Fq?receiptful=65c254ccf68490003ed627d1&utm_source=CM Commerce&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newsletter-314&utm_term=newsletter&utm_content=other&receiptfultype=newsletter For The Newbies- A turning tip for finishing, from Lyle Jamieson- Expand Your Horizons- I saw this finished item on a couple of social media sites and was intrigued by how it was made. Then this popped up! Tim Yoder turned a "bowl from a board" In the video he used a device from Ron Brown's Best. https://longworthchuck.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=64 Kind of a neat idea from Alan Stratton. I'm always amazed at how easily he make it look to turn spheres. New Turning Items- From Ron Brown's Best- And a sale on sanding supplies from Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/ultimate-sanding-system?_kx=gV5SF2As_3IwtBi5TrpHVQM0F3UvGVbQKzhWGippDlk%3D.VJvU8R Everything Else- Today was laser day in my shop. Had several turnings and other stuff that needed signed/dated. The little scissor lift works really well for focus adjustments. I usually wait until I have several items as it requires a little space to set up everything. Safe turning
  2. Can you believe it? November already!! Our Patriot Turners- @Steve Krumanaker Finished up his turned, carved and pyro embellished platter. It is incredible- Check out this post for other images and the positive comments from our turners- Steve also showed us some really special ornaments he turned from his scrap bin- I really love these birdhouses! Included in his post is an image of some really nide ornament display stands. Check it out- @Ron Altier created an angular ornament that has some lathe work, too. Ron shows us how he created the pyramid shaped top- @RustyFN finished up a beautiful pecan bowl. Really spectacular grain patterns- See his post for more images @Headhunter spent some long awaited quality time at the lathe using his Ringmaster tool. Looks like he has lost any of his skills while away! These are some real beauties!! Check out more of his bowls in this post- We've also had a couple of questions posted this week. First comes from @smitty10101. Smitty is trying to match the headstock spindle to some of his accessories. Seems like his lathe had metric threads and he needs to adapt to Imperial threads. Please check out this post and offer any suggestions for sources- The second question came from @Jlockard1 and was posted in a thread started by @Ron Altier on stainless steel measuring cup kits. Jamie found the quality of the PSI cups less than satisfactory due to poor quality of the welds. He wondered if anyone could provide a source for a better quality kit. He explains in his post to Ron's thread- If you know of a source, please give him a heads up. What’s Coming Up- If you missed Cindy's live hollowing presentation, using Lyle Jamieson's equipment, she posted it to YouTube- From the AAW, Todd Raines will have an lesson on turning candlesticks. Looks like these will make super Christmas presents- For registration- https://community.woodturner.org/events/event-description?CalendarEventKey=4c1e49a4-b327-419c-8977-83da01e77a45&Home=%2fevents%2fmanage-events&_zs=ceDib&_zl=npbJ3 Picked this up from social media. Our very generous sponsor, Easy Wood Tools, is helping out with the Small Turning Expo! Registration and more information from this link- https://www.accelevents.com/e/mpg-small-turning-expo For The Newbies- Looking for some ideas for Christmas gifts? Christmas ornaments might just be the ticket! From Alan Stratton- Burls (burrs) can be used to create some gorgeous turnings. Mike Peace has posted a video covering some of the information to help you get started- Picked this up from Ron Brown's Newsletter- "The Divot – A Turner’s Secret Weapon Def: a small dent: a small depression or hollow Some things are intuitive and just obvious, but the importance of the divot was not one of them for me. I had been turning for quite a while before Chris Stott, a well-known English turner looked at me with amazement and asked, “Why don’t you leave the divot?” Chris was spending a week with me during one of his annual summer trips to America. He is the author of “Turned Lidded Boxes – 50 designs”. That book became a springboard for my turning career because it laid the foundation for so many basic skills one needs as a turner. Chris is the same professional turner who asked me on the second day if we were friends yet. I said yes and he replied, “Everything you are doing is wrong!” Let’s learn the right way. And so it began. Chris explained how incredibly handy leaving a divot until the last possible moment could be with all sorts of projects. Bowls, plates, platters, hollow forms, etc. When you turn the tenon on the bottom and form the outside, make a divot in the very center of the tenon and leave it there for now. During the last step, cleaning up the bottom and removing the tenon, the divot will act as an easy center-locating device. No matter what device you use to grip your project for the last step, using the divot and a cone center in the tailstock will help you perfectly re-center it quickly and easily. This applies to Longworth-style chucks, doughnut chucks, friction chucks, all kinds of jamb chucks both internal and external, Cole jaws, Nova chuck jaws, and vacuum chucks. Spindle turnings – turned lidded boxes, acorns, Christmas ornament globes, spheres, etc. For spindle-turned projects that require you to turn them end-for-end to work on what was the headstock end, a divot can be incredibly useful for quickly aligning it to run concentrically when you turn it around. As an example, let’s consider any small turned-lidded box project. There are two pieces to plan for: the base and the lid. Both will need to be flipped end-for-end, once to finish the inside and once to finish the outside. A divot speeds up this process immensely rather than the old turn and tap method. My turning life got much less difficult when Chris taught me this simple trick. Just as a divot helps us keep our turning work centered, our faith in the One who holds our tomorrow helps keep us centered when our day-to-day world tries to get out of alignment. For that kind of divot, I use my daily guide for living. Remember that wherever you go, there you are." Expand Your Horizons- These videos are from the AAW and provide maybe a little more information than you ever wanted to know about spalting. New Turning Items- Niles Bottle Stoppers has a new stopper design. These can really help focus on the stopper tops you design. Check them out at- https://nilesbottlestoppers.com/product/ss-7000-bottle-stopper/ Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  3. I think this is done, there are a couple areas I may darken a little and obviously it has no finish on it just yet. Not sure if I want go glossy or semi gloss. This is the "top". The center motif is one of my favorite zentangle patterns, "phicops in a circle". Have no idea where the name comes from but that's what the original author named it. At any rate, I think it's a great pattern and have used it often. This is the underside. I may do a little more shading on the motif as the picture makes it look lighter than I'd noticed. This will be gifted and unlikely as it is I don't want to take a chance on the couple seeing it just yet so their names are blacked out.
  4. Did a few of these a while back but it's been a while. This is soft maple, turned to about 2.5mm or 3/32" and just over 12" diameter. It will get my version of a basket weave illusion done with piercing and pyrography. This is the basic pattern, it's adapted from a Polynesian Lei, Lei weave which is normally done with water hyacinth reeds. The "X" areas will get pierced and the rest will get wood burned and shaded to produce the basket weave illusion. Have just started to layout the grid lines to draw the pattern. That's an LED lamp on the back side. Produce_0.mp4 Hoping this one turns out as it's intended tobe a gift.
  5. I posted this in a separate listing in the Turner's Forum earlier this week but am adding it here to help spread the word. During SWAT, our most generous sponsor- Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) donated the profits from a special T-Shirt sale to the Vetsturn program provided by ToolMetrix. The Vetsturn program is looking for 8 additional qualified veterans to participate in their next session. They have posted this YouTube video with the information and additional details. Please watch this video at the YouTube site and check out the links provided for additional information and links. In addition, the following link will take you to an article in The Woodworker's Journal detailing the program- https://www.woodworkersjournal.com/vetsturn-helping-heal-ptsd-through-turning/ Our Patriot Turners- @HandyDan was kind enough to create a detailed how-to on his baby rattles. The complete steps are here- Thanks, Dan! @forty_caliber worked on rough turning some pecan bowl blanks. These surely have some gorgeous grain- More about each one can be found in these posts- "Forty" also posted a picture of some bowl blanks from which he is going to turn presents for his Mrs. The blanks are from Cook Woods- Check out his post for more about the species. @aaronc posted images of some maple limbs he cut and set aside for turning. The dark and contrasting light colors should make for some fantastic turnings. Check out his post at- @Steve Krumanaker started a large platter on which he will perform his pyrography magic! In his post, Steve shows us a bit his plan for the design- What’s Coming Up- Last week we mentioned the 2022 Christmas ornament contest was about to start. Here's the video with all of the necessary information- For The Newbies- The screw chuck is often overlooked as a method of holding pieces on the lathe. In these two Richard Raffan videos, he demonstrates using this method for several types of turnings Expand Your Horizons- Picked this up from the AAW. Using the beading tool to create some nice designs- Last week we posted a video from Alan Stratton where he turned a vase from OSB. He has since improved the end results by stabilizing the material. Bird house turnings make fine Christmas ornaments. With the ornament contest just starting, this video from Mike Peace may give you some ideas for an entry- New Turning Items- Woodturners Wonders has a sale on lights- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Whether you are doing an IRD, in-person demo or instructional video, these are some great tips from Ron Brown. Copied and pasted from Mr. Brown's newsletter: Start At The End That sounds backward. There is a very famous quote from Napoleon Hill, “What the mind can conceive, it can achieve.” Scripture tells us that “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” If you will take the time to see the end, the finished project, and the final result before you ever begin, all you have to do is figure out how to get there from here. If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll get there every time, and all too often, you won’t like where you ended up. In this age of YouTube, Vimeo, and TikTok videos, it aggravates me to no end when folks present a video of them making something. They start at the beginning without any preview of the finished project. You most often have no inkling of even what they are making until almost the very end. And about 90% of the time, it was something I had no interest in viewing. My plea, especially in this age of hybrid meetings including Zoom, is to begin at the end. Have examples of the finished project, or at least illustrations so folks know where you are going. Then show them how you get there. Your presentations will be much more effective when your audience knows where you expect to end up. That approach also keeps you focused on the end result of your process. As an example, let us use something as simple as turning a natural edge bowl from green wood. It could even be a limb or a branch. 1. Show a finished natural edge bowl so folks know what you are talking about. 2. Begin with a half log with the bark still attached. 3. Mount the blank in the lathe between centers with the bark side toward the headstock. 4. Bring up the live center and shape the outside of the bowl including a tenon at the tailstock end. Be sure to leave a divot in the center of the tenon. You will need it later. 5. Sand and finish everything but the tenon. 6. Turn the blank around and mount it in a 4-jaw chuck. 7. Remove the inside and turn the walls to final thickness leaving the bark attached. 8. Use a jamb chuck to press against the inside of the bowl and turn it around with the tenon toward the tailstock. 9. Use the divot you created in the center of the tenon. Place the point of your live center in the divot and lock the bowl against the jamb chuck. 10. Carefully shape, or remove, the tenon down to a small nub and finish the outside of your bowl. 11. Remove the bowl from the lathe and finish the nub by hand. 12. Since the blank was green, it will go oval. Expect it, celebrate it, love it. 13. You can leave the bowl unfinished, but my preference is to apply a few coats of Walnut Oil finish. You began by showing folks a finished Natural Edge Bowl so they knew what it should look like. Then you executed all of the steps to make one before their very eyes. When you finished, they knew what to expect and how they can do it themselves. You are a master!!! You may have been the most effective demonstrator they ever saw. Follow this recipe and you will have great success every time. Remember that wherever you go, there you are. Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Safe turning
  6. Congrats to all the winners of our summer fundraising/raffle event. A great big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in helping keep our site alive!! The Patriot Woodworker site is dedicated to helping veterans. Our very generous sponsor Easy Wood Tools ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools ) is offering a limited edition T-Shirt and they are being sold to support combat veterans through VetsTurn. Please show your support by ordering a shirt today. The shirts are $35 each and include shipping within the USA. Please consider helping out VetsTurn and our combat veterans. Shirts can be ordered at https://www.easywoodtools.com/ Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald gave us a look at a tool stand he made. This one certainly won't tip over! Gerald tells us about where he got the base in his post- What’s Coming Up- From the AAW list of upcoming events- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-kitchen-series-part-one-woodturning-platte-tickets-392861458197 For The Newbies- Mike Peace continues to produce short videos covering turning topics often over looked. This one is on lathe vibration- You don't necessarily need a large chunk of a log to turn something beautiful. In this video, Richard Raffan demonstrates using a flitch to create bowl blanks. Watch how a professional handle the occasional chuck problems, too. Here's a project that can be sent home with the grandkids. Take the phone off of the hook after they leave- Expand Your Horizons- It has always bothered me to waste so much material when creating a bowl. In this video, Mike Peace visits a turner who demonstrates using the Oneway Coring System- I know @Steve Krumanaker and @Gerald both embellish their turnings with pyrography techniques. This video, from the AAW, provides some tips for those who might be interested in getting started with this- Not a material I have ever considered using to do a turning but Alan Stratton creates a really nice looking segmented vase from OSB! Mike Waldt turns a gorgeous vessel from "American Mountain Mahogany". I had never heard of this species but it sure is beautiful when turned- New Turning Items- Not a new item but new sale price from Woodturners Wonders- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/weekly-sale Everything Else- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- If you missed the online Virtual Craft Festival last week, each presenter's video is listed in Rick's post. Safe turning
  7. Since I started burning I gave gotten a little carried away with adding to some small turnings. For these I used Metallic Inks at bottom and the color on the Pyrography is colored pencils.
  8. Just finished the 2nd flame box elder vase, there is some pretty grain in this one too. Decided to do a zentangle on the bottom of this one. This is one of my favorite patterns, "Phicops in a cirlce" Have no idea where the name comes from.
  9. Been a busy week here at the Patriot with lots going on with our turners! Our Patriot Turners- @forty_caliber showed us an oak crotch bowl he is turning. Really looks fantastic- He received lots of positive comments on this one. Here's his post- "Forty" also posted a picture of a rough turned pecan bowl. Some beautiful grain in this one! He tells us a little about it and posted a few more pictures here- @Steve Krumanaker has been busy with several turnings. The first one is a sweet looking bowl that he said ran him through the funnies! Steve explains what happen- Regardless, he received lots of positive comments. Bowls weren't the only type of turnings Steve did this week. He made another vase from the Flame Box Elder log. I love the finish he obtained on this one! Check out the comments from our gang- @AndrewB is setting up to do some resin casting. You may remember, he purchased a pressure pot sometime back. In this post, Andrew tells us about the resin he purchase. He received several comments and questions. I'll be following along on this one!! What’s Coming Up- Click on the above image for the link to more information and registration. Woodturner's Retreat- Click on the above image for more information and registration. For The Newbies- An informative short video from Mike Peace on the chuck held drive center. One of these could certainly reduce the need for removing your chuck- Looking for a fun little project? Carl Jacobson turns some honey dippers- Woodturning Monthly from the Woodworker's Journal is available- Click on the above image for the link to the newsletter Expand Your Horizons- @forty_caliber found an interesting video on bowl drying. The video's author uses a dehydrator to speed up the process. This is "Forty's" post. If you view the video on YouTube, the author has a second video with additional tests. @Gerald has posted several bowls he has turned for the Beads Of Courage group. This video is from Kent (Turn A Wooden Bowl) and demonstrates the turning process as well as providing links for getting involved- While I was at this bowl turning site, I noticed another video on end grain bowls. You can create some really impressive turning when the bowl is oriented in this position. We posted a multi-axis turning from Alan Stratton. He has updated that video with some shop made jigs. New Turning Items- Well, open those wallets! Lots of new items are hitting the market. Navigate to site links by clicking on the images Woodturners Wonders- Ron Brown's new jam chuck kit- Klingspor from the virtual AAW. Kinda long but lots of good information- Vendor showcase- Not new but really handy- Everything Else- A well deserved honor- Rick Turns list of YouTube woodturning videos from last week- Finally finished up the little walnut end grain bowl and the large cherry bowl. Both bowls have rounded lips. The bases of the bowls have a rounded foot that mimics the lip. Both finished with gloss poly and of course both were turned completely with Easy Wood Tools. Safe turning and stay well
  10. OK, gang, here's the deal. Whether you are a regular reader, casually drop by, Patriot member or a guest, you should know that every Christmas we adopt a Wounded Warrior Family. Last year, we had the privilege and honor of helping the Hine family have a most memorable holiday. Now we hear that Mrs. Hine is having medical issues. Please see the following post for additional information. The point here is The Patriot site is going to donate a large portion of the summer raffle to once again help the Hine family. PLEASE consider donating to the raffle to help the family who have given so much to keep this country free. Here's the link to the summer raffle- Our Patriot Turners- @RustyFN has been making segmented turnings. He found an online calculator to help determine the angles needed to cut the segments. @Gerald turned some neat little vessels and then adorned them with pyrography and inks! Check out Gerald's post for more images- @forty_caliber posted his first turned vessel and it's a beaut! Please read his post and see all of the positive comments and encouragement from our members! What’s Coming Up- With pandemic restrictions being lessened more and more events are being held. Many are still interactive over the Internet but I am seeing lots of in-person stuff happening as well. Click on the image for the link to registration Click on the above image for the link to more information. Click on the above image for the link to registration and more information Click on the above image for the link to Cindy's page and registration Click on the above image for more information Click on the above image for the link to registration For The Newbies- More on using the skew chisel. Video by Robbo Robertson. This is Part #1 with more parts linked from his YouTube Channel- Expand Your Horizons- @RustyFN's adventures into segmented turnings led me to several sources of information for anyone wishing to give it a try. Here's an older video on some ideas and jigs- products can be found at- http://www.segeasy.com Jim Rodgers continues his series on segmented turnings- If segments aren't your thing. How about a deep vase with pyrography and dyes from Rick Turns- Or, maybe putting feet on the bottom of your next bowl. Mike Peace shows us how he does it- New Turning Items- And, as it happens, a new item on the market for the segmented turning enthusiast- @forty_calibermentioned he just purchased a Longworth chuck. I found this earlier this week- https://buffalowoodturningproducts.com/products/bwp-longworth-style-chuck-12-24?utm_campaign=emailmarketing_114143166546&utm_medium=email&utm_source=shopify_email The folks at Woodturners Wonders now have a new CBN sharpening product- Check them out at- https://woodturnerswonders.com/collections/featured-products/products/cbn-dowels Rob Crosman posted a video covering some of his favorite woodworking "gadgets". This caught my eye as a pretty neat replacement hose. The video starts at the hose demonstration- Everything Else- Tim Yoder started a project that will take several months to complete. Aside from the turning, Tim provides useful tips on drying and information on wood defects. This notice came in an email today. Just passing it along - Finally, Rick Turns compilation of last weeks turning videos from YouTube- Safe turning and stay well
  11. Former co-worker asked if I would burn a wedding plaque. Her wife-to-be had a piece of wood that had special meaning to her. I believe her father was going to do something for her years ago - but passed before he could do anything - thus the special meaning for her. Initial request was to simply put name and wedding date on plaque - if you know me I don't do simple very well - LOL. With their approval I went on to design several layouts and let them pick the one they liked - this is what we agreed on! Congratulations Tina and Stephanie! This was the initial piece of wood I was given. Heavy saw marks and not flat at all After using hand plane and drum sander - this is what it looked like. Beautiful piece of wood After several layouts - this was the pattern we all agreed on - ended up changing the names to initials. Lettering was too small for me to comfortably burn the names. Pattern transferred Burning complete with a couple close-ups. Still need to put several coats of poly on it
  12. First of all, who decided "Pyrography" would be a good name for wood burning. I can't even spell it, at least as far as the spell checker is concerned. Anyway I have been futzing around in the basement shop supposedly cleaning and reorganizing, well, at least until something to play with catches my attention. I came across a battery charger I was given for parts because it didn't work and I thought someday maybe I could use it to build a wood burning machine. Well that day or I should say days finally came. I opened it up and found the transformer still worked and that is the heart of the machine. The malfunction of the charger happened in the circuit board but I found online that I could eliminate it so I did. The diodes are there to make a correct DC voltage and they are still good but decided just to eliminate the board all together. Here is that circuit board I removed. I noticed the store bought machines had plug in pens and used plugs that appeared to be the same as audio connectors. I didn't want to go out to the store if I didn't have to. Being the pack rat I am I looked around and found what I needed. I drilled the needed holes and installed a jack I had removed from God knows what and hooked the transformer wires to them. To control the heat a standard dimmer switch is connected to the AC power in wire on the hot side. A dimmer switch that powers on as the knob is turned would be preferred over the push on push off style. The heat is adjusted by "slowly" turning the knob and the push type can be inadvertently turned to the highest heat before it is pushed on and blow the fuse. Yep, you know how I know that. Here is a picture of the front with dimmer switch. I put the audio jacks on the back due to space restraints. To make the pens I took some brass rod and used the Unimat hobby lathe to make connectors. I had some small fiberglass pop up tent poles that I cut in pieces for the hand hold. Soldered some audio cables to the tips. I used both available conductors in the wire to carry the current. In use the wires get quite warm and I may have to go to larger wires. I am going to use it as is and see what happens. I'll keep an eye on it and it is not high voltage. 12v. For making the burning tips Nichrome wire is needed. Nichrome wire is what is used for making heating elements. I used a piece from a small space heater. I saved the wire for this purpose when I had a heater I was discarding. Just bend it to what ever shape you want. Comes in different diameters if you choose to buy it. This is just a 6-Amp charger but is more than enough power. I can melt the wire with it. I have played with it a little and found the wire does not need to be red hot for burning but the continuous power is there and holds an even heat. The tip was hot but not red hot when I did this. I'm sure I will need to practice some. Any questions? Ask away.
  13. Merry Christmas! Posting a little early as tomorrow will be hectic, to say the least! Our Patriot Turners- @Gerald showed us his display and setup for the craft shows. Just look at the varied items he has made! No wonder they sell so quickly! There are more images in his post- From last week's Wednesdays post, there was some comments about turning bowls. @Gerald added some great information and links in response to the comments. Thanks, Gerald, for jumping in on this! @HandyDan created some awesome inside out ornaments and display stands! See more in his post- @Masonsailor came up with some beautiful last minute gifts. These will surely be a hit with any hostess! He has more information in his post about the type of wood he used- @Woodbutcherbynight added some more fantastic hybrid champagne glasses. These are really spectacular! Here's his latest post- @Ron Altier posted an entry about a really novel turning. Lots and lots of tiny little pieces and gobs of glue What’s Coming Up- Another club- http://www.azwoodturners.org/wood/ For The Newbies- Rick Turns posted a 2 part video on making shallow "dish". What I found interesting was not so much the turning but some of the things he used during the process. In Part 1, notice he uses the same depth gauge we mentioned here last week. Also, check out his High Tech drying device- Expand Your Horizons- In Part 2 of the videos Rick posted shows how he embellished the shallow bowl using Pyrography and "leafing". If you have never tried leafing, it can really add to a turning and isn't that difficult to do! New Turning Items- The folks at Woodturners Wonders have been posting videos of their product. Ken Rizza demonstrates the items. Makes it nice to see the stuff in action. Here's a video of their "Lathe Track"- Everything Else- A couple of weeks ago, we posted a video from Mike Peace and Alan Stratton talking about a Christmas ornament contest. The winners were selected and here they are- Announcing the results from the 2019 Christmas Ornament Challenge There was a minor catastrophe with the elm bowl I was turning. The inside was finished, sanded and the same with the outside. To finish off the foot it required reverse chucking and it looked like that would work with my Easy Wood chuck and the Big Easy Jaws ( @Jim from Easy Wood Tools )- As an extra measure of caution, I used nylon strapping tape- Things were going fine until- I had even saturated the interface between the bark/sapwood and the heart wood but... Reglued the crack and continued on. My original thought on the reverse chuck method was to use a friction chuck. Should have stuck to that plan. Anyway, that's what I ended up doing. An old scrap of wood rounded to match the interior radius of the bowl- Then hot gluing a red rubber pad to the scrap- Removed the point from the live center to capture the nub on the bottom of the bowl The poly is drying, now. I'm working on a little "light box" to improve my photos- using Mike Peace's design. Will post the finished bowl next week. Safe turning
  14. Trained as a Fine Artist at the University of Maryland, twelve of Lora Susan Irish’s pure breed dog oil paintings have been published as limited edition art prints. Her art has been featured on the front covers of “Doberman Quarterly” 1991, “Samoyed Quarterly” – all four issues of 1991, and “Shetland Sheepdog Quarterly” 1991 published by Hoflin Press. Read more... In addition to Mrs. Irish's extensive line of informational products for sale, she also gives back to the crafts community by offering free plans and patterns such as this carving relief tutorial. https://www.lsirish.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/Your-First-Carving-by-LS-Irish.pdf
  15. My latest woven basket illusion, a ceremonial basket design that I call Navajo Rain Cross. The cross symbol can also be found on Navajo rugs and pottery and is often used to represent Spider Woman, the first Navajo deity. The basket is twelve inches in diameter and the wood is maple. Beading, pyrography and ink were used to create the basket illusion. It was donated to the SWAT 2019 Symposium and selected as an auction item.
  16. So, I'm new to the site but I figured out that there is this nifty little blog feature. I am a pyrographer. I burn designs into wood. It's amazing how relaxing it can be to create something so beautiful from something so potentially chaotic. Currently my works have been patriotic or pagan in genre. Eventually, as I gain more skill, I will branch into others as well. I am more than happy to help answer any questions, to help you find the tools, etc.
  17. Its not much (and its missing the door...) but its mine. I included my heater and dog butt LOL
  18. Soldiers Cross burned onto Balsa (?) wood plaque, acrylic paint for flag.
  19. The local art council sponsors a non juried show every year for local artisans. It's a small show but it's still fun to enter. This year, I entered three pieces, ones you've all seen before. Two of them got recognition so I'm very happy about that. Just wanted to share my moment! Thanks for looking. Steve
  20. Hope I'm not wearing this out. Couldn't find an off the shelf stand to display the maple rocks bowl. They were either too light weight or hid too much of the bottom. I had an idea in mind but just wasn't happy with what I was doing. Spied a piece of gnarly cherry in my wood pile and started grinding on it. Here is the result. This is the piece of cherry, it's hard to tell from the picture but the bowl will sit in the little depression and it really looks pretty nice. I show it to my wife, she said she liked but it was a shame no one would see the underside because it was also very pretty. On a lark, I flipped the piece over and with just a little surgery the bowl sits very nicely there as well. Not especially happy with how the pictures show the bowl and stand but I hope you get the idea. From the underside of the bowl. For what it's worth. Wife told me if I have any more of those pieces I might to just make some of these to stand on their own. Steve
  21. Just finished this morning. I will say that I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. The rim is always a challenge for me as I'm never quite sure what to do with it. I had originally planned a herringbone pattern but nothing I drew looked right to me. It's about 12" diameter and not quite 5" deep. I'm sure I've posted this already but the design on the bottom is called "phicops in a circle" It's a zentangle pattern and the original author is Brad Harms-CZT Steve
  22. A great week here for the Patriot Woodturners. Just today, @Steve Krumanaker posted his gorgeous, finished "Maple Rocks" bowl- Steve posted more information and images here- @Smallpatch is making more progress on his teapots. He posted his updated progress- @Steve Krumanaker is preparing to give a demo to the turning club, of which he is a member. Steve pointed out how much work it is to create/give a successful demonstration. When properly done, the audience gets information in an enjoyable, fluid manner. But, demos don't just happen by accident. Planning, preparation and practice are required to pull off a demonstration without a hitch. Just some of what Steve did getting ready- He explains more, here- By the way, those seed starter makers are a great gift. I made some a few years ago for relatives. Mike Peace added a YouTube video on selecting lathe chuck jaws. Specialized jaws can really be an asset for different turning projects. I wish Mike would have done the Easy Wood Chuck jaws. Their add/remove mechanism is unique. Capt. Eddie continues to produce videos. He recently added one on finishing a turning. He demonstrates an inertia sander which is really handy for spindle and bowl sanding. He has a hardware kit available for making these sanders. Rick Turns has made available the YouTube listing of woodturning videos for May. If you enjoy finding an all-in-one place reference, please give Rick a quick thanks on his YouTube channel. The Woodturning OnLine Newsletter came this week. There are several interesting projects. A video by Todd Raines demonstrates how he turns flags. He uses a neat method to make multiple, exact copies. There are several nice jigs that can be applied to just about any lathe operation. Another project is making a fishing reel, by Mike Darlow- What's great about this project is that when you follow the link, you end up at the Woodcraft site. From there you can gain access to many of the articles/projects previously published in the Woodcraft magazine. A general list of topics is shown on the left side of the web page. https://www.woodcraft.com/blog_entries/a-fishing-reel There is also an article on photographing projects. @Gerald created a super blog on photography, here on The Patriot Woodworker, and this article adds nicely to that. The article is written in Microsoft word (.doc) and is by John Lucas. http://nebula.wsimg.com/17b9a4c07da5b3c10dc5dfa5f30aa453?AccessKeyId=8E1EC0DC707F1FE36FCB&disposition=0&alloworigin=1 The entire Woodturning OnLine newsletter is at- http://www.woodturningonline.com/index.php Safe turning
  23. This is supposed to look like a rock wall or rocks in a bed of mortar. My wife says she likes it but doesn't think of rocks when she sees it. What do you see? what can I do to make it look more like a rock wall? Appreciate any and all thoughts, comments, or ideas. Oh yea, it's a work in progress. Actually, a try piece before I do this on a larger form. Honest opinions please. Steve
  24. I've been wanting to add some color to some of my turnings and posted a little about that earlier. At the time I was working on another decorative platter and have just put the sealer coat on it. Probably should've waited and taken better pictures but I wanted to share and got impatient. The platter is soft maple, turned to about 1/8" thick and about 12" diameter. My original thought for the center motif was to use water color paint. After several practice pieces I just wasn't getting the "pop" I was after and decided to use aniline dye. It is definitely a more robust color. The sky, the tree, the animals, and the bottom are pyrography. The underside I was excited about doing this piece there are several things I really like about it. Even so, I'm just not sure it "works". Steve
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