Saturday, January 14, 2017

Offering Plates

I was asked to make some offering plates for my small church. I was honored and got started. I used kiln dried red oak and here are the three plates I turned.  This presented several challenges:

  1. Getting the right wood. I attempted this a few years ago with white oak that was still green and most of the blanks and rough turnings cracked. Kiln dried wood is the only way to go. But it did require jointing two pieces to get 12" blanks.
  2. coming up with a design that will allow them to stack
  3. making them identical 
Wes Jones, a member of my club wrote an article on this for the American Woodturner and was gracious enough to allow me to post to my website for others to use.
Here is the video I made for this project. 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Thank You YouTube Viewers for One Million Views!

I am so gratified with the  views on my woodturning channel. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishers in response to my recent video where I thank my viewers and show pictures of the projects I did videos on this year.

My next personal goal is to achieve 10,000 subscribers. This milestone will qualify me for a few additional perks from YouTube on account management and learning  opportunities.

Happy New Year, Ya'll.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Birds of a Feather...

I don't post all of my videos on my blog since I put one up each week but it has been a while since I posted and this was an especially fun project. https://youtu.be/lxDuJZ7kZU8
The project has a two part video. I also made a handout to go along with the video that is available on my Resources page and is called Danish Bird H.O.
If anyone can figure out how to keep the end grain eye white please post in the comments. End grain absorbs finish so the maple end grain eyeball tended to blend into the same color as the oak birds. I tried lacquer sanding sealer and also CA.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

New Hollowing System

I recently got a hollowing system from Lyle Jamieson and have been learning to use it. Most of my hollow forms in the past tended to be smaller as I tended to rely on hand held tools. Some experienced woodturners are quite comfortable with handle held elbow brace systems with 3/4" bars but not me! Once you get past 1/2" bars, and maybe even then, a system like this Jamieson rig with a laser takes far less skill and worry out of the process. It is just easier and makes turning more fun. You can see a recent video on it here:

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Lightening Hit Woodturning!

I have just started playing with a new toy, a Lichtenberger woodburner! Here is a short video I just made of me using my burner for the first time. Frank Bowers came over to watch and call 911 in case I electrocuted myself!

I got jump started on this when Bill Wyche from Jackson, TN made a shop visit and brought his burner over to show me. I had seen some pretty scary stuff on YouTube but his unit was well thought out and could be used safely but a careful person. I read an interesting comment, "Some people operate nuclear power plants and others should not be able to operator a toaster." 

I have got several woodturning presentations coming up over the next few weeks I need to prepare for, so I may not get back to this for a while. But stay tuned as I do plan to provide details on safely making and using one of these units. I can safely operate a toaster with no difficulties whatsoever!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Great Symposium

I had a terrific time at the symposium. I probably did not spend enough money but did get some African Blackwood. I also got some more sanding discs from Vince Welch. I met so many of my YouTube viewers. I really enjoyed that. I was alos able to network with several of my fellow Woodturning YouTubers like John Lucas, Sam Angelo and Reed Gray.

My two demonstrations seem to have been well received. I made three videos, Adding Pizzazz with Texturing, on the same topic for my YouTube channel. I will publish these over the next three weeks.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

AAW Symposium



The American Association of Woodturners  Symposium is just next weekend! the AAW's 30th Annual Int'l Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, is June 9-12, 2016 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. If you have never been to a National Symposium it is hard to describe the experience. I attend the one in Albuquerque in 2009 and Tampa 2013. I am thrilled to be selected as a demonstrator this year and will be doing two demos on Adding Pizzazz with Spiraling and Texturing. I look forward to meeting a lot of you viewers. If you are attending, please look me up and say hello.
If you are local and just want to visit the huge Trade Show area I know you will enjoy it. Maybe you could find an hour or two to volunteer your time.

Some of the vendors will have live demonstrations throughout the day in the vendor area. I am looking forward to seeing some folks I know but have never met, like Reed Gray. I have one of his RoboRests and like it a lot.

If you are across the big pond as they say, you may want to check out what I believe is the 1st UK and Ireland Symposium the following weekend on June 18 19 in Coventry England. It should be a blast.