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.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Upcoming Demonstrations

June 17, 2017    Tri State Woodturners, Chattanooga, TN    Topic TBD

March 14, 2017 Chattahoochee Woodturners; Gainesville, GA. All About the Skew.

Nov 12, 2016     West Tennessee Woodturners, Jackson, TN    hot air balloon ornament, a hand bell ornament and perhaps more as well as tips and tricks for folks making ornaments to kick them up a notch

August 20, 2016    Tri-State Woodturners, Chattanooga, TN    Coffee Scoop and several small spindle projects   

August 9, 2016     Barnesville Woodturners, Barnesville, GA    Small Spindle Projects requiring different chucking methods including a pill box, chess men and fan or lamp pull

June 10 and 12, 2016     AAW Symposium, Atlanta    Adding Pizzaz with Spiraling and Texture

Monday, April 11, 2016

Chess Set Plans

I recently did a video series on making a chess set. I can't draw nor can I use any computer drawing CAD/CAM program. 

Gideon (Gidi) Azar, from Australia,  plans to turn a full size chess set based on the set I turned in the video series. He has given me permission to post his full size scale drawings on my website where they will be available for download.  I have posted his scale drawings for  all of the pieces below.
Gidi, is a turner after my own heart with researching chess patterns, studying Mike Darlow’s book and turning prototypes. Thanks so much, Gidi,  for making your drawings available. I look forward to seeing pictures of your completed set. 

Here is the link to the downloadable pdf file which can also be found under the Resources tab. It is for 8 1/2" X 11" letter size paper.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5Ng9K34IcxIY2QwR2VjWUNKWlE 

Here is the link for scale drawings printed on A4 paper, common in Europe and Australia 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Shop Fairy Turning Wood

What a great time showing my granddaughter how to turn wood. I am going to start slow and see where it goes but it had to start with me making a platform for her to stand on to reach the lathe! She is so intense!