Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Turning Southern Style

What a great weekend in Dalton attending the Turning Southern Style Symposium put on by my club, The Georgia Association of Woodturners.  I was pleased at the money brought in at auction totaling over $8000. It will be used primarily for woodturning scholarships. I was pleased at the money brought in from the Acorn box I donated for this auction as shown here.  But my most pleasant surprise was winning the Suzie Tindall Memorial Scholarship for a week at John C. Campbell Folk School or Arrowmont!
I will be putting out a video on the symposium this this Friday.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Amazon Shop

 Click here to go directly to my Amazon Shop. This blog and my YouTube channel are about sharing my passion for woodturning. I want to provide woodturning content that will teach and inspire. I release a new video each Friday and a woodturning tip on Wednesday.  I am pleased to announce that I have become an Amazon Influencer. What the heck does that mean you ask?

Well, Amazon has a new program where folks like me who have put in a lot of effort to create a successful YouTube channel and a community of like minded viewers, can actually get compensated for their efforts.  Here is an example.  A couple of years ago I created a video called How to Make Your Own Parting Tool. In the video I explained how I found the HSS blank I used on Amazon. Now if anyone wants to make that parting tool and buy the blank from Amazon, they can do so through my Amazon shop.  I don't expect this to be a big deal as I am only going to list a limited number of woodturning products that I have used and can personally recommend. 

Your trust is important to me. I do not do what I do to make money! Believe me there is very little in the way of revenue for a small channel like mine. I could make far more money in less time as a Walmart Greeter! But covering my hobby expenses is nice and earning a few bucks from Amazon will allow me to continue to improve the content on my channel and perhaps upgrade my camera and sound equipment.

I welcome your comments and continued support.

My class at John C. Campbell Folk School

Wow, what a fun weekend! I got together with a great assistant instructor, Jerry Chandler, and ten of my newest woodturning friends for a class at the Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

Jerry and I showed up expecting eight students but the number had climbed to ten, a challenging size since only a few had any turning experience. We started off with the basic beads and cove stick and progressed to a handy carvers mallet, a great addition for any shop. We moved on to using a scroll chuck as we turned a spin top with chattering from a dinner knife. Then on to an awl which helped teach the process of making most any woodturning tool handle.
We finished with a change to perpindicular grain with a small ring bowl. I think just about everyone experienced turning pine, osage orange, bradford pear and perhaps oak or dogwood.
We had a lot of impressed lookers at the Sunday morning show and tell of class results.
Here is a short video I threw together. I was too busy during class time to think about using my camcorder.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

YouTube Creator Day Atlanta

I attended a YouTube conference today in Atlanta. It was fun but don't feel I got as much out of it as the one I attended more than a year ago. I have gained a lot of experience in the YouTube channel management process in the past year. Making the video is just part of the process. Then there is the upload process and creating an intriguing thumbnail and title along with a description that all support discovery. Then comes posting and adding to appropriate playlists and metadata that will help YouTube appropriately place the video. And adding Cards and End Cards to promote other videos.

Here is a picture of me and my new 50 best friends! Can you spot me with the Got Wood T Shirt left of middle toward the back?

Here are the "YouTube Celebs" that did a panel discussion. One, Roberto Blake, the gentleman with the hat, is someone I subscribed to a while back and watch quite a bit as he is quite an expert on managing YouTube channels.

Friday, August 18, 2017

What is an ‘Ussie’?

I attended the Georgia Association of Woodturners meeting last night because I did not want to miss Eric Loftstrom's last demo before he flys home to Seattle. I asked to take a "Selfie" with him and he of course said yes, but explained it was really an "Ussie."

I never heard that one but did look it up and found this explanation:
According to the urban dictionary, Ussie is  ‘A self-inflicted group photo; when the participant of a group photo also acts as the picture taker’. The number of participants in an "Ussie" is not limited. Though not always, the background in an "Ussie" is often the focal point and subject matter of the picture. In simple words, people have started calling ‘group selfies’ as ‘Ussies’ (Us-Selfies). It has other variations too, which depends on the number of participants, e.g. Twofie (for Ussie with comprising of two people), Threefie (for Ussie with three people) & so on. What more? Ussie is already a hashtag on Instagram. Ussie is definitely the new fad!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eric Lofstrom Workshop

I had a great time participating in a hands on workshop with Eric Lofstrom! Eric flew in from near Seattle, WA to do some demonstrations for the Georgia Association of Woodturners and a couple of related clubs as well as conduct our workshop. It is never too late to learn and I picked up some great tips on sharpening tools to a razer sharp edge. Eric has a strong background in physical healthe and provided tips on the bio-mechanics of the "turners dance". You can learn more about Eric at his webiste http://ericlofstrom.com/
If you have an opportunity to get some instruction from him, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Cremation Urn

Brian David Peace, age 41, of Marietta, GA, passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. He was born April 23, 1976, in Birmingham, AL, to Michael and Barbara (Smith) Peace. He was a 1994 graduate of Greater Atlanta Christian School and a 1999 graduate of the University of North Alabama with a degree in Theater & Communications. He married Heather Caughman on May 19, 2002, in St. John, U.S.V.I. and later created two amazing children. Brian worked at several restaurants in the North Atlanta area and was known by many as the best bartender around. He brought countless people joy while ‘performing’ behind his ‘stage’, mixing the best margaritas, telling the best stories and, most of all, being a good listener. He was also a musician, able to play a variety of instruments, and could cover Bob Dylan better than anyone. But his oldest friends know him best as an amazing stage actor with a talent and spirit that couldn’t be contained.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; his two daughters, Pepper Lily and Poet Annabelle; his parents, Mike and Barbara; his grandmother, Thelma Smith; his brother Jason (Grace) Peace and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

I turned this cremation urn several years ago while getting some instruction on hollow forms from Wes Jones. I kept it in my office joking it would be my cremation urn if I did not get around to turning a better one. Sadly, it now holds Brian's ashes. He had gone into the emergancy room at Northside Forsyth and we were told he would need a kidney transplant. We were so blessed that he was accepted into Emory where he got world class care from a dedicated, caring group of specialists at the Transplant ICU. Despite all of their efforts, Brian had picked up an infection that they were unable to overcome.

We had a Celebration of Life for him at the clubhouse in my neighborhood. It was wonderful to have some many family members, neighbors and close friends of Brian's attend. He was  a special man and touched so many lives. We miss you Brian.