Monday, December 3, 2018

Turn a Birdcage Awl

Check out my latest article in the December 2018 issue of the American Woodturner. If you are a member of the American Association of Woodturners you will have access to this article by downloading the entire issue from the AAW website. Or any of the past 30 years  of the journal! You can download from here or the Resources tab.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Wet Sanding and More

I have recently released several videos on sanding woodturnings, wet sanding, abrasive paste and more. These are all in a sanding playlist if you want to see the whole series. I even have a video on making your own sanding paste and making your own abrasive paste. Both are in this Sanding playlist on my YouTube channel. It may be easier to see and switch to other videos if you click on the YouTube link in this thumbnail.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Lidded Kitchen Canister

This canister is 5"x8" of Bradford Pear. The top is Goncalo Alves (Tigerwood) with an ebony knob. One of my few recent woodturnings that was not YouTube video related. It took me longer to come up with a pyrography design then to actually burn it!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Back from Arrowmont

I just got back from a week at Arrowmont where I took a class from Beth Ireland. It was a wonderful class on sculptural turning and she is a terrific instructor. I won a scholarship last year at the Turning Southern Style Symposium ffor tuition and room and board.
I will be posting a video on my experience soon.

Internet Thieves

This may not be the right forum but thought you all may be interested in an individual who is using my photograph of three woodturned boxes as his channel art on his YT channel Wood Turning TV. Here is his YT channel Sorry I can't seem to get the hyperlink inserted.

He is using the same photo as his Google+ page art. He apparently lifted the picture from when I posted it in my gallery on the AAW Forum back in 2011.
which is where he likely copied it.
I am posting a copy of my picture. Can you believe the nerve of some thieves? I have filed a copyright infringement complaint with YouTube. I wonder if he ripped off all of the videos on his channel also? I was advised by friends to focus a spotlight on him wherever I can. His email address is and he is in the UK

Friday, July 20, 2018

Turning Southerng Southern Style Symposium in Dalton, GA Sep 21-23, 2018

I am looking forward to being one of the regional demonstrators this year at Turning Southern Style. This is at a great venue and is always fun. Here is the link to more information.

I did a brief video last year I posted to my YouTube channel. For some reason this is not showing the link the way it should so you can copy and paste this into your browser

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Live Demos Over the Internet

Isn't technology wonderful! It is now feasible for a woodturning chapter to have a live, interactive over the internet woodturning demonstration with the demonstrator operating their own equipment in their shop and presenting to a chapter across the country.
One of my clubs, the Gwinnett Woodworkers Association had Lyle Jamieson do a presentation like this and I was impressed. It was absolutely like he was there in person.
Advantages to a club:
  • The opportunity to see a demonstrator they could not get to their club meeting.
  • Lower costs because there are no travel costs. 
  • Often, better video than a club gets with their own camera operator and equipment because the demonstrator has a better lighting and video setup than a club might have. I use three or four different cameras for my remote demonstrations.
Advantages for the Demonstrator
  • No travel
  • No packing and unpacking
  • Using their own equipment with more options to show tools and have backup if there is some type of equipment failure
Here is a link focusing on the club's perspective and what is need.
Here is a link to a presentation by Alan Zeinrich who is a woodturning pioneer in this area.
Here is a link to an article from the American Woodturner journal on the topic

Is your club interested in having me do a live video demonstration? 
I would be interested in working with your club to make this happen. I have done remote live demos for clubs in Hawaii, Arkansas and California.  The biggest constraint for the club is a broadband internet connection and a laptop or tablet they can connect to their large screen TV or projector. The complexity is on the demonstrators side. The club also needs a champion willing to work with me to run a test well in advance to make sure we are both fully operational.  If you have some interest, let's talk! You can email me at or call me at 770-362-4308.