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 possible for demonstrations to be conducted live over the internet 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 different cameras.
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 is the club must have 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 make sure we are both fully operational.  If you have some interest, let's talk. You can message me through my Woodturning Facebook page, my Youtube channel (send me a message through my About tab), or look me up in the AAW Membership directory. 

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Back from John C Campbell Folk School

Part of my compensation from taching a weekend class at the John C Campbell Folk School last September was a paid up weekend class. So I took a class with John Keeton on "Turning an Ogee Bowl with Bling." I had a great time and now know the secret to achieving the elusive true ogee bowl shape. The band is textured with some acrylic gel medium and then highlighted with acrylic paints.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Woodturned Miniature Birds

I have been turning a few miniature birds for bird house ornaments. They are so cute! I think they are much improved over the expensive and hard to find minature birds I have used in the past. Here is what I am talking about. I show how to make these in part 2 of my two part series.
I have started mounting them on the roof instead of the perch for added interest.

Tuesday, November 21, 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 Tuesday.  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 part-time 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.