Saturday, October 22, 2011

Richard Raffan Demonstration

What a great Saturday! Fellow Chattahoochee Woodturner, Dave Martin, and I drove to Chattanooga to see an all day Richard Raffan demo at the local Woodcraft store. The demonstration was a real treat. There were only about a dozen of us in attendance so we had a great opportunity to interact with questions and get up close to watch since there was no audio visual support. We all had lunch together at a local pizza joint. In the afternoon, Richard gave me an opportunity to try my hand at his back hollowing technique for end grain. That was exciting! We also got a chance to see his technique for rolling a series of beads on the outside of a bowl. That was fascinating to watch.

As a bonus, David and I each were able to buy the BIG Alan Lacer skew for half price. At 3/8” by 1 3/8” it has twice the mass of a typical one inch skew which really provides control and dampens vibration. Sweet.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Turning Tips in the American Woodturner

I had a couple of tips published in the October 2011 issue of the American Woodturner. It is always gratifying to be able to share a tip with others. The small checks for my turning tips have covered my dues for the last couple of years. I submitted one a while back that was not accepted for publication so I sent it to Woodturning Design. They published it but do not pay for tip submissions. Oh well, I still get the gratification!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Winged Box Demonstration

I did a demonstration on turning a Winged Box for one of my clubs, the Gwinnett Woodworkers, on March 11, 2011. They video many of the demonstrations and post on YouTube. This video runs about an hour and 24 minutes. I have to give credit to Bob Hamilton's YouTube videos to inspire me to turn winged boxes.

You can download the PDF handout I used in my demonstration on turning a winged box. It provides details on making a winged box. Click here to view or download.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Useful Turning Accessories From Harbor Freight

I have found a lot of useful and inexpensive things at Harbor Freight for turning. I thought I would provide this PDF file list of some of the handy and cheap stuff I have found. I know some folks like to bash "Harbor Fright" and cheap Chinese stuff. And that is OK but would hope you would hold those negative comments until you have taken the time to look at the list.

Anyone else find some useful turning accessories there that I did not mention? My lists includes not only my ideas but also those offered by posters on who responded to my post and list there on 9/28/11.

Normal disclaimer is that I get no payment from HF for my endorsements. Just a lot of cheap stuff that fits a niche need for this frugal turner!

Wednesday, August 31, 2011


tre•en•ware pronounced [tree-uhn-wair] is a noun that means household utensils, dishes, etc., made entirely of wood.

Lately it seems I have been bombarded with exposure to treenware. I was recently visiting Peter Lamb, a woodturner in Bluffton, SC who showed me some beautiful salad forks he makes. Then I watched a demonstration by Ron Brown on making kitchenware at the Gwinnett Woodworkers. You can see some of his items here. This got me started making spatulas which are kind of fun and fairly easy to make. My son Brian is a "Foodie" and took a couple of my spatulas. After using he gave his approval saying they were "better than plastic." Then I receive my latest issue of "Woodworkers Journal", Oct 2011 and see a great article on making salad forks. They even had a free VIDEO.

If you want to make spatulas and don't want to wait til Ron Brown comes out with his DVD check out this tutorial on making SPATULAS.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Winged Box demonstration handout PDF

This is the PDF handout I use in my demonstration on turning a winged box. It provides details on making a winged box. Click here to view or download.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Elegant Scoops Article in Woodturning Design

I had an article on making Ruth Niles style coffee scoops published in the August 2011 issue of Woodturning Design. You can view or download the complete article by clicking here Elegant Coffee Scoops

My son Brian got a copy of the issue and had it framed for me for Christmas.