Saturday, March 21, 2015

Join us for our 2015 symposium

Turning Southern Style XXI

September 18-20, 2015.   Featured Demonstrators are Nick Agar, BenoĆ®t Averly and Jimmy Clewes.   Guest Demonstrators include Nick Cook, John Lucas and Harvey Meyer.

The Georgia Association of Woodturners (GAW) presents its annual symposium "Turning Southern Style XXI".  This year's event will again be held at the Northwest Georgia Trade and Convention Center in Dalton, GA.  With our impressive slate of demonstrators, a large group of Vendors, and a great facility, this promises to be the largest, most informative and enjoyable symposium in our 21 year history.

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Collet Chuck

I recently bought a new woodturning toy, an Apprentice collet chuck. I like it for holding smaller items with a small tenon like angel ornaments and finials. It uses ER 32 Collets. Some of the advantages include a strong hold from 100% gripping surface and no draw bar required.
There are other woodturning collet systems out there. Why did  I choose the Apprentice? I did some research on this as well as the Beall Collet system. Penn State has one but is not available in the 1 1/4” size to fit my PM. The Beall has a smooth faced collet chuck that must be tightened with a special wrench. This one is a little less expensive than the Beall and for some projects, can be hand tightened although the wrench is available and may be need some time. It also comes with a 1” x 8 insert so I can use it on a mini lathe. You can see the full YouTube video I did on the chuck.

I used it recently at the Atlanta Wood Show for demonstrating turning angel ornaments and tops. The more I use it the more I like it.  When I was packing to leave, I noticed when I unscrewed the collet chuck from the lathe that the 1"x8 insert was still on the lathe. I forgot to bring a wrench and was looking for a way to unthread it. Mike Guyre came up with an innovative wrench. He used a chuck with spigot jaws tightened to fit the outside of the insert as a wrench and off it came!