I created this blog to share my passion for woodturning. It includes articles I have written, links to YouTube videos of my demonstrations, demonstration handouts and links to other useful woodturning information.
I will add photos again when Google fixes their broken slideshow gadget.
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I am so gratified with the views on my woodturning channel. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishers in response to my recent video where I thank my viewers and show pictures of the projects I did videos on this year.
My next personal goal is to achieve 10,000 subscribers. This milestone will qualify me for a few additional perks from YouTube on account management and learning opportunities.
I don't post all of my videos on my blog since I put one up each week but it has been a while since I posted and this was an especially fun project. https://youtu.be/lxDuJZ7kZU8
The project has a two part video. I also made a handout to go along with the video that is available on my Resources page and is called Danish Bird H.O.
If anyone can figure out how to keep the end grain eye white please post in the comments. End grain absorbs finish so the maple end grain eyeball tended to blend into the same color as the oak birds. I tried lacquer sanding sealer and also CA.
I recently got a hollowing system from Lyle Jamieson and have been learning to use it. Most of my hollow forms in the past tended to be smaller as I tended to rely on hand held tools. Some experienced woodturners are quite comfortable with handle held elbow brace systems with 3/4" bars but not me! Once you get past 1/2" bars, and maybe even then, a system like this Jamieson rig with a laser takes far less skill and worry out of the process. It is just easier and makes turning more fun. You can see a recent video on it here:
I have just started playing with a new toy, a Lichtenberger woodburner! Here is a short video I just made of me using my burner for the first time. Frank Bowers came over to watch and call 911 in case I electrocuted myself!
I got jump started on this when Bill Wyche from Jackson, TN made a shop visit and brought his burner over to show me. I had seen some pretty scary stuff on YouTube but his unit was well thought out and could be used safely but a careful person. I read an interesting comment, "Some people operate nuclear power plants and others should not be able to operator a toaster."
I have got several woodturning presentations coming up over the next few weeks I need to prepare for, so I may not get back to this for a while. But stay tuned as I do plan to provide details on safely making and using one of these units. I can safely operate a toaster with no difficulties whatsoever!
I had a terrific time at the symposium. I probably did not spend enough money but did get some African Blackwood. I also got some more sanding discs from Vince Welch. I met so many of my YouTube viewers. I really enjoyed that. I was alos able to network with several of my fellow Woodturning YouTubers like John Lucas, Sam Angelo and Reed Gray.
My two demonstrations seem to have been well received. I made three videos, Adding Pizzazz with Texturing, on the same topic for my YouTube channel. I will publish these over the next three weeks.
The American Association of Woodturners Symposium is just next weekend! the AAW's 30th
Annual Int'l Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, is June 9-12, 2016 at the Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. If
you have never been to a National Symposium it is hard to describe the
experience. I attend the one in Albuquerque in 2009 and Tampa 2013. I am thrilled to be selected as a demonstrator this year and will be doing
two demos on Adding Pizzazz with Spiraling and Texturing. I look forward to
meeting a lot of you viewers. If you are attending, please look me up and say
If you are local and just want to visit the huge Trade Show area I know you
will enjoy it. Maybe you could find an hour or two to volunteer your time.
of the vendors will have live demonstrations throughout the day in the vendor
area. I am looking forward to seeing some folks I know but have never met, like
Reed Gray. I have one of his RoboRests and like it a lot.
If you are across the big pond as they say, you may
want to check out what I believe is the 1st UK
and Ireland Symposium the following weekend on June 18 19 in Coventry
It should be a blast.
I recently did a video series on making a chess set. I can't draw nor can I use any computer drawing CAD/CAM program.
(Gidi) Azar, from Australia,
plans to turn a full size chess set based on the set I turned in the video series. He has given me permission
to post his full size scale drawings on my website where they will be available
for download. I have posted his scale drawings for all of the pieces below. Gidi, is a
turner after my own heart with researching chess patterns, studying Mike
Darlow’s book and turning prototypes. Thanks so much, Gidi, for making your drawings available.
I look forward to seeing pictures of your completed set.
Here isthe link to the downloadable pdf file which can also be found under the Resources tab. It is for 8 1/2" X 11" letter size paper.
What a great time showing my granddaughter how to turn wood. I am going to start slow and see where it goes but it had to start with me making a platform for her to stand on to reach the lathe! She is so intense!
My pastor used the
following quotation by Robert
H. Schuller in a recent sermon. Although the context it was presented
in was a little different, I think it applies to woodturning equally well.
achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation."
This message is for novice turners as most experience
turners already recognize the value of this advice. The point is, it is hard to
just start out and make something spectacular without a lot of practice. It
takes making a lot of shavings to get tool control. Until you get tool control,
it is hard to get really comfortable holding your tools without using a death
grip. If you are always worried about a catch, you won’t enjoy turning much!
If you want to make that last smooth, clean cut on a bowl my
advice is to take a bowl blank and simply practice your cuts. Observe the
quality of cut when you start making changes in the flute position. Carefully observe
the change in sound and cut quality after you sharpen your tool. Think about
how you position your feet. Waste away the blank with practice cuts until you
have nothing left but shavings.
Find some little simple turning project that you can do over
and over until you really get that muscle memory so the tool movement becomes
effortless. And then do a lot of them. It doesn’t matter whether it is a lamp
or fan pull, a tiny little ring bowl, a bottle stopper or whatever. If it is
something made of green wood so much the better because the shavings are nicer
and there is less dust. Practice!
I know this advice is not well received by everyone. Some of
us are more impatient then others. Who ever reads the instruction manual for
assembling some new gadget we got? Just look at the picture and do it. Get er
done! Who want to waste time practicing
when they could be doing.
Well for me, part of the fun of woodturning is just making
shavings. It takes me to a different place. I forgot about what is going on outside
my shop and just enjoy the journey. Sometimes that journey results in something
I want to show others. Sometimes it just results in shavings to mulch the
backyard and designer firewood. It is all good.
Think about the cuts that cause you problems or that you
lack confidence in and practice them. Again and Again and Again. Start a turning session with a beads and cove stick.
Practice, Practice, Practice.
I am finally turning a chess set. I am through the Pawns and ready to start on the Rooks. I also made a chess board which gave me a chance to actually polish up my pyrography and Zentangle skills. Here is a picture of the board and some pawns. It is taking a while since tax season has started and I am working as an AARP Tax Aide. I will be posting videos on my YouTube channel so stay tuned. The first episode on Pawns will air on YouTube Friday, Feb 26. My plan will be to issue a new episode each week covering turning one of the chess pieces and some aspect such as design, coloring, finishing, weighting, etc. I have posted a video on making this chessboard to start off the series.
Here is a message from Steve Mellott who is spearheading the efforts of Georgia woodturning clubs to make Beads of Courage boxes,
"Wow – the Beads of
Courage initiative has really taken off! To date, I’ve had 18 clubs request 482
beads. And it is not just in the southeastern United States – woodturners
throughout the nation have begun to support this program.
In response to this
overwhelming support, the Beads of Courage program has released the following
new guidelines regarding boxes. If you have already made boxes that don’t
comply with the guidelines, don’t worry – they will still take the boxes. Just
try to ensure that all new boxes fit within the guidelines. "
Courage members may receive thousands of beads. It is desirable for your boxes
to hold all of them. As a result, turned or rectangular boxes need to be
large. Large is better! Recommended interior dimensions for turned boxes are
6” diameter (5” minimum), 5” height (4” minimum). Recommended interior
dimensions for flatwork boxes are 4” x 6” x 4.”
bases should be wide enough so the box is stable and does not tip over easily.
Lids should be easy for small or ill children to remove or lift. Any finials
should be easy for a small child to grasp and not too elaborate so they don’t
break. Avoid excessively elaborate designs that may easily break or be
·Finishing of boxes is
extremely important! Beads of Courage members who receive these boxes are
susceptible to germs/infections/molds. Bowls that have not been properly sealed
can harbor mold. Please take the time to ensure you are using a safe finishing
process that does not contain toxic materials. Also, do not use finishes like
linseed oil that take a long time to off gas.
kinds of wood are beautiful! Please refrain from painting Beads of Courage
boxes. Instead, highlight the beauty of the wood with clear varnish or stain,
the Beads of Courage logo bead in the design of the box. If this is not
possible, burn or letter Beads of Courage onto the lid or side of the box.
Complete a Beads of Courage artist card and place it in the completed
nice if you can personalize your donation. Marking your name or initials,
type(s) of wood, and date on the box bottom is one way. It is also nice to
enclose a personal note of encouragement, business, card, etc. inside the box.
Here is a link to a Part 1 of 3 of a a full length demonstration I did in January of this year for the Middle Georgia Woodturners on how to turn a Beads of Courage box starting with a green bowl blank.
A lot of woodturners mourn the passing of Woodturning Design magazine. However, did you know that the American Association of Woodturners publishes a digital magazine concentrating on beginner type articles? It comes out six time a year in the months between the regular printed magazine American Woodturner. I just had an article in the most recent issue. Turning a pillbox may not be new to those of you who watch my videos or visit this site.
I haven't posted in a while. This website gets few comments so it is not clear how many visitors I get or how useful it is.
If you find anything useful here, please let me know with a comment. If you feel you wasted your time coming to this website, you can let me know that also.
This website is clearly a secondary effort to my YouTube videos, but I ask for your feedback on my woodturning videos as well.
What ideas do have for future videos?
Do you like longer topics that span a series, like my 3 part series on turning fruit or the recent 3 part series on Making and Using Small Round tools?
YouTube provides me a lot of statistics.
On average the overall percentage of the total video time viewed is 34%. Some click and leave immediately of course and a few folks watch the entire video. When digging behind this number I see it is about 44% for the US and somewhat lower for other English speaking countries. But more than half of my viewers are from outside the US. So, with so many viewers whose primary language is not English, clearly the value of the videos drop off. I welcome any feedback for making my videos more useful for viewers outside the US. I suspect most viewers are aware of the English closed caption option, although the translations sometimes are comical.