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Location: Kangaroo Flat,Victoria, Australia

Started wood carving by accident while trying to prove a point to a guy who said he could not shape his animal carving. At the local Easter Fair in 2008 I watched the local wood turning club members demonstrating and after asking some questions was told "you're a bit old to start this game mate" that got the shackles up and off I went and bought a Midi Lathe and a couple of wood blanks and proceeded to teach myself to turn.

As a self taught wood turner I have found there is so much information on the internet and it is a matter of having a go at the different elements of turning, first I made a slot of shavings and fire wood but these failures also add to the lessons learnt. Over the years I have got to enjoy turning plywood and then ventured into doing bowls from aboard on the band saw and scroll saw.

Another plus is you can forget this so called "golden rule" and do your own thing. Never take things to seriously and have fun creating something different and don't be afraid to share what you have learnt. I have been asked to demonstrate how I do things at the club that told me I was "to old to start wood turning and one day I might even do that.

-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-25-2008 12:45 PM

Hi Bob,

Let me welcome you to LJs. I hope that you will find this to be an interesting and exciting part of your woodworking journey.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 01:23 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. The projects are an inspiration, the information is priceless and the people are supportive. The only problem is, the site can get addictive.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Paul D

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 02:06 PM

Welcome to LJs !! Glad you have joined us !!

-- Paul D - Lawrenceville, Georgia

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 02:45 PM

Very impressive. I’m a tiger fan also and look forward to seeing some more of your carvings. Welcome to LumberJocks.

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 03:50 PM

Glad to see that you have made Lumberjocks a part of your Woodworking experience… Welcome

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 03:58 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks! Enjoy yourself.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 04-25-2008 11:19 PM

Welcome to LJ. You will like it here.

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 01:21 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks Bob. This is a great community of people with like interests.There is much to learn here & you will have the opportunity to share your skills & ideas with others. I hope you enjoy LJ’s as much as I do.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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Bob Collins

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#9 posted 04-26-2008 08:41 AM

Thanks for the welcome. Just looking at the skills and work of others on here I am sure to learn and share with others. The site was recommended to me by one of your members and I’m sure I wont be disappointed, it may be long was from Australia but we are all wood lovers. Proud to be a Lumberjack.


-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#10 posted 04-26-2008 10:11 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Enjoy the community.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#11 posted 04-27-2008 01:00 AM

Welcome to Lumberjocks…a great group here…and alot to look at…lots of great projects and ideas.

-- /\/\/\ BarryW /\/\/\ Stay so busy you don't have time to die.

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#12 posted 04-27-2008 07:33 AM

Welcome To Lumberjocks, You have found yourself amongst some very wonderful folks! I saw your Dragon earlier, I have a husband that is a Dragon nut. I too have a dragon posted here. I like your tiger also. One of these days I want to play around with a woodburning tool a little more I think after seeing these two projects it may have inspired me to go get it out and give it a try on something new, Thanks! Welcome and PEACE!!!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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Bob Collins

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#13 posted 04-27-2008 11:38 AM

Thanks again for the warm welcome, I’m slowly working through the great projects and admiring the skills of other members. Sure is a great group and so glad I joined.

Hi Allison, that’s a great dragon you carved, very unusual. Get out your woodburner and add to your skills.
If you are like me you will learn quickly from your errors. I found out that it is better to burn twice on low heat than once on high. Hey, give it a go you will love doing it.


-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#14 posted 05-03-2008 03:31 AM

Welcome to LumberJocks. Glad to have you aboard.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Bob Collins

2847 posts in 5138 days

#15 posted 05-18-2008 03:19 PM

Thanks Karson. It’s a great site.


-- RIP Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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