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Blog series by Eric M. Saperstein updated 12-08-2014 02:46 AM 17 parts 34691 reads 72 comments total

Part 1: The first Coring

04-13-2013 11:47 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 0 comments »

So … this is the start of a series featuring our new Oneway Easy Core right in mid stream of our overall lathe overhaul. Some history. We have a Delta DL-40 digital lathe my father bought about 35 years ago for if I remember right about $3,300. At the time it was state of the art, it had the all new DC motor computer controlled, variable speed, with reverse. It served us well for many years but has always been underpowered. Recently we have had a series of problems with it and given Del...

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Part 2: We setup our new Carter Hollow Roller System!

04-19-2013 03:52 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

Along with an assortment of lathe upgrades and other toys and tools we recently obtained a Carter Hollow Roller System. “The Hollow Rollerâ„¢ System is a captive boring bar system for safely turning hollow forms and bowls. The boring bar has a flat on the bottom that allows it to be captured by the three rollers housed in the torque arrestor. This removes the worry from turning hollow forms and vessels.” ...

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Part 3: Four Manzanita Bowls - Fruits of the weekends hollowing!

04-23-2013 02:09 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 0 comments »

Fruits of the new Carter Hollow Roller System – manzanita burl bowls #6, 7, 8, & 9 were all hollowed out using the standard HSS cutter. It made surprisingly fast work of the job. Two are sanded smooth inside two I left with the cutter marks as texture. (Yes I know – I got lazy excuse is it looks cool!) ... I only sharpened the cutter once so far, it’s done quite a nice job tearing into this tough hard wood. Today I ordered 166lbs of manzanita burls – so yeah we ...

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Part 4: 73 Manzanita Burls! - Fresh from CA

04-27-2013 02:46 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 5 comments »

A shipment of 73 manzanita burls arrived at our shop today! – These unique anomalies of nature are going to be turned into anomalies of artwork. We’re not sure what we’re making yet, we won’t be sure until after we’re done with each burl. There are a variety of sizes and shapes from what is called mini through large. We expect to get wine stoppers, pens, knife handles, cane parts, bowls, vessels, and who knows whatever we can think of to spin, carve, or fabric...

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Part 5: Kickstarting a Kickstarter Campaign for a New Lathe

12-11-2013 03:03 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

OK It’s official – we have kickstarted a campaign on Kickstarter … we need a new lathe and apparently this is a method to get some funding. Read the details, we’re offering a generous rewards system that basically is pre-selling our bowls, vases, and vessels in order to fund the purchase of a new lathe. Please help us out if you can by sharing this link wherever you can – and of course if you want a bowl please sponsor (back) our campaign! – Thank you! ...

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Part 6: A new lathe - Powermatic 3520B ...

12-25-2013 01:48 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 3 comments »

Well all the upgrades to our Delta DL40 proved to be maybe too much. We (as in I) sheared the main spindle clean off at the end of the inboard threads. So much for that we can’t find a part. It’s gone to a friends shop who may machine a new one for it when he gets the time so the new motor and controller won’t go to waste. We decided it was time for something new – and we ordered a Powermatic 3520B and an assortment of new accessories. We made sure we had a new plat...

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Part 7: A little more action with the Powermatic 3520B

12-28-2013 01:59 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

And we’re spinning again – setup and in action! Now let’s see what this new machine can do! Three new projects posted today in my project list! The bigger burls and blanks are coming up on the faceplates shortly.

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Part 8: Rounding out 2013 - A Review of this year's bowls!

01-02-2014 05:38 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 7 comments »

Just a review … a sampling of the year’s turnings … photo format! Most of these are in my individual projects list if you want more images or details! Happy New Year! One of Mike’s creations – out of the memorial Spalted Copper Beech! One of Mike’s creations – out of spalted maple

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Part 9: TBD - Masterpiece or Disaster?

01-07-2014 04:24 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 3 comments »

This blank came from the walnut tree we picked up over the summer – a storm fall from I think Irene that was a standing dead tree, then laying dead for a couple years. I sliced out this triple trunk section figuring it would make a nice bowl. It’s been sitting for a while, now has some spalt in it – we’ll see how deep. I decided to spin today – IDK 40lbs maybe? I had tried it on the delta and it was too heavy and shook the machine. This PowerMatic 3520B –...

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Part 10: Pending arrival ... a 100 year old manzanita trunk!

01-15-2014 11:29 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

On the right (left trunk shown for scale) is a 100 year old manzanita trunk. These are cut for fire breaks, road maintenance, and other projects so don’t freak out that we killed a 100 year old tree just for us! The trunk is on it’s way from CA and should arrive late this week. We plan to make more manzanita slab bowls from this piece – and perhaps some other artistic turnings. We’ll be offering these pieces once they are completed and properly dried in our 2014 iss...

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Part 11: Roebling #4 - Douglas Fir Beam to Bowl Video

06-17-2014 04:55 PM by Eric M. Saperstein | 22 comments »

This is the first of a series of promo/educational videos just for fun to show the creation of some of our turning projects, it will eventually span into other projects and venues if this campaign is successful. This is a historic beam, lots of history to it, 100+ year old Douglas Fir heartwood. OK Let’s have some fun with some opening thoughts … Added Remix Short Vers...

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Part 12: A 70.5lb Manzanita Burl

08-05-2014 03:04 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 10 comments »

A 70.5lb chunk of solid manzanita burl (root type ball …) ... pending spinning! Stick around I’ve got a video documentary of this project in progress. (Video link added with a project on 8/7/2014 …

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Part 13: Artisans Turnings - the launch of a spin-off website!

08-08-2014 01:17 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

Ladies and gentleman – people of earth – we (Artisans of the Valley) would like to share with you the launch of our new spin-off (figuratively and literally) Artisans Turnings! Artisans Turnings will be a feature site covering our bowls, vases, vessels, and ornaments. Anything that comes off the lathe. The site just went live last night, so please be patient while we develop content and fill this new online gallery with examples of our wo...

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Part 14: Artisans Joins the Olana Museum

08-30-2014 02:09 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

Artisans of the Valley is proud that our turnings are now available at the Olana Museum Store. Olana State Historic Site, the home and studio of eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church, is a historic site administered by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, Taconic Region. It is a designated National Historic Landmark and one of the most visited sites in the state. The Olana Partnership, a private not-for-profit education corporatio...

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Part 15: Massive Manzanita! - The pallet arrived the project begins!

09-19-2014 08:56 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 5 comments »

Well we got ourselves in about 800lbs of manzanita burl … root ball that is … California scrub tree … the golden state’s original ornamental wood. I plan to spin these into an assortment of bowls. I was hoping for a bit wetter but it is what is is the state of CA is in a drought and this is drying out EVERYTHING! So working with this has been a little more challenging and beating me up more than I would like but the results are coming out beautiful! And YES all w...

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Part 16: Moving along - 3 big bowls turned

09-21-2014 03:16 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 3 comments »

Three big bowls are turned … working on the picking, the cleanup, the sanding, the polishing, then finishing, then more polishing, then more finishing, then more polishing, etc etc etc etc … Hit a few small rocks so far … Some of the turned pieces …

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Part 17: "Seven Bowls in Seven Minutes" - Making of Manzanita Burl Bowls

12-08-2014 02:46 AM by Eric M. Saperstein | 2 comments »

Debuting December 7th 2014 at “The Bench, The Art, The Wine” hosted by Hopewell Valley Vineyards and sponsored by Artisans of the Valley this unique film features a time lapse sequence of seven unique bowls and vessels being created from manzanita burl. My technique, my style, and my choice of tools and equipment is unique to the material, my preferences, and my own creativity. These creations are nothing like any other I have seen, and that’s how its meant to be! Cont...

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