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Blog entry by John Gray posted 04-15-2010 12:45 AM 12655 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is amazing.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#1 posted 04-15-2010 01:09 AM

Wow when you have very little a little is all you need


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#2 posted 04-15-2010 01:24 AM

Well said noknot. This is quite humbling. To think he did that with a hand-operated lathe and one skew chisel and formed it with his foot! Most of us would be using a motor driven lathe, a roughing gouge followed by a parting tool, then some skews, smaller gouges, etc. Oh yeah, and another minor detail, we would be using our upper limbs. Fascinating! Thanks for sharing this John.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#3 posted 04-15-2010 02:02 AM

Amazing. I am humbled. Looks like a nice guy too. Good for him.

I hope he is left handed, or I will just give up.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 04-15-2010 03:00 AM

Wow, that is amazing. I am certainly impressed with his skill and ingenuity.

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

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#5 posted 04-15-2010 08:28 AM

I don’t think I could get my right arm, left foot, left hand and brain to function at the same time to make something that looks that good. He has a very good craft…...

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 04-15-2010 01:51 PM

That is one of the most impressive things I have ever seen.

When they showed the closeup of the “tailstock” on his lathe it actually looked like it was something that had been manufactured, as opposed to just being a homemade fixture. I wonder if it somewhat common to turn like that in his part of the world.

-- "Never measure......cut as many times as necessary." - PeteMoss

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#7 posted 04-15-2010 02:52 PM

Okay, I am giving up turning after watching this guy. He does more with just a skew chisel and hands and feet than I will ever be able to do. I am feeling very inadequate now….

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#8 posted 04-23-2010 08:17 PM

It is common to turn like that in India. I’ve seen the same type work done with brass and a bow lathe. Most of the high priced brass trinkets like candy dishes and oil lamps and urns you see in big department stores and places like Pier 1 Imports come from equipment and artists just like this. Your “American Express” credit card’s customer service department was probably handled in the booth next door to his. Those people are nothing if not creative.

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