All you woodturners out there - watch THIS, Part 2!

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Blog entry by KnotCurser posted 11-02-2014 12:01 AM 3373 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, a few months ago I posted a blog with a link to a Russian Doll Factory and was fascinated with the turning tools that were used by the women who worked there.

They looked to be very simple, but did an amazing job with the specific tasks they were used for. I consider that a perfect tool.

I just watched, and was fascinated once again, by an older Japanese guy who makes Japanese two piece dolls. Once again, the turning tool he uses I have never seen before – sort of a curved hook with a sharpened edge. He uses it as a skew, roughing gouge and hollowing tool all in one!

This is a great video, and I would invite all you woodturners out there to watch this and comment on the tool he uses with so much dexterity. I KNOW he must have a lifetime of practice, but WOW is he good.

Let me know what you think!

Maybe in a month or so I’ll find a video from somewhere in South America of a person turning wooden dolls. ;-)



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 12:21 AM

Thanks for sharing this Bob. I don’t use a lathe, but I sure do like watching other woodworkers around the world. I clicked on another one of those videos from Japan and it showed a group of young people on a tour to different places and one was another toy factory and it showed a different way they make the same type of toy…only a short piece, would like to see a longer video because they used a different type of lathe…they piece of wood was only attached on one end and the other end faced the person doing the work.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 02:03 AM

An Master Artist at work. No tool rest, no live center, and great touch.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 02:06 AM

Thanks, Bob. What a gorgeous and inspirational video !!! Taking one thing and doing it over and over until you’re the best in the world.

I especially like the fact that he’s making them in his shop window as a street performer.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 04:43 AM

I have only used a lathe back in 9th grade shop class, a very long time ago, but I have always admired wood turners and love t watch them work.
Then there are those turners that are unconventional and have developed their own techniques/tools and turn out projects in their own way. This one is no exception!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 04:54 AM

As a relative noobie to wood turning, I’m always on the lookout for credible how-tos. Thank you for posting this.

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 11:32 AM

That was a beautiful video Bob.
Oh, to be as cool and sedate on a lathe as that guy …..


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#7 posted 11-02-2014 01:19 PM

I’m not sure whether I’m more impressed at the skill he demonstrates with the lathe (the crude tools, no tool rest) or his expertise with the brush while painting. A true master craftsman. Thank you for sharing.

-- Pat - Biloxi, MS

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#8 posted 11-02-2014 02:52 PM

Saw this before. Very interesting, and not to demean the skills of the workers, I do think that if you makes thousands of anything you can get pretty good at it. I think I would be headed for the funny farm if I had to do repetitive work like this. On the other hand most of us can do pretty boring things if it puts a roof over our heads and food on the table.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#9 posted 11-02-2014 03:33 PM

Oh, but to have hands as steady as his ….. He could find work as a bomb de-fuser.

I also like how he works in the window of the shop. And he makes it look easy.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 11-02-2014 04:47 PM

there is a tool rest it brown wooden pole you see in the beginning,Love the location,corner looking out at the town work and then go upstairs to home.ahhhh

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#11 posted 11-02-2014 07:58 PM

Always inspiring to watch a craftsman at work. Thanks for sharing, Bob.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 11-03-2014 01:55 AM


-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#13 posted 11-07-2014 12:28 AM

Wow very nice. Thanks for posting. I am starting to teach myself about wood turning. That is inspiration!

-- Patty Schenewerk ,

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