Fighting Tooth and Nail #1: -OR- Where's My Bloody MOJO?

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Blog entry by Mark Wilson posted 03-22-2018 08:45 AM 1677 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was told, long ago (and, it may be true), that, when Edison was asked how he came to invent the lightbulb, his answer was that he’d first gone about the task of fining a thousand ways not to make a lightbulb.
I mounted this Jacaranda stick between centers, with a specific idea for it. To wit: An eccentric turning – a Wobbled Goblet – a Woblet. But not like any Woblet I’d attempted before. This one would be wobbled on two or three opposing axes, to create a crankshaft effect, rather than the spiral effect achieved by merely tilting the piece in the chuck. Many challenges present themselves in this. Paramount is the fact that sections of the piece must be completed and finished in stages. But, I’m getting ahead of myself. Photos, now. There are quite a few.

But, first, I’ll invite you to put on your headphones and click here.

I’m getting the shape of the cup worked out – nothing too fancy. The stem, after all, is where I plan to show off.

As you can see here, I’ve flipped it into a jam chuck. I’ve hollowed the cup (very nicely, I might add – a real thin wall; a surprisingly nice finish).

Then, just to show that I’m not obsessed with this, I went a-wandering.

Back in the Dungeon:

I had to scratch my head for awhile to figure out how to make this thing spin like the wheel on a clown car.
Here’s what I came up with: In a rather unscientific fashion, I reckoned I could reposition the jam chuck on the faceplate, the other end on the live center a (roughly, eyeballed) equal distance, and go to town on it. Which, I did.

And, it really did seem like it was gonna work.

It did work. For a minute.

So, I set the cup aside – it really has potential.
A word about the MOJO: Imagination; Drive; Inspiration; Intuition. These are some of the things that make what I perceive as MOJO, the “loss” of which I’ve lamented in these pages for more than a year, now.
I stared at what was left, trying to intuit what might be salvaged from this tragedy. (I can’t stomach throwing things away.)
Perhaps, thought I, I will tilt it in the chuck and simply make a shape on a pedestal. Modern Art, after a fashion. (I’ve seen stupider Things in museums and art galleries.)

Never having been a real big fan of “modern art,” I cut it off and (you got it) threw it away, and began concentrating on what was left.

The remaining base of the goblet looked like it might be a lid. So, I ran with the Lidded Jar concept. Why not? I haven’t done that in a while.

That’ll be posted shortly.
When I began writing this, it was March 21st, 2018. J.S. Bach’s 333rd birthday. Happy Bach’s birthday.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 03-22-2018 09:34 AM

A most interesting post Mark.

and in appreciation, my contribution.

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 03-22-2018 01:30 PM

Thanks for the photos and the journey, Mark. Sometimes I think the mojo is hiding in the lathe and just needs to be enticed to come out.

Nice music but my tastes seem to run in the late 50’s rock and roll.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 03-22-2018 01:59 PM

If Edison said that, he was lying. He didn’t invent the light bulb, he found a longer lasting filament.

-- I always knew gun nuts where afraid of something, just never thought popcorn was on the list.

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#4 posted 03-22-2018 03:24 PM

If it doesn’t work out try try again, Edison said he found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb. dYou do so weel with all the pictures, I haven’t figured out how to do that. Always enjoy your adventures. I have been sick the last few days, turned abit colder and is snowing outside so good day to stay in the house anyway.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#5 posted 03-22-2018 09:20 PM

Hi Mark, I just got a call from your Muse/Mojo – open your ears and eyes, go dig that eccentric wobbly creation out of the trash RIGHT NOW! It was trying to be part of your next great masterpiece – turned in several sections from different types of wood. Your next task is to find and turn the other pieces and unite them in an exquisite work of art. This is an important step on your quest for the Holy Woblet.

-- Leafherder

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#6 posted 03-23-2018 01:03 AM

You say “Mojo” I say “Murphy”. I have come to accept Murphy as my mentor. Learned some creative new methods. LOL!

Nice outcome.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 03-24-2018 01:59 AM

That’s quite a woblet mate.

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

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#8 posted 03-24-2018 04:02 AM

Hows the Ubering going? you were not out driving the other day were you?

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 03-24-2018 07:54 AM

Every day, Rob. That’s how I do my wandering.

-- Mark

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