Journey into Woodturning #1: New turner and member... feedback welcome

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Blog entry by MovingChips posted 06-30-2020 02:04 PM 871 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m starting my first ever blog! This is great.

I am a new member to LumberJocks and I am a new wood tuner.

I have always been a fan of turned wood and I final decided I would give it a shot. I found the most inexpensive lathe (under $200), just in case I didn’t like it. Bought a cheap set of starter tools and a face shield, what more do I need? Turns out, (pun intended) I like spinning wood.

Let me step back a little though. Before I got started, I decided to wait for an opportunity to learn the right way from an experienced turner. Learn good habits up front and avoid injuries later.

So, I joined a local wood tuners group and attended a few meetings. Watched several in person demos and interacted with other turners discussing the dangers. Eventually I got my first hands on teaching/training making “tops” for a local event. I learned a lot and realized I have a long way to go to achieve muscle memory in wood turning.

Then the COVID lock down happened. With the lock down in place, I knew I had an opportunity to turn a lot. I took the knowledge obtained to this point and jumped in. At this point, what more could I learn if I don’t start doing, right? I also decided to chronical my progress, so I could get feedback during the lock down.

So, I started to record my work with the unboxing of the WEN 8×12 wood lathe. Armed with the newly acquired hands on information, I set about turning my own items. I started with a baton, carving mallet, failed at making a tea light holder, some tool handles, returned to making a top (reinforcing my teachings), turned my first bowl, etc.

I started a YouTube channel, calling it “Moving Chips”. Little did I know its actually shavings, not chips. I wasn’t going to change it after I started the channel. I also thought I should have a logo. I managed to create a logo that I think is pretty neat, with the image of the crosscut section log and heavy line drawing of an evergreen outline.

I started to capture and edit my videos, releasing them once a week. Sometimes I can get two or three projects done in a week and sometimes nothing for two weeks. My thought was to collect and hold onto my collection, until I had a few months’ worth of videos prepared.

My first video was made public in March and I uploaded videos scheduled to release weekly until almost Sept. This preparing gives me plenty of time to be consistent, back logging more videos for the future. I modified the purpose of the channel, part learning and part entertainment.

The comments on what I am doing wrong has been great feedback. However, there are several videos already scheduled showing my incorrect use of a tool, until the videos catch up with the current turning. More feedback was received telling me to place a disclaimer in the video, so other people wouldn’t take my videos as a “how to”. I did place this disclaimer in the text information area, but valid point that I should include it directly in my videos.

So now I have an intro that states I am new and that my videos are not a training or teaching activity, but rather strictly for entertainment and requests for feedback to better myself. Of course that intro is new and wont be seen until Aug.

This was a bit of a long blog post, so I’ll end it here. If you would like to see my channel on YoutTube, search for Moving Chips or click this link. I will be posting a weekly blog to go along with each of my videos and maybe some random thoughts along the way.

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you will join me on this journey.

This weeks video I attempt my third try at making a bowl: Wood Turning through the exotic woods, African Mahogany!

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Bob A in NJ

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#1 posted 07-01-2020 01:04 AM

Wow, wow, wow, I viewed this and your other videos and find them very entertaining. You are terrific with the editing software. Love the Bloopers. Very happy you are sharing your woodturning journey with us.

Best wishes to you!

Bob A in NJ

-- Bob A in NJ

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#2 posted 07-01-2020 02:22 AM

Hey Bob!I’m having a bunch of fun. Thanks

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