The Straightedge (video) #4: Turning Urban Lumber

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Blog entry by Brian Havens posted 05-11-2010 05:50 PM 2617 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I am happy to release my next Straightedge video. I am also exited that the topic this time has to do with turning.

When I finally got the footage to make the funny bit at the beginning of the video, I was overjoyed to finally proceed with making a video that addresses the issue of using logs from trees cut down in urban areas. This was supposed to be an easy video to make, but it turned out to be my most difficult yet. The original title of this video was “Turning Green Wood”, but I realized about half way through the making of the video, that neither the content nor the title was hitting the mark. That is because the general topic of turning green wood has already been well covered. What I realize I needed to do is address the subject from a hobbyist turner’s perspective, especially from the perspective of a hobbyist who rarely has time to drop everything to rough turn a dozen bowl blanks just because he was fortunate enough to score an entire tree of logs. Hopefully I am on target this time.

Enough of my rambling. Here is the write-up and the link to the video, enjoy!:

Every day, in urban areas, trees are cut down for various reasons. These trees are a veritable treasure trove of lumber that can be reclaimed, as opposed to finding its way to the junk yard or fireplace. As well, many of the species of wood growing locally in your area may be otherwise unavailable from lumber suppliers. This episode covers the steps required to reclaim such wood for turning.

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#1 posted 05-12-2010 03:17 AM

Nice video Brain. I think I can do that :-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#2 posted 05-12-2010 09:27 AM

Thank Bob.

Brian, that reminds me: I forgot the legal disclaimer:

WARNING: Turning wood can be extremely addictive. Brian Havens and his affiliates, associates, or any other persons even loosely connected with him are not liable for any addictions or loss of revenue, income, or savings, resulting from any individual picking up a bowl gouge or any other lathe tool and in any way touching said tool to spinning wood, including, but not limited to, individuals from the state of North Carolina, Oklahoma, and in particular, individuals from the city of Billings, Montana (yeah, you know who you are!).

-- Brian Havens, Woodworker

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#3 posted 05-13-2010 05:33 AM

Thanks Brian:
The video was very instructive and really helped me understand what’s been going on with some apple wood that I’ve been meaning to turn. Probably have to use it for something else.

-- Gary D.

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#4 posted 05-13-2010 12:31 PM

This video is first rate, another winner!!!

-- Measuring twice and cutting once only works if you read the tape correctly!

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#5 posted 05-13-2010 06:38 PM

Great information and well presented. Thanks Brian, great video once again.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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