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Project by jockmike2 posted 10-10-2006 04:09 PM 3646 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2 yrs worth of work exploring, trying to find out what I was doing, still don’t know, but I’m learning. just got a new lathe, bigger w/ more power. Will help me do a lot of other things. Please don’t be afraid to give feedback, I need it. Honesty. Please., you won’t hurt my feelings.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 10-10-2006 06:49 PM

Jockmike2: at least so far, you won’t find anyone here that will hurt your feelings, at least not directly. With a hunger for learning like you have, you will go far with turning. My best advice for anyone wanting to learn turning is to take some classes, as it just isn’t something that a person can learn well from printed materials. You need the sound, the feel, the vibration all of which just doesn’t translate well to printed instructions.

I took a turning class once, just an afternoon class, and learned more in that 4 hours than I have in the several years of self-teaching myself with books and practice.

Woodcraft stores are a good place to find classes, and also the Marc Adam’s School of Woodworking has some of the best turners in the country teaching there.

I was recently watching a video from a guy that turns western style cowboy hats on a lathe, making them out of wood, really. President Bush has one of them. He said he turned over 100 hats before he figured out what to do, so practice is something that you’ll do when you get back from the classes. Keep us up to date on your turning. I like turning also, but I do it only enough to know how to appreciate someone else’s work.

thanks for sharing your work with us,

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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#2 posted 10-17-2006 02:19 AM

From across the room, my wife said, “that’s a pretty bowl.”
I think the picture with the three bowls shows fine worksmanship and nice design.

-- Gary, Florida

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#3 posted 11-03-2006 10:16 PM

Sorry it took so long to thank you both for the nice comments. They are very much appreciated. Its humbling coming from people I consider true artists. Mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 11-07-2006 06:28 AM

Man, I love that flying saucer shaped bowl… it is really unique. You have always had an artistic eye, and have always been creative. I think this is a really good artistic medium for you Dad. I need to come out and make something with you… you are so inspiring to me.

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#5 posted 04-15-2007 07:38 AM

Dad, who is wormy? Mike, you make some of the nicest bowls! I can’t hold a candle stick holder to you. What type, style of bowl gouge do you like best?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#6 posted 04-15-2007 09:11 AM

Great job Mike. Keep up the great turnings. Just bought a used lathe to learn to turn on. But, it will take a long time to get this good.

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 09-07-2007 05:34 AM

Hey Mike , like your bowls. good design content. I especially like the middle photo center bowl. Great shape.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 09-29-2007 01:05 AM

Very nice work indeed!

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#9 posted 09-30-2007 05:54 PM

I really like them, Mike. I’m partial to the middle photo far right. I like the smooth form.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 11-06-2011 08:52 PM

good job!

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