Wood Turning addiction

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Project by Jay posted 10-27-2017 01:47 PM 1034 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have had a lathe for many years but struggled with turning wood because I did not know what I was doing. So I finally took a class at Woodcraft on beginning wood turning about two months ago. It was great. I also have read books by Mike Darlow and Richard Raffan and watched videos from Raffan. I still don’t know what I’m doing but I am having fun trying. My wife keeps buying more bowl blanks and I keep turning. I have given several away as wedding presents, house warming gifts and thank you gifts. The list of Christmas presents keeps growing. I have also made some improvements on my 1950’s era lathe. I upgraded to a 1 HP motor, and added a tachometer so I don’t have to guess at the turning speed.

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#1 posted 10-27-2017 01:57 PM

Now that’s a healthy addiction to have.
Really like how deep and straight sided the red bowl is in the first picture.
Well done.
I struggle as a turner but I’m sure a lot has to do with the fact that I have a weak lathe, dull tools and hard touch.
Saving up my money to buy a cheater carbide turning tool since I do enjoy it even though I haven’t had much success.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 10-27-2017 01:58 PM


-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 10-27-2017 03:34 PM

Looks like everything has come together for you, nice projects! It’s great that your wife likes your work and buys you material.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#4 posted 10-28-2017 09:06 AM

I can understand you addiction – verry beautiful turning projects.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 10-28-2017 01:40 PM

Wow! Jay, these are all very nice. They look great and the wood is also very nice.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 10-30-2017 11:20 AM

Nice bowls from really nice wood. I find my turnings are better when dressed in a suit and tie like yours in your home picture. lol By the way what a bunch of really good stuff in your projects pictures.

-- I,ve had amnesia for as long as I can remember. Vernon

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#7 posted 10-30-2017 06:38 PM

awesome job, turning can be very addictive

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