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Blog entry by stefang posted 09-24-2019 07:29 PM 854 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Mark and I completed our workshop antics today. We had originally planned to do more than just woodturning, but I wasn’t able to be in the shop as much as we had planned and so we just concentrated on turning. Somewhat disappointing, but we covered some important aspects of woodturning that gives Mark a good start. He became comfortable using skew chisels, bowl and roughing gouges, spindel gouge, scrapers and parting chisel. He also learned a variety of mounting options with chucks, between centers, screw chuck and glue chucks.

We didn’t produce a lot of stuff and tried to concentrate more on technique than speed. Unfortunately we used only dry wood (maple) and so he didn’t get a change to experience the joy of green woodturning. Here is our few more finished pieces which don’t include all the practice stuff we did.

The box was our first real project. Everything went well, but Mark is 6ft 4’” tall and my lathe was really too low for him so hollowing the box wasn’t easy as he had to bend over almost double to see what he was doing! Luckily his lathe at home has an adjustable height so he can work comfortably.

The small bowl with a lid is meant to be a little jewelry box for Mark’s wife Sofie. He originally wanted a heart design on the top, but since the top needs a handle he decided to put the heart on the bottom and named it the hidden sweetheart bowl. He will finish turning the handle when he gets home. So, he also learned how to make a design negative into a positive.

Mark and I had a great time together and I hope we can do it again some time,. He is flying back to Sweden tomorrow with his projects and a few new tools. Now he can have some fun in that workshop in his basement!

Sorry I didn’t get more photos of us actually working in the shop, but it was crowded and a bit chaotic so we just kept our noses in the work. This was a great way to spend some time together and I highly recommend it to others. Thanks for reading!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 09-24-2019 08:00 PM

Great work Mike! I’d say Mark achieved a lot in the time you had together.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#2 posted 09-24-2019 09:38 PM

Nice to see what you’re up to!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 09-24-2019 10:09 PM

Would you look at that absolutely sweet bowl!! Quality time is so important, and I think you both mastered that well. Mark’s budding skills will carry him toward greater achievements. What a great dad you are Mike!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#4 posted 09-24-2019 11:51 PM

That is some real complete wood turning training if he learned all those tools. He is ready to go!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 09-25-2019 12:21 AM

Looking great Mike. Now all Mark needs is his own LJ’s page. Well done.
Hope he enjoys his 1-1/2 hr. drive home from the Umeå airport in Sweden.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 09-25-2019 12:13 PM

Hi mike.Sounds like all the chaos in the shop was a lot of fun. I only wish I could get one of my kids interested in woodworking. Glad you guys had a good time and it looks like you turned out a few nice things. Hope you have the opportunity to do it again.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#7 posted 09-25-2019 02:32 PM

Time well spent Mike.
I actually thought the heart piece was a new knob for your chevalet. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#8 posted 09-25-2019 04:31 PM


What wonderful memories you made together. Every time Mark looks at those pieces, he will think of the time you spent together. They will be treasures for him and his family.


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#9 posted 09-25-2019 06:40 PM

Thanks everyone for your kind comments! Mark hasn’t mastered all the tools of course but I started him with the skew chisel right away to use for final smoothing of the roughed out box workpiece. He never got a catch with it, and now that he feels comfortable with it, I hope he will use it regularly as it leaves such a wonderful surface that hardly needs sanding.

Mark was careful, took his time and paid attention to what he was doing, so apart from a few small catches while he hollowed out the bowl it all went much better than I expected and he got great results.

I was pleased that the teaching/learning went smoothly and Mark even said what a good team we made. That comment meant everything to me. We got a message that he just now arrived at Umeå airport in Sweden and now he has a 1-1/2 hr. drive home.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 09-29-2019 04:27 AM

Very good, Stefang…

Glad y’all had a great time.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 01-23-2020 02:20 AM

Looks like a wonderful time, lucky son.
And what a fine work he did, lucky wife.
Big smile.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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