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Forum topic by Grumpy posted 08-27-2018 09:47 PM 962 views 2 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-27-2018 09:47 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tip lathe turning traditional

Richard Raffan is well known down under for his turning skills.
Here’s an example of his teaching. see link below.


-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#1 posted 08-28-2018 12:55 AM

Reading through the link, and looking at the pictures, I’m surprised at one in particular. Too bad it’s not numbered, so I’ll give you my interpretation. Down the article and pictures, he has his gouge on the inside of the bowl, and his thumb is steadying it, but it looks like his fingers are rubbing on the outside of the form. A normal edge bowl, I don’t really see an issue, but this is a natural edge. If someone would use that technique, they could possibly get their hand caught in there very easily.

I did notice that he was pretty close to inventing the Chuck Plate, but didn’t go far enough with the bolts and face plate. ............... Jerry (in Tucson)

-- Jerry (in Tucson)

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#2 posted 08-28-2018 12:59 AM

Good info Tony.

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

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#3 posted 08-28-2018 03:21 AM

Good how to article. A few of his books made it to my shelves early on. I always like his “simple’ turnings and finishes. He always has a no nonsense approach and very easy to follow in his videos.

His story always makes me laugh. Never used a lathe/turned and decided hey I will be a professional turner, never a hobbyist. Turned and sold from day one. I think within 3 years he had already made a name for himself and his turnings were sought after. I guess after 45 plus years he must have made the right decision.

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#4 posted 08-28-2018 11:21 AM

Thank you for the link Tony, I’ve passed it on to a few mates…

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#5 posted 08-28-2018 12:46 PM

I to enjoy Richard, excellent turner, teacher, & prolific author!

-- Bill

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#6 posted 08-28-2018 10:58 PM

Yes, iv’e seen Richard do demonstrations at the ‘Sydney Working with wood show’. It’s a pleasure to watch him in action. A true professional. I too have some of his books.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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