Talking Turning and World Observation

I have encountered a rash of interferences to turning. I won’t list everything but will note a couple of things.

First, I have sold an article, or am in the process, on incorporating pyrography in turning. This is a direct result of being inspired by Yaakov’s Tiki 1 and of reading about Andy Coates’ combinations of turning and pyrography. My thanks, Andy and Yaakov. (If thanks aren’t enough, you will have to come to Wyoming to collect.) Look for my article to appear in Woodworker’s Journal in the near future.

The second interference I will mention has been the preparations surrounding a six hour round trip to Cheyenne, WY, for Annette and Lewis, our children (18 and 16) to play a 45 minute program of cello music during a book signing by James Wolfensohn, former president of the World Bank. Mr. Wolfensohn was the keynote speaker at the Governor’s Business Forum sponsored by the Heritage Foundation and the Wyoming Business Alliance. As is typical, musicians providing background music are largely ignored by the foreground. The program offered a chance to take a trip with the Arkansas Traveler, go down Muddy Roads, visit with Cotton Eyed Joe, wear Golden Slippers, dance with Blackberry Blossom, go Waltzing With Matilda, and a selection of other fiddle tunes and Celtic music.

Annette Hein, James Wolfensohn, and Lewis Hein at the Governor's Business Forum, Cheyenne, WY

The music was not overlooked by Mr. Wolfensohn, an amateur cellist himself. He made a special effort to return and compliment Annette and Lewis on their very fine rendition of this music. He took several minutes to visit with them and talk cello, much as we would talk turning.

Mr. Wolfensohn left this event having purchased two of Lewis’ “Pocket Pens.” So all in all a profitable trip for Lewis and a fine chance to perform for at least one prominent appreciator of cello music. If ever you have the chance to meet Mr. Wolfensohn, he is a delightful person.

Pocket Pen by Lewis Hein

So here is a mix of turning talk and observations on how the world works, or doesn’t work.

Ellis Hein, author of The Woodturner’s Project Book


About Ellis Hein

I am a woodturner and the author of The Woodturner's Project Book. I have a life-long interest in the gospel preached by George Fox and the early Quakers. You can see some of my material on that subject at
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2 Responses to Talking Turning and World Observation

  1. yaakov says:

    Thanks for the plug Ellis. Let me know when the article comes out.
    Be well,

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