Author Archives: Ellis Hein

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 http://nffquaker.org/profiles/blog/list?user=1zw2th7nj9p89.

The Towel Holder

As I promised, this is how to turn the sphere from my last post into something that will securely hold onto your towel or shop rag and easily turn it loose when you want it to. Materials and Equipment 2 … Continue reading

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Turning Round

It all started by a chance comment from my brother, “Have you tried turning a ball by…?” No, I had not tried that technique. Encouraged by his urging, I decided to see what I could do. The trick is to … Continue reading

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The Hoe Handle

It has been a long winter without much turning, though I have found some time to work in the shop of various projects. (More about that in coming posts.) So this spring I discovered that I “had” to get back … Continue reading

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Cheapening the Gift

She came to my table from an adjacent vendor at the farmer’s market. I had many turned, wooden items that you might want to use in your kitchen or in your garden. Among the items were some weed pots, small … Continue reading

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Cottonwood Revisited

My last post showed a bowl with a post in the middle that can be used as a handle. As stated, the purpose of the post was to cover/hide where I cut through the bottom of the bowl. As is … Continue reading

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New Ideas From Mistakes

One of the interesting things about turning is how many good ideas emerge from dealing with mistakes. As I mentioned in a previous post, we received a plethora of cottonwood limbs last fall. I had been wanting to try out … Continue reading

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Turning Cottonwood

When I think of a good turning wood, my mind does not immediately jump to cottonwood. Cottonwood trees are pleasant to walk under on a hot summer day. They provide a beautiful, shimmery, green haze as their new leaves emerge … Continue reading

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Sit On These

My ancestors made and wore wooden shoes, so why can’t my chairs sport wooden boots? In our cramped quarters, collapsible furniture is a must. Folding chairs are not elegant, but they can be easily moved out of the way for … Continue reading

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What Is That?

“Ok, I give up. What is it?” If those were your words, you are in good company. I have been asking the same question ever since the idea started bugging me. I could say that at the moment it is … Continue reading

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From Limbs to Clocks

You may have seen this piece before, but not in its finished form. I will not detail how to make the clock from 12 limb segments; you can see the March issue of Woodturning Design Magazine for that information. But … Continue reading

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