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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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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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The Inevitable Or The Impossible

In 2004 I started working on a woodturning book. In 2006 Linden Publishing Company became interested. In 2008 the book was for sale. (Follow the link in the signature below for details.) Now the inevitable, or perhaps the impossible, has … Continue reading

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And Now Thyme

You have seen Parsley, Sage, and Rosemary. It is not time to unveil Thyme, or almost. The photo is a composite, you will see I had a different angle when I shot Thyme than when I shot the others. Why … Continue reading

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Competitions

Competitions must, of necessity, be a cold weather endeavor. I can tolerate holding onto cold turning tools for a little while, but I am uncomfortable doing much without the protection of my dust helmet. And the dust helmet does not … Continue reading

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