Category Archives: woodturning

the art of creating beauty on the wood lathe

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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Chatter Work

Somebody, sometime, was working with a scraper that was too light for the job. Instead of throwing away the “ruined” piece of work with a resolution to get a scraper heavy enough to cut without vibrating, this person saw the … Continue reading

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Are You Going to Scarborough Fair?

Depending on how my imagination hits me, I alternate between smelling and tasting these herbs. But every time I see one of these pepper grinders I start humming or singing the old Simon and Garfunkel song. Having gotten the first … Continue reading

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Pyrography and Pepper Grinders

Someone once pointed out that it was useless to try to compete with places like Wal-Mart when it comes to making pepper grinders. I have to agree. There is no way I can match their prices on the models they … Continue reading

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More on Boxelder

Boxelder is great turned green. But, when turning seasoned wood, the grain around knots is brittle and breaks instead of cutting. Other sections of the grain wants to pull for no apparent reason. It seems more difficult to get a … Continue reading

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Spurtle, the Scotsman’s Equivalent of a Spoon

Shakespeare immortalized the phrase, “To be or not to be? That is the…”But wait, allow me to interrupt. When you have cooked to perfection a cut of meat, say a hamlet, and want a side dish of eggs and mushrooms … Continue reading

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Planting and Harvest

The summer is winding down. Like a clock ticking off its seconds, each day has sped past until now it is September. I will soon know if the seeds planted produce enough of a harvest to carry us through the … Continue reading

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Woodturning?

I have been swamped. Now, why should that term apply here where it is 102º F in the shade, dry, with high fire danger? The only turning I have been able to do is watch the mixer drum revolve as … Continue reading

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The Chatterbox on a Taper

One soon learns a few dodges when working with green wood. I recently turned a lidded box out of a green boxelder limb. It soon became apparent that the lid was shrinking more than the body. Because I am not … Continue reading

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More Lilies

Robert Henri, author of The Art Spirit, required his students to look at the subject, then go to another room to do the sketching or painting. This would develop an understanding of each line and each brushstroke. In my case, … Continue reading

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