Saturday, October 22, 2011

Richard Raffan Demonstration

What a great Saturday! Fellow Chattahoochee Woodturner, Dave Martin, and I drove to Chattanooga to see an all day Richard Raffan demo at the local Woodcraft store. The demonstration was a real treat. There were only about a dozen of us in attendance so we had a great opportunity to interact with questions and get up close to watch since there was no audio visual support. We all had lunch together at a local pizza joint. In the afternoon, Richard gave me an opportunity to try my hand at his back hollowing technique for end grain. That was exciting! We also got a chance to see his technique for rolling a series of beads on the outside of a bowl. That was fascinating to watch.

As a bonus, David and I each were able to buy the BIG Alan Lacer skew for half price. At 3/8” by 1 3/8” it has twice the mass of a typical one inch skew which really provides control and dampens vibration. Sweet.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Turning Tips in the American Woodturner

I had a couple of tips published in the October 2011 issue of the American Woodturner. It is always gratifying to be able to share a tip with others. The small checks for my turning tips have covered my dues for the last couple of years. I submitted one a while back that was not accepted for publication so I sent it to Woodturning Design. They published it but do not pay for tip submissions. Oh well, I still get the gratification!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

My Winged Box Demonstration

I did a demonstration on turning a Winged Box for one of my clubs, the Gwinnett Woodworkers, on March 11, 2011. They video many of the demonstrations and post on YouTube. This video runs about an hour and 24 minutes. I have to give credit to Bob Hamilton's YouTube videos to inspire me to turn winged boxes.

You can download the PDF handout I used in my demonstration on turning a winged box. It provides details on making a winged box. Click here to view or download.