Saturday, September 23, 2017

Portland 2018 - AAW Symposium

I am excited to announce that I have been selected to demonstrate at the national symposium for the American Association of Woodturners! This will be held in Portland, OR on June 14-16, 2018. I will have a couple of rotations on Add Pizzazz with Texturing Tools and Add Pizzazz With Hand Chased Threads. This is a great honor and the second opportunity to demonstrate at the national level. I previously demonstrated in Atlanta at the 2016 symposium.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Turning Southern Style

What a great weekend in Dalton attending the Turning Southern Style Symposium put on by my club, The Georgia Association of Woodturners.  I was pleased at the money brought in at auction totaling over $8000. It will be used primarily for woodturning scholarships. I was pleased at the money brought in from the Acorn box I donated for this auction as shown here.  But my most pleasant surprise was winning the Suzie Tindall Memorial Scholarship for a week at John C. Campbell Folk School or Arrowmont!
I will be putting out a video on the symposium this this Friday.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

My Amazon Shop

 Click here to go directly to my Amazon Shop. This blog and my YouTube channel are about sharing my passion for woodturning. I want to provide woodturning content that will teach and inspire. I release a new video each Friday and a woodturning tip on Wednesday.  I am pleased to announce that I have become an Amazon Influencer. What the heck does that mean you ask?

Well, Amazon has a new program where folks like me who have put in a lot of effort to create a successful YouTube channel and a community of like minded viewers, can actually get compensated for their efforts.  Here is an example.  A couple of years ago I created a video called How to Make Your Own Parting Tool. In the video I explained how I found the HSS blank I used on Amazon. Now if anyone wants to make that parting tool and buy the blank from Amazon, they can do so through my Amazon shop.  I don't expect this to be a big deal as I am only going to list a limited number of woodturning products that I have used and can personally recommend. 

Your trust is important to me. I do not do what I do to make money! Believe me there is very little in the way of revenue for a small channel like mine. I could make far more money in less time as a Walmart Greeter! But covering my hobby expenses is nice and earning a few bucks from Amazon will allow me to continue to improve the content on my channel and perhaps upgrade my camera and sound equipment.

I welcome your comments and continued support.

My class at John C. Campbell Folk School

Wow, what a fun weekend! I got together with a great assistant instructor, Jerry Chandler, and ten of my newest woodturning friends for a class at the Folk School in Brasstown, N.C.

Jerry and I showed up expecting eight students but the number had climbed to ten, a challenging size since only a few had any turning experience. We started off with the basic beads and cove stick and progressed to a handy carvers mallet, a great addition for any shop. We moved on to using a scroll chuck as we turned a spin top with chattering from a dinner knife. Then on to an awl which helped teach the process of making most any woodturning tool handle.
We finished with a change to perpindicular grain with a small ring bowl. I think just about everyone experienced turning pine, osage orange, bradford pear and perhaps oak or dogwood.
We had a lot of impressed lookers at the Sunday morning show and tell of class results.
Here is a short video I threw together. I was too busy during class time to think about using my camcorder.