About Me

I got hooked on woodturning in 2007 shortly after I retired. I started on a used Jet 1014 mini lathe with a ton of accessories. After a few months I knew I was sucked into the vortex and started searching for a bigger lathe. I finally broke down and bought a new Powermatic 3520B. My mini now serves primarily as a buffing machine. Now I am a hopeless woodturning junkie, spending most of my time with a variety of activities related to woodturning. These include making woodturning video tutorials I post on my YouTube Channel, hanging out on the various woodturning forums, teaching and demonstrating woodturning.  I enjoy a wide variety of turning from ornaments to hollow forms. I turn bowls but also enjoy turning lots of other stuff. 
 
I belong to the American Association of Woodturners (AAW) and active in the Chattahoochee Woodturners, serving as Treasurer after serving as the President, Secretary and newsletter editor. I am also a member of the Gwinnett Woodworkers which is also an AAW chapter that meets at Peachtree Woodworking. I also am a member and have served on the board of directors of the Georgia Association of Woodturners which meets at Georgia Tech. Teaching woodturning and demonstrating are activities I really enjoy. I assisted in planning and facilitating a workshop for turners wanting to improve their demonstration skills as part of an Educational Opportunity Grant Chattahoochee Woodturners received from AAW. We produced a video by Frank Penta on How to Do an  Effective Woodturning Demonstration. This is a great video for new demonstrators.

I do demonstrations for clubs from time to time and I have had numerous articles and turning tips published in Woodturning Design, More Woodturning Magazine and American Woodturner. In 2013 I demonstrated at the Southern States Woodturning Symposium and in 2016, I demonstrated at the AAW symposium in Atlanta. My articles, my demonstration handouts and some YouTube video links are available under Resources tab.


17 comments:

  1. You have some excellent videos and are a terrific instructor. I turn mainly pens, but recently started turning bowls. So look forward to checking out more of you videos.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Scott.Glad you found the videos useful.

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  2. I have watched almost all of your videos and have learned something for everyone. I am a beginning turner and what I am liking the most about your videos is that you are explaining how to use the various tools and at what angle to use them and at what angle to have the rest set for each particular tool. Keep up the great work and the explanations of the tools.

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    1. Thanks, Jimmie. I always appreciate the feedback that the videos are worthwhile.

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  3. Hi MIke,
    I came across you when looking up woodturning projects on line, Enjoyable easy to follow tutorials Keep up the good work, I have subscribed to follow you so looking forward to more videos Thanks.

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    1. Thanks, I hope the tutorials are useful to you. Safe turning.

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  4. Howdy from San Diego, Mike. Have been enjoying my visits to your shop for a few months & thought I ought to say hiyall back. Just re-watched the one about tapped wood faceplates /glue blocks. Now I know how to use this neat lil tool been sittin in the drawer! As an older (62) beginner, your lessons are so helpful & valuable that I can't hardly tell you. You saved me no end of injuries & problems by your advise. If you ever get out to San Diego, let us know!

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    1. I appreciate that very much. I will keep your offer in mind if I get to San Diego.

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  5. I keep looking at your helpful Journal bit about your dovetail recess tool that cuts a nice 10d angle for the dovetail jaws. I am still trying to figure out how you grind (sharpen) the angle on the short edge that forms the "angled wall". Do you do that on the side of a grinding wheel?
    Thanks.

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    1. I thought I had replied to your earlier email. Yes, I shaped this on the side of a grinding wheel. A suppose it could also be done with an angle grinder. This tool gets light use so most sharpening after making can be done with a diamond hone.

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  6. Hi Mike - Thanks for your welcome - I am recently retired (former pastor) although I use the term retired - its more re-tyred - Thanks for all your tips and I look forward to spending many hours in my man shed wood turning - Im getting hooked!!!

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  7. My pastor is a retired Methodist Superintendent. I get the impression a pastor never retires, but just changes some of his/her daily activities. Good luck with your turning and God bless.

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  8. Hi Mike,

    I inherited an old Craftsman lathe a few years ago and didn't do much with it until recently. I came across some of your videos on YouTube. You have some of the best instructional videos I've seen on the Internet. I really appreciate that you put the effort into the videos to help guys like me out.

    Thanks!

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  9. Hi Mike,
    I met you yesterday by chance and was blown-away by the quality of work that you "turn" out. I have just started turning with the Jet Mini and look forward to viewing your videos so I can start actually doing more than just "playing" with this new toy. Thanks for the introduction and pointing me to your blog.

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    1. It was nice meeting you, Len. Thanks for dropping by and good luck with your woodturning.

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  10. Great job on your videos Mike. I am a subscriber and fan. Keep up the good work!

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    1. Thanks for your support. Safe turning my friend.

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