On Saturday I went to school to learn how to use a skew.
I have joined the Quad Cities Woodturners while I am in Iowa. Randy Nagel, one of the members, and an exceedingly patient man, offered a class on using the skew.
I order one of Doug Thompson's skews, but was unable to get a handle on it in time for the class. Randy, bless his heart, loaned me his Alan Lacer skew!
We learned how to rough turn a blank into a spindle, how to 'plane' cut, and how to roll beads on round and square stock. Think pommel cuts. The 'plane' cut leaves the surface as smooth as glass, but boy, was it ever elusive to find the sweet spot to do that!
Rolling cuts require a 'dance' of the body to control the cut. Lots of practice will be required. But I did manage to turn a few decent ones. The pommels came out nice.
Quad Cities Woodturners is an awesome club. Their members are very generous of their time and talents. The club owns 8 lathes and 5 members brought in their mini's for the class. We have a new meeting place with lots of space. 13 people could work all at one time. Randy mixed his instruction with lecture, drawings, and demonstration lasting about ten minutes, followed by 45 minutes of practice for each lesson. We enjoyed a chili lunch provided by one of the member's wife. All this for a donation of what you thought the day was worth. How do you put a dollar amount on priceless?
And next Saturday he is repeating it for another group. Wish I had the time to go again.
Yep. I'm a lucky dog!