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    Story of "the bomb": The making of a woodturner (with pics).

    I have been working with wood since my dad taught me basic power tools when I was a kid. I took some breaks along the way…once my whole tool collection was stolen and my house burned down a few times believe it or not but that is a different story.

    The real story is how I became a turner. I have always marveled at how the turners were able to post project after project …oh and they were so good looking. Most of the turner proto-types in my mind were folks who were somehow backwards. I felt much more comfortable bringing the wood over the spinning blade than bringing the tool to the spinning wood!

    I posted and posted with my complements on the gallery works the turners had created and even got as far as to pick out my beginner lathe (a jet 1220vs), just thinking it was the last major dimension of woodworking I had yet to learn.

    About a week before I was ready to buy the lathe I got a call from one of the SMC Mods asking me if I would like to become a part of SMC history. I said sure not even knowing what it meant. He then asked for my address and that was the end of discussion at that point.

    About a week went by and other phone call (Ken Fitzgerald). He asked me if I had ever heard of the term “ the bomb”. I said no but was instructed to look it up. I had to go way back to the beginnings of the SMC forum to find this post. Many who are the founders of FWW were part of SMC at that point.

    The bomb was a Jet 1014 mini! Ken had received the bomb by making turner comments and they sent him the lathe to get him started. I was given a tracking number and told that this lathe would be sent to me as it was to Ken, free of charge to get me started in turning. He also warned me that it was to be a gift and a curse. I didn’t know what that meant yet but day later the bomb was due to be delivered to my residence and on the first day I missed the delivery. Since it was insured I had to wait out 3 delivery day attempts and all were during work. I came home at lunch each day but missed all 3 attempts so I had to go pick it up at the depot.

    When I got to the depot with truck ready to “haul r’ home finally”, the guy wheeled out a busted box and a broken lathe. I was heart broken so I called Ken and signed some paperwork to get it sent back so Ken could start the insurance claim. In the meantime I had ordered a slew of tools and turning paraphernalia so I was ready to turn something when it arrived.

    Ken must have knew this BC as I went back to work the next day, bummed out, I got a called from him saying to swing by Woodcraft tonight. When I got to woodcraft after work I found that Ken Had bought me a brand new Jet 1220VS and it was ready for pickup with my name on it. The woodcraft guy asked me if I was Dewey the minute I walked in.

    The rest I can’t post because it is all post vortex!

    I will pass on the bomb to the next person when I upgrade. It was a curse I found out BC of all the tools I had to buy and the ability to crank out projects makes your flatwork go to the wayside only because when you are working flatwork and say you put a piece in the Bessy’s to cook, you go turn something while you wait. The ability to walk out of the shop with a fully finished and dried “ready for the gallery” piece is very difficult if not impossible most times in flatwork.

    Don’t get me wrong I still do flatwork as seen in my serving tray but that thing took a month to do and in that time I turned about ten things. In that respect I am a hybrid turner but I still put inlay or marquetry on everything. Stay tuned for a more complicated work that will take me a while. I will turn a few things in between but this one will be spectacular and I doubt the majority of you have ever seen anything like it.

    Thanks for letting me share my story. It was actually requested by a couple of the Mods and members here.
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    Last edited by Dewey Torres; 04-10-2009 at 05:27 AM.
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    Thanks for posting the story, Dewey. I was involved in a couple of the SMC bombing runs, and I knew you'd been bombed, but hadn't seen any pics of the event until now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    Thanks for posting the story, Dewey. I was involved in a couple of the SMC bombing runs, and I knew you'd been bombed, but hadn't seen any pics of the event until now.

    That stills floors me to this day!

    All,
    When I applied to FWW...you know when it has the Mods do a check out to make sure you are legit?

    Well...Vaughn already knew me! The bomb is why. It made me famous...and broke...and happy...and cool...and the turning community is bar none the best. I have received about $1000 worth of free stuff in the mail since I started turning in late Feb...

    Glad to be a turner!
    Dewey

    Everything is better with inlay or marquetry!

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    Dewey, that is a great story!

    Good on Ken for getting you a new lathe, I was in on Ken's bombing run, way back, at SMC, before I was even a turner, just a wanna be turner
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    The Abyserration continues!!

    Dewey, welcome to the dark side, and Ken, excellent Job! I was on SMC when you were abysserated,which was terrific fun all around.
    -Ned

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    Great story Dewey!



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    You are doing great and Ken is a great guy!
    Congrats!
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    thanks for posting dewwy and i too was one of the ones involved and still have stayed away from the disease but still support those that do... was involved on the others as well and ken is definatly a stand up guy ..if you ever get a chance to meet him in person yu should do so! thanks again and this is why woodworkers are No. 1 in my book.. flat heads or rounders
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    Dewey thanks for posting the story. I also was in on the bombing run of old Fitz. There is not a better guy. He has become a friend for life. He and I talk on the phone occasionally about techniques and turning. I hope someday that I will be able to meet Ken. Hopefully when I retire soon. (264 days)

    Congrats Dewey. You have become a good turner in a short time.
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    and say, “Hi, Honey, I’m home – forever.”

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    Dewey,
    Great story and congratulations... I didn't get started in quite the same way, but somewhat similar... my "bombers" were family though... my wife and I were touring in central Texas and stopped by a gallery in Fredericksburg where I saw a bowl that had been turned from some of the local mesquite... all red and gold, shined like a new penny.... breathtaking.

    I had never turned or even thought of turning at that point. Matter of fact, in spite of my father being a journeyman carpenter, I had little interest in woodworking. He was not a teaching man.. if he knew a process, then by reason of having been born his son, I should know... just his way.

    But I remarked to my wife that I liked the bowl and would like to have the talent to do something like that. Christmas came and my wife conspired with my son to give me a lathe for Christmas. He showed up with a Ridgid from Home Depot. Neither he nor my wife knew anything about lathes, nor did I. It was a good lathe to learn on, but much too fast for bowl work... lowest speed was 750 and it was an MT1. With the lathe came a boxed set of 22" turning tools... standard low priced tools that HD sold, most of which I'm still using today... we tried the lathe in the garage that day on a pen blank and kit he bought to go along with the lathe... I was hooked from the get-go. So was he.. we had so much fun, he went back to Austin and bought himself a Jet mini 1014 and set it up in his apartment living room, then decided he really should move it to the balcony outside.... he turned for a while, but his work took more and more of his time until one day he just gave me the little mini.

    I'm still using it, but replaced the Ridgid with a Jet 1442. I passed the Ridgid on to a neighbor.
    Last edited by Chuck Ellis; 04-11-2009 at 12:20 AM.
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