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    I'm doomed to go to spinny land . . .

    Hello:

    Today was a beautiful day here in NJ, so the family packed up and went the the State Fair of NJ, held at the Sussex County Fairgrounds.

    We wandered around looking at all sorts of stuff when we eventually wandered past the Peter's Valley booth. Peter's Valley is as best I can define it is a teaching craft village in Sussex County NJ. They hold classes in woodworking, metalworking and countless other skills. The first time we passed by nothing was going on but a Jet Mini lathe was setup on a table. Later on we wandered by again an a gentleman by the name of Harvey Fein was operating the lathe. He was turning a walnut bowl. The whole family stood and watched him for a while and he described what he was doing as he did it. He completed turning the bowl, separated it from the "base" block it was attached to and handed it to my daughter - who was thrilled . He the chucked up another blank and turned a spinning top and handed it to my son .

    Towards the end of making the top he was describing how inexpensive turning was - that the lathe was $X, the chuck was $X and the turning tools were $X dollars. My whole family was saying - this is cool and you should get a lathe and make us things. Harvey Fein teaches a turning for lefties class at Peter's Valley that I'll have to check on the schedule for - I'm a leftie - BTW. The Woodcraft in Allentown has a number of beginner turning classes that my wife and daughter were intrigued by some time ago. I think they are going to get me to buy the lathe, tools and accessories and them I'll have to wait in line to use my own tools.

    I'm not sure but if I'm not already caught in the vortex I think I'm going to get pushed in . Right now I like the process of making things, but the hardest part of the process is deciding on a project. A lathe could open up a whole new world of opportunities for projects.

    I have to think about this . . .

    Watch out - those people already caught up in the vortex are sneaky!

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Another one bits the dust..... Larriey R U Pyun atnchun...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Mattheiss View Post
    Towards the end of making the top he was describing how inexpensive turning was - that the lathe was $X, the chuck was $X and the turning tools were $X dollars.
    Jim,...wait I need to wipe the tears from my eye and my stomach hurts from laughing too much...did he also say he was the rightful owner of the Brooklyn bridge and that you could own shares of it?

    Careful, like anything this can get out of hand! Larry quick, we need an intervention. This looks serious!

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    Ferget wat those flatboarders say - Welcome - there's always room for a Smart woodworker.

    Deciding what to make is EASY!

    All you do is mount a piece of wood.

    Start turning.

    LET THE WOOD TELL YOU WHAT IT WANTS TO BE!

    All you do is get rid of what's unnecessary and what's left is what the wood wanted to be.

    Sometimes it wants to go back to the burn pile. Those are learning experiences.

    Bruce
    Last edited by Bruce Shiverdecker; 08-02-2009 at 01:06 AM.
    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

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    Bill:

    The point of the $$$ discussion was to point out that the buy in to have a workable turning setup was reasonable and reachable. He professed to using a $100 set of chinese made turning tools and they were fine - and that as a starting turner you don't need the top of the line turning tools. If you progress in turning you can pick up better tools over time.

    Bruce:

    There was a vendor selling root carved baskets. They pull tree stumps and carve them into baskets - just carve away what isn't a basket and you are done!

    Cheers

    Jim

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    Jim he is correct. Many turners start out with inexpensive tools like these High speed steel tools from harbor freight I got mine several years ago then as I progressed I bought my bowl gouges and hollowing tools. I still ony have a 12" Rikon Lathe that I bought from Woodcraft for $a nlittle over $300. I Already had a band saw. so you can easily get started for less then $500. But beware thats only the beginning..
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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    SSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH , DON!

    Don't let out ALL of out secrets!

    Bruce
    Bruce Shiverdecker - Retired Starving Artist ( No longer a Part timer at Woodcraft, Peoria, Il.)

    "The great thing about turning is that all you have to do is remove what's not needed and you have something beautiful. Nature does the hard part!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Mooney View Post
    Close your eyes, click your heels together 3 times and repeat: There's no place like flat, There's no place like flat, There's no place like flat,
    Quote Originally Posted by Don Baer View Post
    Another one bits the dust..... Larriey R U Pyun atnchun...
    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Satko View Post
    Jim,...wait I need to wipe the tears from my eye and my stomach hurts from laughing too much...did he also say he was the rightful owner of the Brooklyn bridge and that you could own shares of it?

    Careful, like anything this can get out of hand! Larry quick, we need an intervention. This looks serious!
    jim dont let the teacher or the sad eyes of your family lead yu astray this vortex thing isnt good and changes the way yu look at wood forever..and your billfold will develope very large voids in it ...also you have much more clean up to contend with they take a nice chunk of wood and make a very large pile of chips to clean up..kinda like digging a hole and then filling it back in to redig.. and its hard on your eyes too, watchun the spinning wood ,,kinda like a hypmotizum..thats how they get yu to part with yur money.. and we all kow misery loves company ..thats why they try so hard to get new recruits..it helps them feel better knowing they arent alone in there misery
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    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    ...also you have much more clean up to contend with they take a nice chunk of wood and make a very large pile of chips to clean up
    Larriey,Larriey,Larriey.. don't you know that resistance is futile. Turners don't make chips we make curls...
    "There’s a lot of work being done today that doesn’t have any soul in it. The technique may be the utmost perfection, yet it is lifeless. It doesn’t have a soul. I hope my furniture has a soul to it." - Sam Maloof
    The Pessimist complains about the wind; The Optimist expects it to change;The Realist adjusts the sails.~ William Arthur Ward

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