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    Bright idea

    Sure, get a lathe & some tools when you can't even sharpen pencils, dive right in without so much as turning on a light. I'm like a flower, yep... a blooming idiot...but then again, I guess for a noob using the handle's butt end to shape with, it could've been worse...well maybe not, but I'm sure building up a great supply of mulch, and having fun to boot...time to do some schoolin, at least on sharpnening...and maybe design, and sanding, and finishing and...

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    Sorry to bore you all with these attempts, but in 20 or 30 years from now, when I'm a 'little' better at it, I think it will be cool to look back on and wonder...why in the world did I ever post such things

    Edit: I 'believe' the flower vase/candle holder is outta maple, and the lamp I have no clue, what we call scrub trees around here, they grow up thru the fences like weeds
    Last edited by Ken Cook; 05-14-2011 at 05:49 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Cook View Post
    in 20 or 30 years from now, when I'm a 'little' better at it, I think it will be cool to look back on and wonder...why in the world did I ever post such things
    Hey, nothing wrong with "early projects" ... especially when they're put to such good use!

    Actually, I see very little not to like. Maybe some room for improvement on proportioning and "crispness", but I'm not one to talk. I've had a lathe for ... 8+ years now? ... and have turned comparatively little. Your 3 lamps would probably equal half a year's worth of turning for me.

    Keep cranking 'em out - that will help to keep people from noticing my lack of output.

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    Both the vase and the lamp look real good for someone with your experience (or lack thereof). The vase especially shows that your eye for curves is developing, and once you get some more hours under your belt (and shavings under your feet) the other elements (like design) will fall into place. Learning to sharpen will help you make a big step forward, as will getting more experience with tool technique. When those two points are covered, the sanding becomes a bit easier.
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    I like them Ken. Gonna put a shade on the lamp ??
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    What a bright idea!! Looks like your skills are blossoming! Nice work Ken...keep at it
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    Nice work Ken. I always date and sign my first piece to compare at that later date. Well done.
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    Ken everybody starts somewhere. As noted sharpening will increase your finishing immensely, and of course practicing (that which you want to learn) helps too!
    Pieces look good from over here. Sign/date em and chuck up the next piece!

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    Good for you, Ken. I like them.
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    Thanks folks, I really am enjoying the ride, just seems like I'm sitting in the rear facing seat of a station wagon, not sure where I'm headed, but I can see I'm moving

    I'm learning that sharpening is definitely an art! I think the sandpaper takes a bigger bite than my tools. I took an old motor I had lying around, and threw a wheel on it from 'ol smokey' my previous grinder...much better results than I've been getting from the 1" belt sander, which I keep slicing...This wheel I'm using is way too coarse though and I'm waiting on the replacement I ordered. Now to learn the proper profiles{?-terminology}, for all I know, the guy who had these tools before me, knew as little as I do .

    I also think my jealousy of your all's work, over-powers my patience/confidence...yeah that must be it, could you all lower the bar a little until I catch up?

    Have a great weekend!

    Edit: @ Bob, yes on the shade but that's now in the Missy's hands
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