FEWS stands for Far East Woodturning Society, we are an AAW chapter.
We had the great pleasure of having Eli Evisera and Jean Francios Escoulen come and give demos for the last two days. Both of these guys are amazing turners, fantastic teachers, and really, REALLY nice guys to boot. They are both fast friends, and it showed with their collaborative efforts and in the way they have a good time, funning and joking around with each other, like old friends should.
I am afraid I did not take many pics, but I did take a full 7+ hours of good DVD quality video BOTH days!
I'll be a whole editing it all down, but when I'm done, I'm sure I'll have some highlights to show you.
Here are the pics I did take.....
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Jean turning some eccentric stuff, one of this "Specialties" (go check out his homepage, amazing stuff!!)
Here he is doing a square plate, or platter, the two of them had some amazing tips etc on showing how to to this, and keep all of your fingers!
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And two pics of Eli.
They are both incredible teachers, and they can go really slow, to show you every detail, as well as turn so fast it makes your head spin
The time and effort given on the simple things, like sharpening and how to hold the tool, and how to stand behind the lathe, really make these kinds of symposiums worth it.
Tomorrow, Saturday, I get to play tour guide on their only day off in Japan.
I just wanted to express my thanks to Eli and Jean, but also to all the other guys out there that choose to spend time away from their families and their workshops, for a cramped seat on an plane, or to drive a long ways, just to share their amazing skills and knowledge, as well as enthusiasm for this crazy thing we call woodturning.