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Thread: FEWS Turning Symposium Oct 11th & 12th

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    FEWS Turning Symposium Oct 11th & 12th

    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!!)

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    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.

    THANKS!
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    when do we get to see the video stu?
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    A week or two...........

    I took it in DVD quality, as I had the space on the HDD in the camera, and I want to burn a copy of each DVD and give them to Jean and Eli, but also to all the members of the club who were there.

    I just let the video run from 9 AM to noon then 12:30 PM to 5 PM both days, or there about, so some big files (like 4 GB each).

    My poor little Windowze machines are coughing and sputtering along trying to crunch these files. One now is only 38 minutes run time, but the "Time Estimate " is over two hours to crunch the video......

    Takes time, but I'll bet a highlight reel together at some point.

    Cheers!
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    Looks pretty cool Stu

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    Thats pretty cool Stu. Looks like fun for everyone.
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    Had a good time Stu. If possible I'm looking forward to viewing the 38min edited version. Those guys taught so much you gotta do a video recording to remember it all. After the symposium I went to work and did a 12 hour graveyard shift. Needless to say I was beat the next day.

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    Yeah, I had a great time to Alex and it was good to see you again, got some good video of you hanging on to the bowl gouge with Eli driving it

    All told, I have something like 10+ hours recorded, my stupid windoze computer is having a real hard time with it

    OH yeah, on Saturday I ended up as tour guide for them, we went to the Meji shrine, Omotesando and then I took them to Tokyu Hands, they were like kids in a candy store, too funny

    Eli got everything he needed for some gold leaf inlay, and some Japanese lacquer work.

    That day over lunch, Jean-Francios and I were talking, you know his newly developed eccentric chuck, the large one.....?? Well it is now sitting in the Dungeon Seems his Japanese distributor was not interested in it, and does not seem to be interested in carrying it in the future I know it is expensive, but he was happy to part with it, as he was sure he was over his weight limit for the luggage (Air France) and would have to pay per pound for the extra baggage, and that chuck is NOT light weight.

    The mind boggles at the possibilities that chuck hold

    I'll have to post a thread on it when I get it on the lathe, I need to order an adapter for it, as it is a 33.5 mm thread, and my DVR is a 1 1/4".

    Funny thing is, Jean Francois said not to worry about it, one day when I get my Oneway lathe, the 33.5 mm will bolt right on to it

    Cheers!
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    Stu,
    You snuck in a major gloat.

    We had Jean-Francoise ourselves last year & dang does he get agressive when he wants. & what he can do with a Bedan is fantastic.

    Chuck

    P.S. You suck for the sneaky gloat.

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    Yeah, talk about a stealth gloat. Not only did you get to hang out with two master wood turners, you got free stuff out of the deal. Congrats, and I'll be looking forward to seeing the video.
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    Lucky dog. Sounds like you had a great day.

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