...besides the woodturning ones?
Hi, my name is Joe Fisher, and I'm a woodturner.
I got started a few years ago when I found a '53 ShopSmith ER10 at a garage sale for $250.
A few months of trial-and-error, Internet and book learning, and I was making some basic shapes and bowls.
Then I got a Beall setup and was dangerous.
I thought it about time I get a bit of instruction, so I scheduled a lesson with our own Bill Grumbine. I learned lots of great technique and got to try some serious machines - the Poolewood and Vega 2600.
I went home with his DVD and 3 rough-turned bowls. But how will I finish those bowls? My little ShopSmith is a great piece of machinery, but not up to the task of turning these big bowls (or so I told my wife).
Enter the General 25-650.
Proud as a peacock, I turned on that machine for about a year. One of the bowls from my lesson was the first order of business:
It's still one of my favorite pieces.
Of course, with a bigger lathe come bigger accessories...
After having numerous problems with the lathe and General customer service, I decided to take the General rep's offer to take the lathe off my hands. I debated long and hard on what to upgrade to, narrowing the field to the PM3520B, Robust American Beauty and Stubby S750.
It was a difficult decision, but one I'm quite happy with.
So when I'm not turning I'm being a computer programmer here in Parsippany, NJ. I build and fly radio controlled aircraft, I have a 1978 Triumph Spitfire 1500 that I'm restoring, I'm an amateur blacksmith and a Guitar Hero.
I'm slowly developing flatwork skills. I enjoy working with hand tools and am trying to make more time to practice.
You can see more of my work at my website here.
Anything else y'all want to know about me, feel free to ask away