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  1. #1
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    First Lesson

    Today I got my first lesson. I received a private 5 hour lesson from Wally Dickerman. What a great teacher, I feel very lucky to have tapped into his great knowledge. Wally and his wife are great people very honest and open. I did get to view a lot of nice work, I think Wally has traded with everyone.
    It is hard to put into words how much I enjoyed myself today. Wally has such a depth of knowledge when it comes to the vortex. I got to see tools he made back when there where no bowl tools. I had tried one 14" hollow form, but did not have the tools to finish it. Wally let me try a lot of different tools. Life is great!
    I've only been turning now for about 3 months so this was a great treat for me. Wally walked me through a 7" X 3" hollow form. The opening is 2 3/4", walnut collar and alder form. What a difference a lesson can make. Wally spent time on form, tool sharpening, life, and turning. What a great teacher. I can not wait for my hollowing tools to get here. I decided to go with Don Pencils scorpion combo. After the lesson from Wally and trying his tools, I decided to wait on the laser, capture system, until I learn to do it by hand,and sound.
    Thanks for looking, as always comments are welcome....Thanks...Bruce
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    Always like learning something new!

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    Welcome to the club, Bruce. Wally has been my turning mentor for several years. He shortens the learning curve by years! This my 7th bowl ever after a the latest lesson with Wally.
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    Very cool, Bruce. (You too, Carol.) So far I've not had the opportunity to turn with someone else (other than the Intarweb), but I can imagine a one-on-one with someone like Wally could shave a lot of time off the learning curve.
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    Bruce good for you. Sounds like you learned a lot and had a good time doing it. That is a wonderful piece. Well done.
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    Paint me green with Envy

    I've been doing this turning thing for about 2 years now, I got the Nova DVR 3000 in June of 2006, and I'm taking on the role of demonstrator in our little club here, really, I'm not that good, but someone has to demonstrate stuff.

    I'd love to have some one on one time with a turner of Mr. Dickerman's skill, Bruce, and Carol, you two are really blessed.

    Cheers!
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    Bruce
    Good for you Bruce. Life is good when things go good isn't that the truth? Well done on the bowl. Mitch

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    That's a nice Hollow Form, Bruce.
    I'm very envious.
    I would love to get some one-on-one instruction from a good instructor. Oh well, one of these days!
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    become so uncommon?

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    Thanks to everyone. I'm still reeling from the lesson. Wally is great to learn from, he just has so much knowledge. Thanks again Bruce
    PS Carol very nice!
    Last edited by Bruce Pennell; 06-07-2008 at 01:15 PM.
    Always like learning something new!

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