Central Florida Woodturners meeting update

Just wanted to let everyone know that our June meeting will feature Don Geiger. Don’s demo will take up most of our 2 hour meeting, so we will have a very short club greeting and reports and get right into the demo. That means; No Show and Tell, No wood auction, and our club challenge will be pushed back to July. While I don’t want to take away from the demo, I also don’t want to take away from the time it will take for everyone to look and vote on the submitted works. So those that are ready, sorry, those that have procrastinated a reprieve. Look forward to seeing everyone! June 15, 2017 @ WoodCraft @ 7 pm.

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What I’m up to…

This weekend will be teaching a basic turning class at WoodCraft. We will go over safety, sharpening tools, tool selection and use and of course they will be doing a lot of spindle turning. 06/10/2017 starting at 10 am. Casselberry, FL.

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Tampa -The Woodworking Show

Had a great time at the The Woodworking Show in Tampa. Took my dad to hear all the great lectures and maybe buy some stuff. He did both. I was supposed to turn but ended up just showing my work and talking to people, some were former students. Check out the show site on Facebook The Woodworking Show. I got a new steady rest by Carter, I’ll post a review after I use it a bit. I’m also putting together a new sharpening grinder for demo, pictures to come.


The Woodworking Shows Clockwise, starting in the top left corner: Bradley McCalister, Bill Dalton, Al Hockenberry, Ron Brown
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Fun This Weekend

This weekend is the Florida Woodturning Symposium. Should be fun have a great line up of turners for the crowd. I’ll try to post pictures and add some thoughts. Have a great weekend.  FWS rotation schedule

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Posting work and the holidays

Well Christmas is over and I can get back to a dull roar. Made many gifts and they seemed to be well accepted. Heading out this week to pick up some Black Walnut, should make some beautiful vessels and bowls. I posted some pictures under “Some of my Turnings” at the top of the page. Have a look and let me know what you think. Happy New Year!!

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Great Vacation

Just got back from a great vacation! Wife took me on a New England Cruise. We flew into Baltimore, MD the cruised to Portland and then Bar Harbor, ME, then St. John, NB and finally Halifax, NS. We had a great time. Rented a vehicle in Portland and went to Kennebunkport and walked around and in Halifax took a personal tour with David Currie from CanBird Tours of the Lighthouses in the area. If you get a chance these guys are great. I’ll post some pictures in a bit. Now back to work and woodturning.

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This is a platter I did during a class with Al Stirt. Great teacher.


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Personal problems

Does anyone know a sure fire fix for poison oak, ivy, etc. I’ve been to 3 doctors and my dad (MD) and I’m still having it spread. This is getting old and I’m getting tired of docs practicing on me. Ah, it itches. No more good deeds this year I’ve been punished enough. Happy Monday!

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More new Toys

I know it’s been awhile and I keep promising I’ll do better..ah, the human condition. Horse hockey. Anyway, added toy for the grinder. In my continuing pursuit of getting a quick and consistent edge on my turning tools I purchased the new jig from Don Geiger. Vertical Solution Pro Sharp 4X, sounds really impressive. It gives you the ability to not only sharpen your gouges, using the Oneway or Ellsworth jig (I think others will work also) but it give you the ability to put on consistent back bevels. This is used to lessen the lines that appear in bowls as you move from the sides to the bottom of the bowl. The lines are pressure lines the tool makes on the back of the cut. It is caused by the “sharp” edge created on the bottom or back of the tool when sharpened. I have used small block of wood to move the tool forward with sharpening to remove the sharp edge or done it by hand. This jig negates this plus gives you the ability to put multiple bevels and even a micro bevel is needed. It also makes the move from one wheel to the other much easier, with virtually no setup time. Do I like it? Yeah I think so. It does raise the tool up about 1 1/2 inches, just FYI, I don’t have a problem with that but if your grinder is already high, it might be an issue. How well is it made? You can damage it if you run over it with a D4 cat. You won’t need to buy another one. Do you have to have it? Well, I consider Don a friend, so..on a scale of 1 to 10, an 8. Will you use it if you buy it? Yes! It is no different than the arm, in use, that comes with the wolverine set. Below are some pictures.

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Set up WordPress on my cell to make it easier to post. And from my iPad. Life is amazing. This is a long way from using Genie for email.

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