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What follows is is my digital journal of my wood turning journey - with notes to myself for future reference. The Table Of Content links are pretty much in chronogical order - putting down where I started, where I've gone and maybe some idea of how and why. And I put this stuff on the web so as to not lose them - and be able to get to stuff quicker and easier than shuffling through folders and pieces of paper. And by putting this stuff on "digital paper", I often become aware of things I've done unconsciously and gain some understanding - that I may be able to use later.

It started innocently enough. I'd finally finished Das Bench, needed some round bench dogs and some store bought dowels just didn't go with Das Bench. Since I had a wood threading set I figured I should do some wooden screws as well. I had a little UniMat metal lathe so is turned some dogs in rosewood and padouk. Relatively speaking, this turning thing was almost instant gratification - the crack cocaine of woodworking - and drains bank accounts just as fast. Start between centers then get a chuck - more sets of jaws, more turning tools, ...


how about magic wands? ---->

more magic wands ------>

Using a skew chisel -what I've learned so far--->

More Skewing Around ---->

The Paradox Series ---->

Weed Pots? ---->

Glass Insert Weed Pots ----->

How about some Apricot (and some on LDD? )---->

Melaleuca and Variations on a Shape ---->

Adventure With Black Walnut (or sometimes you get really lucky)

When Form is all you've got to work with ---->

How about a turning tool holder/ case / stand /? ----->

Last Minute Christmas Presents - Hair Sticks ---->

Last Minute Christmas Presents 2 - Spoons ---->

Eccentric? ---->

Leave it to the French - Trembleurs ---->

You Got the Chainsaw - Now What ---->

A Bench for The JET Mini ---->

Lidded Boxes----->

More about The Nice One ------>

Turned Lidded Box - "How To" Instructions and a few examples ----->

Serendipity - An articulated Joint & Applications ---->

Ideas for adding movement to your next piece ----->

Chemo? Crisis = Opportunity - - ->

You never know where an idea will come from (in this case an Indian Fast Food restaraunt)

Turning Ideas - Various Approaches / Schools ----->

Have a Wolverine or True Grind Jig? Fingernail Grinds Inconsistent? ---->

"A" is for Ants & Ahnks

"S" is for Spinarets (seeing how fine I could turn using a skew)

"S" is also for small ... (taking things to the extreme - with a 1/4" bench chisel)

The Cliche Series

A New Twist - Literally (thank you Barbara Dill for your enlightening article)

A Turned THREE Sided Box? (again - thank you Barbara)

How To Get The Biggest 3 Sided Box Out Of A Square Blank

Multi-Axis Human Form

"D" is for Dragon Flies (added 11/08/07)

Three Arcs Box into a Christmas Ornament (with some How To and a slick tenon sizing tool added 12/24/07 )

Chess Set - That Damned Knight (added 1/13/08)

"F" is for Fruit Wood (Plum) Forms that make nice one note Flutes

"Pith In", Cracking and "Common Knowledge" - Dealing with "pith in" green turning

"M" is for Mad Hatter - with turned top hat (3/01/08)

Hollowing and Hollowing Systems - there are more every day

MiniMonster - an owner's review

MiniMonster Hollowing System - a 3rd party's review

When your Muse abandons you - find a kid. Two All Beef Patties ...On A Sesame Seed Bun (added 7/21/08)

Tis The Season (Christmas 08 turnings)

An example of fixing an OOPS! - turning it into a feature - then ART?

BRAINSTORMING. (Some ways to get around }I'm just not very creative")

Lighting - from the INSIDE - of a pierced piece

Change the Scale, Change The Design Perspective - Jewelry Scale Pieces

"I'm just not very creative." - Why - and How To Get Over That Mental Block

HexBug's CRAB micro robots - adding movement to a piece

Curves, Tangents and Foot

Playing with The Jack In The Box Phenomenon

Biological Imperative - eccentric wheels and spiral finial

Tight Rope Walker

Rain Stick - with swapable innards - and threaded ends

SPRINGS! (now what can I do with them?)

More Magic Wands - with a twist

Hollow Forms "Rules" and "Rules of Thumb"

PRESENTATION ( getting your piece to STAND OUT from the crowd )

Toys 'R Us Inspired Idea for Interacitve Pieces (swivel joints!)

Universe Calling - Make a Barbara's B.O.W.L.S. bowl

The "Uniform Wall Thickness" / Shrinkage Thing (the wood's gonna move - and you probably should have an idea of how much - in which direction)

A Magic Wand For Barbara's Daughter

Movement: Magnets: MAGLEV

Visualizing CAUSE & EFFECT of 2 ARCS and 3 ARCS multi-center turning - SketchUp Models

How about laser engraving? Better yet, laser low relief carving? (4/28.2010)

Wishes Box with Overhanging Rim, Concave Lid with Integral Finial (5/4/2010)

Interactivity - WITHOUT TOUCHING - "stamp controllers", "sensors" & "action" components (7/4/2010)

The Three Sisters - my first programmable battery powered micro-controlled set of three.

Behavior Inspired Idea

Firewood's Journey - a very tactile piece

An LED Magic Wand

Carved Winged Cup

Suspended Walnut Amphora - with "blended" pull

Winged Transformer Box - That Spins!

"Popping The Grain" (how to enhance the figure in wood of your piece - with dye)

Sound Visualization Bowl (inspired by a Lee Neddon Tibetan Singing Bowl)eyds95r35czx

A Top - that doesn't look like a top (Goya + Aladin + Drozda)

How Many Angels . . . ? (Turning to small diameters)

Turning To Small Diameters - With A Parting Tool - HOW TO

Trembleurs Anyone? Dental floss is the secret. (added 10-17-2012)

NEON anyone? (1.2 mm diameter, flexible neon tubing)

GNARLY - (find the worst chunk of wood you've got - and turn it into sumptin' )

A Laser 3D Low Relief Carving Primer

Redwood Root Burl Slabs - with some amazing figure in them\

Rain Wand (summer 2011)

PhotoShop as a Design Tool - Basic Tutorial (added 9/10/2011)

The Drozda Onion Finial's Proportions - Unlocking Its Secrets? (12/06/2011)

Mutli-Center Concept SketchUp Models - based on Barbara Dill's papers & Articles

Streptohedrons - Concepts & SketchUp Models - based on David Springett's book Woodturning Full Circle (added 12/31, 2011)

A Two Arcs With and Without TWISTS multi-axes turning Primer (added 3/ 5/2012)

Lets get small ( turning miniatures with How To & YouTube videos - updated 10-15-2012)

A miniature T-Ball - with finial and icicle (7/9/12)

DIY Wood Burner/Vaporizer

Add REVERSE to a JET Mini VS

An affordable DIY Video System for Demonstrations (added 10-16-2012)

A different take on a "Natural Edge Bowl" - its a Zen Thing (added 12-19-2102)

Kaitlin - a DESIGNED Multiple Axes piece (1-8-2012)

Why DESIGN in 2D SIDE VIEW when the actual piece probably won't be viewed that way?
(and what you can do to make whats seen in the Real World look like what you designed)

Masai - The Pencil Is Mightier Than The Spear

Split Bowl Technique - a relatively easy way of doing pieces that seems impossible (8-15-2013)

An Attempt at a Multi Axis Primer The fundamental concepts behind multi axis turning(2-25-2014)

Human Figure on 6 Axes HOW TO (added 11/18/2014)

Questions? Comments? Suggestions? Constructive criticisms? If so - e-mail me

more to come

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