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Jan 19th, 2008 at 1:51pm
 
At Leo's request, I am opening a new thread so I don't hijack someone elses.Good advice on his part.I will share some experiences in hope will help others.My friend down in South Texas turned large stumps for a living.We had adjacent stalls at the Mesquite Art Festival one year in Fredricksburg,Tx. On saturday, he sold out, & had to drive all night to pull his work out of galleries to be ready for Sunday.Point is these truly works of art were 2'-4' in diameter & his only turning tool was a 5' bar w/ a tip like a parting tool.His tool rest was a section of railroad track. It was told to me that while turning, the tool caught,kicked up & hit him in the head,killing him.We miss his talent & the beautiful things he created.I want to suggest that anyone doing deep hollowing use a bar that can't kick up.Chainsaw accidents: carefully read everything regarding safety you can-kickbacks are real.
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Reply #1 - Jan 19th, 2008 at 2:51pm
 
Thanks for sharing that Doc.  Very unfortunate accident.  Did he have a son or anyone to continue his art style?
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Reply #2 - Jan 19th, 2008 at 4:53pm
 
Leo, as far as I know he only had a wife. I don't what became of his equipment.The scale he worked on was remarkable & scary for even me, & I have made some big stuff. James invented a boring system that is truly ingenious & safe. I have used it hollow out vases up to 3' deep. I will try to get him to join this site & post the story of how he made it. He would be a wonderful addition to this family.I have been told that we have 2 families-the one we were born into & the one we make for ourselves by working at it.
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Reply #3 - Jan 19th, 2008 at 5:58pm
 
Jeff,
I have to agree with Leo thank you for sharing that. It does sound like he did some amazing pieces. Can you post some of his work in the gallery I would love to see it.

Chuck
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Reply #4 - Jan 19th, 2008 at 6:09pm
 
Chuck, I would love to post pictures, but I didn't have a digital camera.I am just now getting back into turning after a long absence, & if I learn how, I will get my hard photographs digitalized so I can post them.I don't have a single piece I ever turned so that I can take a picture w/ my waterproof Optio-necessary for kayak fishing on the coast.
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Reply #5 - Jan 19th, 2008 at 6:31pm
 
Jeff,
No rush whenever you get a chance.

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