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Describe a day... Part I
Dec 11th, 2017 at 8:47am
 
Describe a day from your woodturning life that left you thinking "this was a really good day."
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Re: Describe a day... Part I
Reply #1 - Dec 11th, 2017 at 10:19am
 
Mine was to most a very simple day but such a feeling of accomplishment I felt. The afternoon was to make a Rolling Pin for my wife, who’s enjoys her baking of cookies from rolling dough to adding sprinkles to finish.
I started with rough turning a basic piece of coarse,solid Cherry from a local find. This I took to 3” diameter exactly across the length of the Rolling Pin body. I wanted the handles to rotate so I drilled out my Maple handle blanks to accept an Oak dowell. I made an end cap for the dowell (s) and drilled my hole in the Pin to accept the dowell.
The handle I made to a comfortable fit for my Wife’s hand and that involved several test fits, after the first handle was made I surprised how hard it was to match up the profile for the second handle.
  I knew the rolling of the pin was going to be judged so I chucked up the pin centering on my handle holes to turn the pin once again to exact diameter of 2 3/4” to finish.
All was assembled given awhile for the glue to dry on the Oak dowells and I presented the finished Rolling Pin to my wife. A smile was given and the next day a batch of dough was made up to test my pin, all was quite well and my reward was another great batch of Sugar Cookies.
I still get a smile from that very good turning day each time I see the Rolling Pin in use.
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Re: Describe a day... Part I
Reply #2 - Dec 11th, 2017 at 2:08pm
 
For me this usually involves one of the following:

1) When I feel that I have "Mastered" a new technique.  To me "Mastered" means that I could teach it to an accomplished advanced turner (the most critical student and from where one gets the most feedback). Thumbs Up


2) When I "Discover" a new finishing technique.  I am always looking for a better finishing process (the steps past finish sanded and before "ready for the display").  I am about 3/4 of the way thru that after this past weekend... Cool

3) When in a production and I turn out a good number of QUALITY turnings. I am told that I am my own worst critic.  I often show my bride my work and then point out what I would do differently next time.. Huh

4) When I take that step beyond finished and make the turning into something extraordinary.  (PS - 4 out of 5 times this ends in a step the other way.. Sad)
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Reply #3 - Dec 11th, 2017 at 5:58pm
 
When I sell a piece for a goodly sum, or when I have a good day at a craft fair and have a nice contribution made to my "tool fund."

It goes deeper than the money, though, it is an affirmation that I make something that is desireable to others, and an affirmation of my skills and craftsmanship and (dare I say?) artistry.
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Re: Describe a day... Part I
Reply #4 - Dec 11th, 2017 at 6:46pm
 
When i discovered something new about turning that made my day!!!    ( Like a new faster way to sand, finish, New technique  to get rid of tearout.  Anything to save time,  or when i find a cool piece of wood)... Smiley
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Reply #5 - Dec 13th, 2017 at 11:20am
 
I hope that you will forgive a somewhat long story.
I had made a small, open segmented vase and showed it to a designer/acquaintance of mine. He said that, if I could make it a lot bigger, it would be a hanging lamp simply by turning it upside down and wiring it up. I laughed that off and promptly forgot the idea.
A week later, I saw him again and he asked how the lamp was coming along. I told him he was nuts. He virtually dared me to try at least.
So, I cut out 400+ segments from a length of 2 x 4 I had lying around. I figured that, since I was going to blow this thing up anyway, I may as well use junk wood.
Well, I got it glued up in two sections - top and bottom. But my Vega bowl lathe ways were much too short to allow me to chuck this up and use tailstock support. So I made a extension from 2 x 6 scrap, bolted it on and proceeded to turn this beast.
My best day in the shop up until then was the day that I was able to glue the two sections together, having turned the inside of both halves, and turn the outside, supporting the piece with my home-made wooden bed extension.
Since it was made from 2 x 4 scrap, I didn't blow it up. Had I made it from nice wood, there is not doubt that I would still be finding segments on my basement shop floor.
The lamp idea never did take off, but it now sits on a table in my house as a vase, holding dried flowers.
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Reply #6 - Dec 18th, 2017 at 1:30pm
 
My FIRST really good day was the day that I came home from the store and my "guys" had moved the lathe out of storage and brought it to the shop and set it up exactly where I had marked the floor!!!

Best couple of hundred I ever spent on those guys!!

My first sale was from a month long exhibit of our turning group and I think I was one of about 5 other sales.

My stuff (only 4 pieces left now) is set up in my store and it still gives me a thrill when someone picks a piece up and loves how it feels in their hands and sets it down with w c/card next to it!! Smiley Smiley
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