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Hello everyone,

  My name is Brian Higgins, I'm 30 years old, and live in the North Ga. mountains, with my wife and son. I have enjoyed woodworking all my life, including all the years I didn't even have any tools. I know that may sound strange, but I was the kid who watched Norm on Saturdays instead of cartoons. Norm turned me on to the craft, and I was always intrigued when he brought out the turning tools. After I got married and settled down, we bought a house with an unfinished basement, and the tool collecting began. And while I started with the basics like a tablesaw, miterbox, bandsaw, etc.. the idea of having a lathe stayed in my mind. I knew I wanted one, but I didn't know why. I was perfectly content with building cabinetry and furniture, including my sons crib, dresser,  & toy box, as well as our bedroom suite. Finally on my 24th birthday my wife surprised me with a lathe. I was immediately hooked, but quickly out grew it. So on my next birthday I upgraded to a larger one, that I still use today. It is not a very expensive one, but I have used it to the best of my abilities. As it turns out my wife's great uncle also turns. He keeps his Jet1642 under a covered porch, but in the winter time it gets to stay at my house. I am fortunate to have access to a quality machine when I need it. And while I do turn solid wood, the idea of incorporating my other tools, lead me to segmenting, which I have found to be the most gratifying.  I love segmented turning, open and closed forms, because of the sheer amount of possibilities inherent with it. I have also started experimenting with marquetry, and a little bit of carving and pyrography as well. So with all the options for shape, wood choice, and embellishments, I doubt I'll get bored anytime soon. Inspiration is everywhere, you just have to keep an open mind.

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85 pieces, walnut and poplar, 12 in diameter.

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Box elder, 7in diameter, deft spray on lacquer.

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90 pieces of radiata pine, mahogany, and cherry.

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85 pieces of purpleheart, curly maple, and canarywood. normally my rings each have 12 pieces, but the bottom ring on this one has 48.

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14 inches in diameter, and have 60 pieces of walnut, radiata pine, oak, purpleheart, knotty alder, and poplar.

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22 pieces of pupleheart, paduk, canarywood inlay with curly maple circles. 9in.x2in.

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Purpleheart, paduk, canarywood, spalted sycamore.

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14 inches in diameter. 67 pieces of poplar, walnut, curly maple, bloodwood, oak, and mahogany.

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Purpleheart vase with diamonds. 130 pieces.

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Cherry and poplar, 9in.x9in. 157 pieces.

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109 pieces radiata pine, walnut, and paduk.

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233 pieces of poplar, purpleheart, curly maple, and walnut. 9in wide x 7in tall.