Jenny Trice

My name is Jenny Trice and I live in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, with my partner, two corgi dogs and a brown tabby cat.  I grew up in Ohio where my dad was an avid woodworker.  I didn’t get much beyond sweeping sawdust there but I did learn an appreciation and curiosity for wood and beautiful things that could be made from it.  Two ingredients I believe are helpful to developing skills in woodworking are an inquiring mind and plenty of persistence.  Those traits happen to also be what led me to my profession as an Engineer.  I have worked 23 years for a company that makes tape and sandpaper, helpful to the woodworker, amongst thousands of other products.
Other than a brief exposure to woodworking in Jr. High school shop class, woodworking for me started when I first bought a house.  I built a deck and a utility shed and finished the basement.  Then I bought a cabin that required a complete rebuild and between my house and cabin and helping out others, I did at least 1001 do-it-yourself projects.  Those projects necessitated having some basic tools but when I got to the finishing part, I realized I wanted to do more than basic carpentry, I wanted to be a woodworker.  I wanted joinery to be tight and the finish to be nice.  I’ve done enough now to know that I am never quite satisfied but I do see improvement, so that is encouraging.
I went from big to small with my projects.  I built a Murphy bed with book cases to give me more room in my guest bedroom (a great place for putting finish on my turnings), and made some small wooden toys for friends and family.  It was those toy projects that eventually led me to turning.  Trying to buy the right size and wood species for toy wheels and other round parts landed me at a friend’s shop with a lathe.  I really liked the idea of turning so I signed up for a turning class at the local Woodcraft.   Hello vortex, here I come. 
I took a class on turning lidded boxes, followed by a basic turning class and then a bowl class (wrong order but I didn’t know any better).  Then I decided it was time to have a lathe so I started with a Jet 1220.  With that, I experimented with about everything I could do on it, pens, bowls, the start of hollowing, toy parts, etc.  To feed my learning curve I also dove into the process of scavenging wood anywhere I could find it and preparing wood blanks, turning green wood and drying it.  Boy, there is a lot to learn in this hobby.
I am now about a year and a half into my turning adventure.  I just acquired a Jet 1642 EVS so I can turn some of those larger chunks of wood.  Currently, I am fascinated with the possibility of getting better at making hollow vessels.  I love the form of some of the work I see on the various forums.  The forums here at WR have been an incredibly helpful resource for me as I am learning, and I get the impression that the learning never stops.  I also belong to the MN Woodturner’s Association which is a well organized club with good demonstrations.  I have spent many hours poking around on forums, and looking at books and videos and I have met some wonderful people who have been very generous and helpful.  I still feel like I am at the base of the mountain and am surprised, and honored, to have been asked to tell my story here.  Thanks to all who have helped me along the way and for letting me share.

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Poplar from my back yard, 6-1/2” x 2-1/2” x 3/16” finished with Tung Oil.

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White ash, 6-1/2” x 3” x 3/16”, finished with General Woodturner’s Finish.

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Toys that I have made.  The need for round parts on toys led me into wood turning.

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My new lathe is a Jet 1642 EVS.  I just upgraded from a Jet 1220.  Bigger things are in my sights.

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Pens make great gifts and are a good way to make a few bucks along the way.

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Natural edge bowl made from Russian Olive, 8” x 6” x ¼”.  The wood was sent to me from Robert Harper, WR member.

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Butternut bowl, 8” x 2” x 3/16” finished with Wipe on Poly.

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Red cedar bowl, 5-1/2” x 3” finished with Tung Oil.  I lead the woodworking club at work and sometimes get calls from people wondering if anyone wants wood from trees they are having taken down.  That was the case with this cedar.

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Cherry bowl from my neighbor’s yard,  7” x 2” x 1/8”, finished with General Woodturner’s Finish.

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Birds eye maple from Upper Michigan, 7-1/4” x 3” x ¼” finished with Wipe on Poly.

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Experimenting with dyes.  Poplar bowl 8” x 2-1/2” x ¼” finished with Wipe on Poly.

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My first stab at hollowing.  I hope to do much more of this in the future.  Butternut 7-1/2” x 3-1/2” and oak 5” x 2-1/2”.