Floor Mats

I have a concrete floor in my studio.  I also have flat feet, thus I need really good floor mats in my studio.  Over the years I have tried lots of different options for floor mats.

I tried the cheap ones from Home Depot, etc. When they were not soft enough, I tried stacking up the cheap ones, etc.  I even let someone at a AAW symposium talk me into a really expensive $200 mat. A sucker is born every minute! I hate that mat with a passion!  It will not stay put!  It is always sliding out of position!  Err!!!

A few years ago I decided to change all of my mats to the expensive kitchen mats with holes from Rubber-Cal.  If they are good enough for chiefs who stand on them all day in the kitchen then they are good enough for me.

I like the “Rubber-Cal Dura-Chef Interlock Anti-Fatigue Rubber Matting, 5/8″ x 36″ x 36”.

It has to be the 5/8″ thick mat!   The 1/2″ and 3/8″ thick ones are not soft enough.  The 3/8″ thick one is a complete and total waste.  It is like standing on concrete.

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Often there are similar looking mats at Home Depot, etc.  At first I was buying my mats their.  Then they changed brands.  The new brand really sucked!  The rubber was to hard!  Not enough cushioning for my flat feet.

Then I discovered I could get the mats on Amazon and the shipping was FREE with my Amazon Prime membership!  Otherwise, the shipping will kill you!  The mats are really heavy.

Do NOT purchase directly from Rubber-Cal. The shipping will kill you!  Free shipping from Amazon with Prime membership is like the best deal on the face of the earth!

The mats from “Rubber-Cal” come and go on Amazon.  With a price around $25 each.  Right now (12/18/2019) they are on Amazon for $30 each.  A good price!   Beware!  Some times the price goes up to $50 each or more.  Wait a while and the price will go back down.

Well, maybe $30 is not such a good price. But, I have flat feet. It is worth it for me. Similar mats at Home Depot, etc. have gone up in price over the years. They are getting close to $25.

Also beware of Amazon’s dynamic pricing.  If you purchase something today .  Then go back to purchase more in a few days then Amazon with jack up the price.  You can sometimes avoid this by looking up your old order.  Then going to old order.  Then go to the item from the old order.  Now the price is the same? Continue reading Floor Mats

Winter 2020 Class Openings

I am looking for two new students!

I have 1 opening in my Tuesday classes and 1 opening in my Thursday classes starting in January of 2020. Matching the right lathe height to each person’s elbow height above the floor is very important.

The opening on Tuesdays is on my shorter lathe. I am looking for a person around 5′ 5″

The opening on Thursdays in on my taller lathe. I am looking for a person around 6′ 2′.


Any 10 out of 12 Tueday’s between January 14th and April 7th, 2020. (Jan 14, 21, 28, Feb 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar 3, 17, 24, 31, Apr 7, 2019 (No class Mar 10)


Any 10 out of 12 Thursday’s between January 16th and April 9th, 2020. (Jan 16, 23, 30, Feb 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar 5, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9, 2019 (No class Mar 12)

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If you are interested in taking a class please email me at carl@carlford.us