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Carving

  • Power Carving Textures    January 8, 2017

    Here is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am […]

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    November 9, 2019

    I have found that the “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr are a […]

Chucks

  • Collet Chucks    March 19, 2013

    I find collet chucks convenient for holding small work.   Collets typically […]

  • Foam Cole Jaws    April 8, 2019

    Here is my “Craft Foam Projects Bowl Rim” tip that appeared in the […]

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    February 5, 2019

    Chick here for printable PDF Here is some advice I wrote for a new turner who has […]

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    November 19, 2018

    Here is a pointer to my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” article that appeared on page 18 of […]

Classes

Demos

Dust Collection

  • Big Gulp Dust Hood    February 2, 2014

    Someone asked about the Dust Collector in the photo behind my 3520B lathe. I like the […]

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    March 26, 2015

    A “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal […]

  • My Studio July 2015    August 2, 2015

    Here are some photos of my studio in July of 2015. Carl Ford Studio Woodturner The […]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    October 15, 2018

    One of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I […]

Finshes

Galleries

Great Ideas

  • Get A Grip    November 7, 2018

    Here is my “Get A Grip” tip that appeared in the “Tips” […]

  • Handy Sandpaper    January 7, 2015

    I like to keep my sandpaper handy and organized. Here is how I do it. Handy Sandpaper […]

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    October 28, 2017

    I like to keep my Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of my […]

  • Label Your Tools    October 2, 2014

    No Color Code When someone saw the following photo they asked me. Do you have a […]

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    November 19, 2018

    Here is a pointer to my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” article that appeared on page 18 of […]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    October 15, 2018

    One of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I […]

Improvement

  • Drill Press Vise    October 30, 2017

    Groz UG100-3 Drill Press Vise Long ago I got this drill press vise that I really […]

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    February 2, 2013

    Here are two quick improvements to “Oneway” tools Longer Chuck Wrench […]

Intro

Lathes

Mini Lathe

Misc

My Work

  • 5 Day Class at Peters Valley July 12-16, 2019    March 8, 2019

    I am going to be teaching my 5 Day Woodturning Workshop class at the Peters Valley […]

  • Agar Class at Arrowmont    July 2, 2019

    I recently took a WOW Factor master class with Nick Agar at Arrowmont School of Arts […]

  • Cactus Plate Bowl    January 26, 2019

    Ric Rac Orchid Cactus Plate Bowl Last month, I found these old photos that I never […]

  • New Ring Tool    December 20, 2018

    Here are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly […]

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    December 19, 2018

    Here is a Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl that I just finished. 8″ diameter […]

Popular

Projects

Sanding

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    November 20, 2014

    Updated: 9/30/2019. Change bars in Blue on left.  Recently someone asked me for […]

  • Handy Sandpaper    January 7, 2015

    I like to keep my sandpaper handy and organized. Here is how I do it. Handy Sandpaper […]

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    October 28, 2017

    I like to keep my Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of my […]

  • Lathe Disk Sander    March 16, 2014

    A variable speed lathe makes a great disk sander. You can adjust the speed of the […]

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    September 11, 2019

    I want to document this here in my blog for my students. The Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls […]

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    November 9, 2019

    I have found that the “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr are a […]

  • Stikit Sandpaper    November 20, 2014

    I use Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper for all of my hand sanding. Note: I use Blue Flex […]

Suppliers

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks   

    Updated: 9/30/2019. Change bars in Blue on left.  Recently someone asked me for […]

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    January 26, 2014

    I found a C-Line Sheet Protector at a local craft store that I really like. It works […]

  • McMaster-Carr    February 22, 2013

    People are always asking me where did you get that?   And, my answer is […]

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    March 5, 2014

    Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.   I like to use […]

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    September 11, 2019

    I want to document this here in my blog for my students. The Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls […]

  • Power Carving Textures    January 8, 2017

    Here is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am […]

  • Stikit Sandpaper    November 20, 2014

    I use Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper for all of my hand sanding. Note: I use Blue Flex […]

Symposiums

Tools

  • Best Drive Center    November 14, 2014

    Updated 2/2/2018: It looks like Stuby Lathe USA is out of business. Thus you can no […]

  • Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II    November 25, 2018

    If you have a Munro Hollower II then you probably have discovered that the Button […]

  • Big Gulp Dust Hood    February 2, 2014

    Someone asked about the Dust Collector in the photo behind my 3520B lathe. I like the […]

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    January 26, 2014

    I found a C-Line Sheet Protector at a local craft store that I really like. It works […]

  • Cheap Big Drills    January 22, 2013

    I recently purchased a set of “S&D Drills, 9/16″ to 1″ by […]

  • Collet Chucks    March 19, 2013

    I find collet chucks convenient for holding small work.   Collets typically […]

  • Custom Centering Cones    March 29, 2013

    I could not live without my Custom Centering Cones that I have turned out of […]

  • Drill Press Vise    October 30, 2017

    Groz UG100-3 Drill Press Vise Long ago I got this drill press vise that I really […]

  • Face Shields    April 22, 2019

    People are always asking me about face shields. In A Nut Shell I have found that face […]

  • Foam Cole Jaws    April 8, 2019

    Here is my “Craft Foam Projects Bowl Rim” tip that appeared in the […]

  • Get A Grip    November 7, 2018

    Here is my “Get A Grip” tip that appeared in the “Tips” […]

  • Handy Sandpaper    January 7, 2015

    I like to keep my sandpaper handy and organized. Here is how I do it. Handy Sandpaper […]

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    October 28, 2017

    I like to keep my Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of my […]

  • Lathe Disk Sander    March 16, 2014

    A variable speed lathe makes a great disk sander. You can adjust the speed of the […]

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    March 26, 2015

    A “Lathe Curtains” tip in the December 2014 issue of the AAW Journal […]

  • Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder    January 27, 2013

    I love my new bench grinder!   I purchased it in Sept of 2012. I had to replace a 10 […]

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    March 5, 2014

    Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.   I like to use […]

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    November 16, 2019

    I have found that using a 2-1/2″ diameter hole that is 1/4″ deep is a […]

  • Munro Carbide Cutter    November 8, 2017

    This is the 1st of 3 blog entries I am going to release on Carbide Cutters. $12 […]

  • My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B    March 13, 2018

    Chick here for printable PDF My New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses my Old Powermatic […]

  • My Studio July 2015    August 2, 2015

    Here are some photos of my studio in July of 2015. Carl Ford Studio Woodturner The […]

  • New Ring Tool    December 20, 2018

    Here are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly […]

  • Power Carving Textures    January 8, 2017

    Here is some information I put together for a Power Carving Textures demo that I am […]

  • Ram Board Workbench Cover    February 27, 2015

    I found this new Ram Board stuff at Home Depot a few months ago.  It makes a great […]

  • Red Box Heater & Blue Blower    February 8, 2013

    Is it time to think about investing in a heater? Are you tired of standing in a cold […]

  • Self Centering Vise (Pen Drilling Vise)    May 11, 2013

    I decided to turn some Pens and Bottle Stoppers. I need some cheaper items to draw […]

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    November 19, 2018

    Here is a pointer to my “Shopmade Collet Chuck” article that appeared on page 18 of […]

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    July 31, 2015

    Updated: 7/8/2017. Change bars in Purple on left. Add new “Parts of a […]

  • Tool Sharpening Templates    May 17, 2013

    Note: This blog entry is a pointer to something that has existed on my […]

  • Travel Tool Set    December 2, 2018

    I recently created a new Travel Tool Set that I can EASILY take to demos, club […]

  • Turning Tools Bag    October 2, 2014

    I came across this “Pie Iron” storage bag the other day at Dick’s […]

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    February 2, 2013

    Here are two quick improvements to “Oneway” tools Longer Chuck Wrench […]

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    December 19, 2018

    Here is a Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl that I just finished. 8″ diameter […]

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    April 28, 2013

    Here is my response to an e-mail asking about woodburners. I currently own and use a […]

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    October 15, 2018

    One of my students showed up one day with a little battery powered workshop blower. I […]

Turning Tools

  • Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II    November 25, 2018

    If you have a Munro Hollower II then you probably have discovered that the Button […]

  • Label Your Tools    October 2, 2014

    No Color Code When someone saw the following photo they asked me. Do you have a […]

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    February 5, 2019

    Chick here for printable PDF Here is some advice I wrote for a new turner who has […]

  • Munro Carbide Cutter    November 8, 2017

    This is the 1st of 3 blog entries I am going to release on Carbide Cutters. $12 […]

  • My Modern Woodturning Tool Set    February 12, 2015

    I updated the 2015 version of this document on 10/01/2018. Time marches on! I have […]

  • My Studio July 2015    August 2, 2015

    Here are some photos of my studio in July of 2015. Carl Ford Studio Woodturner The […]

  • Travel Tool Set    December 2, 2018

    I recently created a new Travel Tool Set that I can EASILY take to demos, club […]

Uncategorized

  • Carl’s Photo Studio 2018    February 11, 2019

    Chick here for printable PDF Carl’s Photo Studio 2018 Here is my new photo […]

  • Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals    January 20, 2019

    A few years ago I realized I needed to improve my hand strength if I wanted to be a […]

  • New Ring Tool    December 20, 2018

    Here are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly […]

Videos

  • BCC Woodturning Studio Tour 2017    November 29, 2017

    I made a video to help promote my classes at the Brookfield Craft Center. It allows […]

  • BCC Workshop Class Winter 2018   

    I am still looking for a few good students for my “Woodturning Workshop” […]

  • Craft in America on Create TV    December 22, 2013

    I have been watching  “Craft In America” TV series on PBS. I really […]

  • Hosaluk Woodturning DVD    December 5, 2014

    I just finished watching a Michael Hosaluk DVD I really liked. “The Art of […]

  • New Ring Tool    December 20, 2018

    Here are some Cedar Vases I made with my new Sorby Ring Tool. The vases are roughly […]

Wood

Woodburners

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    April 28, 2013

    Here is my response to an e-mail asking about woodburners. I currently own and use a […]