All posts by Carl Ford

My woodturing stated back in 2002 as a hobby. It has now become an obsession. I am now a full time Studio Woodturner after voluntarily retired from IBM in 2016. I produce one of a kind turned, carved, burned and painted wood vessels. I am very interested in doing woodturning demonstrations and teaching classes. My current obsession is Big, Bold, Surface Decoration. I also love to turn natural edge bowls, vases and jazzing up my turnings with lots of color.

Revolutionary New 110 Volt Lathes


Laguna Revo 15/24 Lathe and Powermatic 2014 Lathe

It seems like, there is a new lathe on the market every time you pick up a new issue of a woodturning magazine. Most of them are of little or no interest to me. However, recently two new lathes have come out that really get my attention. I think they are going to become very popular. I think the new Powermatic 2014 is really going to revolutionize the under $2000 market.

The new lathes are in the $2000 price range. A very popular price range.
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Downdraft Paint Booth

Photo: Downdraft Paint Booth

I finally got around to making the DOWNDRAFT Paint Booth that I have been dreaming of for years. I have been using it now for a couple of weeks and I am very happy! No paint fumes end up in my studio. They all go outside.

I do most of my painting with an airbrush or spay cans. I spray mostly clear acrylic lacquer or clear polyurethane out of rattle cans. I have a spray gun that I almost never use. Continue reading Downdraft Paint Booth