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My woodturing stated back in 2002 as a hobby. It has now become an obsession. I plan on becoming a full time studio woodturner after I retire from IBM. Until then I am a studio woodturner on weekends and weeknights. I am very interested in doing woodturning demonstations and teaching classes. My current obsession is Milk Paint. I also love to turn natural edge bowls, small vases and jazzing up my turnings with lots of color.

60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms

I have now turned 60 hollow forms in the last 3 months. During the Covid-19 shutdown. So far so good. They have kept the doctor away.

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Time For Something Completely Different!

I ran out of FRESH maple logs. Thus no more hollow forms for now. It is time for something completely different!

I have started making Nick Agar style square wall hangings. I am using the techniques I learned in a class with Nick at Arrowmont last year. Nick’s technique. My artwork and designs!

Here are the first 2 pieces that I made in the last couple of days. I am happy with them, but they still need some improvements.

Steel By The Numbers


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Everyone knows about “cold rolled” and “stainless” steel. When you want something else you need to order steel by the numbers. 4140, 1215, etc steel. The steel industry uses a standard set of number to tell you all about the properties of a chunk of steel. How hard it is, tensile strength, easy or hard to machine, etc.

When I am looking around on the McMaster-Carr web site (www.mcmaster.com) for a nice piece of steel. The web site sometimes shows me a nice table that does a great job summarizing the different kinds of steel. (See above photo and PDF.) Other times I can get the web site to show me this table to save my life. I forget I need to search on “about steel” or “about tool steel”.

Steels I Use

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