I have been watching “Craft In America” TV series on PBS.
I really liked the “Forge” episode. The Silversmith and Metal Sculpture were interesting.
I also liked the Potters on the “Crossroads” episode.
Often things done by potters are easy to translate into Woodturning.
Currently they are rerunning the Craft in America series on WLIW21 Create TV channel in New York area.
I often find something of value in each episode. But, no episode is a complete winner.
Turning Bottle Stoppers is a great way to improve your turning skills. It is also a great way to use up little scraps of wood or experiment with exotic woods.
I turn bottle stoppers so I have some low end items to sell. I want to draw people in to look at my higher priced items.
Click Here to view the quick and easy process I use to turn Bottle Stoppers.
Note: This blog entry is a pointer to something that has existed on my www.carlford.us web site for a long time.
I like to create sharpening templates for my tools. The templates allow me to quickly and easily set up my grinder. I get a consistent grind every time.
Click here for PDF file of Tool Sharpening Templates.
How To Use
Here is how you use the templates.
Start by setting up the distance from grinding wheel to “V” arm.
Next set up the angle on the Wolverine Varigrind jig. Using the notches on the Varigrind Grinding jig can be confusing. They are not numbered. Which side of the notch? I avoid this confusion by just matching up the jig with the picture on my template.
The last thing you need to known is how far the Tip of the gouge needs to extend beyond the end of Varigrind jig.