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Carl’s Website & Blog Merged

Merge of Carl Ford's old Website and Blog

On 9/15/2020, I merged my Woodturning Website and Blog onto the same WordPress Blog platform.

  • If you go to www.carlford.us it now takes you to the new Home page for my Website on my blog.
  • If you go to www.carlford.us/blog it takes you to my most recent blog posts like it has been doing for the last 7 years.
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Meta Description: Carl merged his Woodturning Website and Blog on On 9/15/2020. They now use the same Wordpress Blog platform hosted by GoDaddy.

Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives Photo: pm_smock.jpg

Over the years I have owned a number of different turning smocks. Here are MY thoughts.

Sooner or latter every turner decides they need a turning smock. Because, sooner or latter nature calls and you just don’t have time to shed all the wood chips, etc. She who must be obeyed, has a no wood chips in the house policy!

In A Nutshell

I like the AAW Turning Smock best. I absolutely HATE the blue color. The dark grey one is not a whole lot better. But, I have found the lightweight, short sleeve and roomy design works best. It is easy to get on and off. It easily sheds wood chips. Continue reading Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

Meta Description: Carl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.

Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals

A few years ago I realized I needed to improve my hand strength if I wanted to be a better turner. Thus, I purchased a set of “Zon Resistance Strength Hand Grips” from Amazon for $7. I use them in the morning while I am riding my exercise bike. They give my hands a good work out. I like em. They have improved my turning.

When I was a kid my uncle had a set of these that you needed to be Superman to use. They were made for weight lifting, etc. The Zon ones I have are good for mere mortals. The resistance is enough, but not to much.

Meta Description: Carl recommends Zon (brand) hand exercisers for woodturners who need to improve their hand strength. The Zon ones are good for mere mortals.

Retired from IBM


Today 8/31/2016 was my last day at IBM.  I started on 6/13/1983.

I voluntarily retired after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days.  Approximately 8347 working days (no weekends or public holidays).

I am looking forward to my 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.


Meta Description: Carl voluntarily retired from IBM after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. He is looking forward to his 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.

Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress

I was forced by the GoDaddy people to move my blog from Quick Blogcast hosted by www.GoDaddy.com to WordPress hosted by www.carlford.us

New and Old Blog address is the same.  No change.

blog.carlford.us   (Preferred Address) or
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Meta Description: GoDaddy is discontinued Quick Blogcast on June 25, 2014. I moved my blog to Wordpress at www.carlford.us. This turned out to a blessing in disguise. I like Wordpress a lot better.