Turning slippery slope #1: Starting to turn

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 12-24-2008 10:13 PM 1252 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Yep – you read that right. I’ve been hesitant to turn anything because I’ve never really liked that “spinny” thing. But a friend recently has convinced me that turning would probably be a good thing for me to learn since small projects can be done quickly and are not physically demanding and I can learn it’s simply steps pretty quickly.

I’ve already got the Jet mini lathe and most basic turning tools. I took my Christmas money today and signed up for some starter turning classes at Woodcraft.

So here’s yet another topic for me to blog on. Hope you all will bear with me and hopefully, as I learn and blog some other starters can learn along with me.

Until next time – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#1 posted 12-24-2008 11:05 PM

Betsy, I wasn’t into turning myself, until my local wood store held an event where you could turn a pen for troops stationed over seas. Being prior service, I couldn’t pass it up. My daughter and I went and turned two pens apiece. Since then I have taken a pen turning class and have even sold a few to friends and co-workers. It is kind of addicting! Now I have to save my pennies to buy the tools. Good luck.

-- Rick

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#2 posted 12-24-2008 11:46 PM

Betsy, you won’t be sorry. I bought my lathe less than two months ago and got myself addicted to making pens pretty quickly. And, when I run out of pen kits, I’ve taken to grabbing scraps out of the shop to practice with and find that practicing is just as much fun.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-25-2008 01:09 AM

I’m looking forward to learning. I’ve convinced myself it’s my next great adventure.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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#4 posted 12-25-2008 01:16 AM

There’s no hope for you Betsy. You’re now on the crack-cocaine of woodworking! I know because I’m an addict myself…lol.

-- Carl Rast, Pelion, SC

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#5 posted 12-25-2008 12:44 PM

I look forward to learning through your experiences!!!
I want to see how long it takes for you to become addicted.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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