Turning slippery slope #4: My first turning class projects

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 02-01-2009 12:27 AM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well I can certainly see why turning is so addictive. I had my first techniques class today. We did a little spindle work and some hollowing. I got to use a lot of different tools to get a feel of them. Skews, gouges, scraper, multi-purpose tools, parting tools, etc. Had a terrific time. Learned a lot. Mostly that I have no idea what I’m doing – but I know I’m going to get better.

We used soft woods today, ash and popular. They turn very easily so they make good woods to learn on. We did not do any finish type work but that should not be hard to pick up. l’m glad I started this journey.

So here are my projects – a spurtle, a scoop and a scraper. (A spurtle is a Scottish eating gadget that they used to stir their porriage.)


My scoop needs a little sanding on the edges – but it came out pretty good.



My spurtle is not taper quite right – but it does feel good in my hand.


The scraper is really supposed to be a spatula – but can’t see how it could be a good spatula – but I can see using it to scrape the bottom of bowls or a frying pan. Mine needs a little shaping work on the business end.


Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 02-01-2009 12:48 AM

Great first attempt you will only get better but if this is how you started you’re obviously a natural at turning well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#2 posted 02-01-2009 01:22 AM

OK, I’m officially jealous!

Terrific Start!!

Are you going to share the technique on how to make that scoop?


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 02-01-2009 01:33 AM

Lew – I wish I would have taken pictures. But yes, I plan to make a second one so I can make sure I actually learned how to do it.

Basically though – If you can make a goblet you can make a scoop. I was pretty amazed that had I made the stem smaller and the “foot” larger – I could have had a nice little old fashioned egg holder. I probably will wait a few days before I do any more turning. I really stretched my neck’s tolerance today so I’m going to give it a bit of a rest before I start back. That’s one draw back of taking a class – you don’t take breaks like you would at home. You don’t want to miss anything!

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

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#4 posted 02-01-2009 01:49 AM

Nice job, Betsy. These “turned” out really well.

Have fun and keep on turnin’.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 02-01-2009 02:33 AM

They look great. Keep working at it and try not to get to addicted.

-- "At its best, life is completely unpredictable." - Christopher Walken

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#6 posted 02-01-2009 02:34 AM

Thanks guys.

Scott – you better keep your day job – comedy doesn’t suit you!!!! :-)

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

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