This is the first of a series of promo/educational videos just for fun to show the creation of some of our turning projects, it will eventually span into other projects and venues if this campaign is successful.
This is a historic beam, lots of history to it, 100+ year old Douglas Fir heartwood.
OK Let’s have some fun with some opening thoughts …
Added Remix Short Version 8/5/2014
Artisans of the Valley presents – Roebling Bowl #4 – 2014, an educational video showing the creative process from beam to bowl. Just nine minutes in time lapse format showing each stage of the simple layout, cutting the blank, the turning process, sanding, finishing, polishing, and hand burning in a signature.
#1 – Round is boring! After a while, ya know what it’s OK to leave some flat sides so if you love it or hate it that’s fine its artwork and it’s my art!
#2 – I don’t like face shields, its my face and I’ll get splinters in it if I want too. YES I have glasses on I’m not stupid I like my eyes, I need them to see with. Face shields fog up and when they do it’s more dangerous than without them as you can’t see what you are doing. I’ll eventually get an air shield.
#3 – I like my spindle rouging gouge … its a traditional sharpening style, its slightly swept back so the edges are NOT going to snag so easily. It’s 3/8” soft tool steel, its not snapping any time soon. It works … I like it … yes I am fully aware it is not an expensive specialized bowl gouge. It sharpens quickly and easily … important when cutting contaminated abrasive materials. If you don’t like them for this purpose, don’t use one!
#4 – I like scrapers … they work, maybe one day I’ll start playing with more bowl gouges but with this material and with manzanita I find that it just works much easier to simply scrape. The tools dull so often in this stuff with all kinds of abrasives and contaminates that its much faster for me to just quickly sharpen a scraper than it is to go mess with angles and perfect sweeps on a bowl gouge.
#5 – Power sander on lathe, this is a business! I am not spending hours and hours upon hours sanding. It works, and yes once and a while you can get it snagged up. It’s $69 and to smash one and completely destroy it would still be a savings even if it happened every 20 bowls compared to the time spent sanding without one. It doesn’t really happen though, run 50-100 rpm and be ready to let it go and get your hand out of the way if it does catch. I’ve done this for years, it works …
#6 – Faceplates vs Chucking reminder this is a BUSINESS … chucking takes time and effort. A faceplate takes a few minutes to mount and you’re spinning. Why loose 3/4” depth of the bowl in the center with an inset chuck mortise? Put the screw out wide on a face plate and use lots of small screws and you’re in business fast and you get the center depth. Fast … efficient …
#7 – Reminder, historic value … these will sell around NJ / NY for this reason. Douglas fir isn’t the most interesting material in the universe but this stuff happens to be very rare/unique. It’s also probably gonna kill me to turn it as who knows what’s in it so it is thus sealed with epoxy to ensure nothing leaches out of it. Some of that “black spot” may be the very oil that was used to lubricate the cables of the Brooklyn Bridge.
#8 – The Sorby sharpener is prob one of the best things we picked up to add to our sharpening lineup, and putting it right next to the lathe was the smartest shop layout decision we have made in years. Its fast, easy, and requires only a sidestep to the right and back to the work on the lathe.
#9 – The PowerMatic 3520B is a great machine … loving it! Yes would recommend, yes buy one! It has handled everything I have thrown at it so far w/o a single shake or vibration. There is a 70lb manzanita burl coming soon that will be my next test!!
-- Eric M. Saperstein, Master Craftsman www.artisansofthevalley.com