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Blog series by Lisa Chan updated 03-11-2010 07:05 PM 5 parts 5890 reads 28 comments total

Part 1: Each day brings new delights

10-21-2009 08:19 PM by Lisa Chan | 3 comments »

I’m glad that my last rainy day terror didn’t dissuade me from my efforts. Thanks everyone for the upbeat words and encouragement… it actually made a big difference when I got out there again. This weekend I went to Rockler and saw this great deal on Bocote turning blanks. Picked up three 1×1x12 for $1/pc. BTW… has anyone else noticed that Bocote smells like pickles when worked?! WEIRD! After turning two spindles, I decided that I was absolutely in love with th...

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Part 2: Honing Oil Right in the FACE!

10-24-2009 03:30 AM by Lisa Chan | 5 comments »

I really like my local hardware store… Stoneway Hardware. First, the people who work there are VERY nice. One happened to go to school with my husband about 12 years ago. Another girl is super sweet. And the owner took a few minutes to personally visit with me when I mentioned at the checkout that they were going to be seeing a lot of my business in the future. I picked up a wide selection of regular ol’ sandpaper, honing oil, Howard Feed-N-Wax (Beeswax and Orange Oil), steel w...

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Part 3: It's been a while, but I haven't been unproductive!

01-25-2010 07:39 PM by Lisa Chan | 9 comments »

I’ve been doing nothing but perfecting my turning for Russian-style lace spindles. I even experimented with French spindles too. People have noticed and I have been sending off a freshly turned spindle to a far flung corner of the United States at the rate of about one a week. Between that and teaching classes, I had to go out and get a proper business license and start paying taxes. I would like to branch out to some other areas as well, but right now my heart is in practicing my...

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Part 4: The agony of de feet.

03-05-2010 05:58 PM by Lisa Chan | 9 comments »

... and the back. And the throat! I flew through minor throat surgery with flying colors. It kept me out of the shop for 5 days. In that time, I managed to work up a pretty decent backlog of orders. (I create and sell custom tools for hand spinning yarn.) Catching up has been a mixed bag. I’m feeling a little off my sculpting game. So my first spindle, while functional and to the order of my client, just didn’t please me. The weight was too much, the Cherry bruised, the bead...

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Part 5: It's raining, but I'm still finishing

03-11-2010 07:05 PM by Lisa Chan | 2 comments »

It’s been a great week for getting caught up on spindle production. The weather in North Seattle is gray and wet. That means that shop time won’t be that pleasant. That’s OK. I have a handful of orders to sand, polish, and finish. I’m looking for a good source for Birdseye Maple and Tulipwood. Later today, I’m meeting up with a new client and we’re going to spin some yarn together.

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