Why Turn #1: In the beginning

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Blog entry by MrPukaShell posted 01-25-2010 03:46 PM 1101 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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One of my friends came in one day and threw me a Craft Supply catalog to me. We were talking as I thumbed through the catalog. He asked me if I had ever made pens before and I replied “How do you make pens”. It was all over with from there. I started dreaming after reading a few articles and a couple of internet searches. Started buying pen blanks before I even had a lathe. Made a pen press as I was saving for my “Machine”. Began my daily search on Craigslist for a used lathe and some tools. After a month or so I found a Jet vs Mini & a bandsaw. A two hour drive and I was set. I stared cranking out pens and little do dads every chance I could. That was two years ago and I find myself standing at the lathe every chance I can. I am not sure why a spinning piece of wood intrigues me so much. I guess it could be the first time you apply finish and the grain just “Pops” at you showing the beauty you have unlocked. It could be the time alone with no one but you to control the shape and the outcome of the final of the project you are working on. I do like the reaction of people when you give them something you have turned and they always say, “You made this?”. Then there are the shapes, too much here and not enough there can make a man cry, I never knew a 1/16 of an inch made such a difference. I just keep trying for perfection with a smile on my face as the learning process continues.

Time for some shavings…..........

-- Robert, So Cal, My Turn or Yours.....

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#1 posted 01-25-2010 04:27 PM

I probably spend about half of my time in the workshop doing furniture, boxes, and other conventional woodworking where the primary objective is precise joinery. I spend the other half of my time on the lathe. I enjoy them both but in different ways. On the lathe I feel more like an artist. With conventional woodworking I feel a little more like an engineer.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-25-2010 04:59 PM

I don’t think I could say it any better than Rich… I love being able to manipulate the shape and form at the Lathe at the same time I enjoy the precision of joinery work.

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#3 posted 01-25-2010 05:04 PM

My time is the same as Richs, I really love to turn, but people want me to build stuff and to justify the expense of the tools I already have. Turning, is fun, fast, and messy. The artistic and technical aspects are a big draw for me aswell.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 01-26-2010 03:02 AM

I brought a mini lathe to Az thie winter and I can spend all my time turning. It is so satisfying to create a new shape and make beautiful gifts to give or sell.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 01-26-2010 08:28 AM

I have really been bitten buy the turning bug. Would rather be doing that then any other woodworking. Just can’t get enough.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#6 posted 01-30-2010 04:16 PM

I just got my lathe a while back. I’m addicted to it..

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#7 posted 01-31-2010 09:49 PM

I find that a lathe is fun, but haven’t delved into the deeper and bigger pieces. I’m sure that I’ll get there some day.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 02-10-2010 06:01 PM

Turning can be very addictive.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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