Woodturning in Romania #1: The Idea

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Blog entry by Ovidiu posted 08-16-2011 03:55 PM 6915 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone

I hope someone have the patience to read this series and not be bored then.

Typically, the brilliant ideas are born by chance. Because I’m not a special case, the idea came to me accidentally, looking on the internet ( at the request of a friend) some electric engraving tool. That was in March.
There was a period of documentation on woodturning, these activities so appreciated in countries such as America, Canada, the United Kingdom etc. I read many sites, forums, blogs, articles. I watched a lot of movies. I appreciated especially sites like:,;,, the video on youtube and many other. First I saw a lot of picture galleries of woodtruners more or less experienced and I was amazed at the things you can do.
Then I started to be interested in how to make these things like a box or bowl. I looked for images and videos that show me how they are produced. The next step was to see what kind of wood is needed, hard or soft, green or dry. How to cut log. What should I do the wood will not crack.
Because things did not seem very complicated (I think you can learn from experience and mistakes better than from the tutorials) I began to inquire what it takes, of course except for a wood lathe. With Google I was able to make an inventory of the most popular tools and do some price / quality ratio. So I got to know some specialized brands: Raffan Tools, Henry Taylor, Sorby, Crown and some bradns less knownlike Narex from Czech Republic. After that I went to mounting system on the lathe. It took me long enough until I decided not to go on the glue version mounting and hold the chuck mounting. That because I read about the importance of security work at the lathe.
I dedicated some time for sharpening tools.

This period of inoculation took me about 2 months. So at the end of May I was already convinced that I can do wonderful things for wood lathe.
With the beginning of summer I started looking for everything I need to make my first bowl of wood to the finished bowl.
Because in Romania can count on the fingers of one hand those who have made a hobby or a business turning wooden objects (except for legs of tables, chairs and balustrades for stairs), I don’t have people to share the excitement that came over me.
At this point my wife and my friends think it will be a waste of money and time. Only my 9 years daughterand 3 years son seem to be excited about the idea.

In the first week of June I had the budget and started looking for distributors for the necessary. At this point begins the ordeal …

To be continued

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

9 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-16-2011 04:19 PM

Good luck, and have fun.

-- My reality check bounced...

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#2 posted 08-16-2011 05:27 PM

Many of us here in the US don’t always have friends to share this joy with, so we meet up at! :) Not having many in Romania who do this could work to your advantage. (less competition).

Keep up the excitement despite what your wife and friends think. Once you start making things they’ll change their minds.

Good luck!

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#3 posted 08-16-2011 05:54 PM

Hope your search for lathe and tools turns out OK, without many people using woodturning as a hobby, that
rather limits your search to new items, which is more expensive. Good luck in your search, and hope to hear
more from you.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#4 posted 08-17-2011 05:02 PM

Best of luck with it. Don’t worry about the wife or family thinking you can’t do it, mine were the same way at first.

-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse

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#5 posted 08-17-2011 05:51 PM

Best of luck to you, Ovidiu. I too would love to do this but never seem to get around to it because of my other woodworking interests at the present. However, my lathe is still in my shop beckoning me. Welcome to Lumberjocks.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#6 posted 08-17-2011 08:04 PM

Being a turner myself I can understand how excited you are to get started. You can’t expect too many others to be interested, but I’m sure they will like what you produce, so good luck and I’m looking forward to seeing some of your projects on LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 08-23-2011 09:23 AM

Thanks much for wishes, I really need moral support. Today or tomorrow I will be able to complete with workshop equipment then I get to some really work. I wish you a wonderful week.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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#8 posted 08-24-2011 12:37 PM

Ovidiu let us know how things are going.

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#9 posted 08-25-2011 01:54 PM

Of course @SSMDad,

See part 2 “Equppin” of the Series.

-- Ovidiu from Transylvania

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