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: woodturningonline.com, aroundthewoods.com; woodworking.co.uk, ehow.com, 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