What is a BowlSaw?

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Blog entry by Steuss posted 12-20-2008 09:18 PM 1124 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In September I introduced an entirely new hand-held coring unit for woodturning amateurs I called the BowlSaw. The response was a deafening silence! My intention was not to disturb the “establishment” but they fiercely resisted any change to their protocol. This thing was too new! They were afraid of it! I offered the tool to several Wood Central contributors for evaluation and received almost unanimous positive responses. I continue to challenge any brave woodturners reading this willing to try something so new that everyone is afraid of it. I’ll send you a BowlSaw at no charge if you will evaluate it for me and tell your club friends (and me) what your reaction is—good or bad. Dick, Novato (www.http//

-- Dick, Novato

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 12-20-2008 09:33 PM

I do not turn but I can see the application for this tool.

I personally do not have a problem with you sharing your invention on this or any other site. But your marketing is unrefined. Anybody that wants to sell a product needs a great marketing plan.

No matter what the business is, marketing and image making becomes the real business.

Do you have a good video? If any at all, you need a GREAT video. At least with the internet you can post it inexpensively and reach your specific demographic. You need to post it on all of the video hosting sites that you can. There are more sites than just YouTube and

I would recommend that you hook up with some professional and well-known turners. They should get a free tool for a chance to try it and review it. Get video of them using it and talking about it.

You have a great business opportunity but you may only be using garage sale tactics to sell it. Please do not take this comment as a personal attack, you are in a business survival situation and you need to take a hard look at the way you are running your business.

In my own business I suffer frustrations as well, but the first place to look for what is wrong is in the mirror. What am I doing wrong? Why am I not reaching my potential customers? Why aren’t they convinced? ...etc…

I hope that you take this for good solid advice as intended – not as a personal attack.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 12-20-2008 09:41 PM

i am in the front range wood turns and a student a red rocks, i would love to check one out and let you know what some of the guys here think.

-- Roper - Master of sawdust-

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 12-20-2008 09:43 PM

Here is a blog I did on business.

These books will totally change your concept of how to reach people. The blog really backs up what I have already posted for you.

Historically, there are thousands of great ideas that flopped, most often because of poor marketing strategy.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#4 posted 12-20-2008 09:46 PM

I think that LJ, FWW, and other woodworking sites are full of talented woodturners. You need to get among those with high profiles and send out a few to be field tested for review.

I think that many may even help you out with action photos or video. You never know until you ask.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 12-20-2008 09:49 PM

Yeah, I can’t help myself so I am back again.

I recommend to everyone go to your local Small Business Administration for tons of free advice and direction.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Tom Goodman

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#6 posted 12-20-2008 09:59 PM

I’m a sucker for new tools out on the market if I can afford them. So I checked out your web site and it looks like a sure thing. Normally I would love to jump at the chance to try a new tool and have the Lumber Jocks as well as others read my review on it. and even show a video of it in use. Unfortunately I will be leaving town the day after Xmas for a couple of weeks. But I do look forward reading other reviews on this. and if you still need people to evaluate it for you then I’ll be on board. I wish you Good Luck with this, Looks like a hit to me.

-- - " If you want square work, You don't cut corners. " - -- Tom Goodman, Santa Maria, CA.

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Dan Lyke

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#7 posted 12-20-2008 10:55 PM

I think the first thing you need to do is get that link to right

And you’re just down the road from me (I’m in Petaluma). I don’t turn (no room for a lathe), but I’d love to see a demo some time!

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#8 posted 12-21-2008 04:51 AM

I have been turning for 40 years – send me one and I will put it through its paces.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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#9 posted 12-21-2008 07:58 AM

I took a look at your site, and the site source, from a web developer’s standpoint.
I noticed that you are not utalizing the meta data and keywords to their full potential.

I suggest that you look into some things for your site.
1) Search Engine Optimization. This will help you to decide how to get your site to show in Goolgle and other search engines.
2) Web site analytics. If your host does not offer you analytic tools, Google offers web master tools, one of them being analytics. this ill help you to see how people are finding your site, how long they view your site, etc. This will help you to know if there is any interest, and were to direct your marketing efforts.

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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