Gordon is my right hand man, I thought that I would tell you a bit about how he has changed my life.Gordon and I were introduced to each other by his brother in law fifteen years ago. I was in hospital with his BIL and he thought that we would get on. Gordon is also disabled and has many similar interests. We both like Counrty & western music along with the 60’s & 70’s music we grew up with. We both went gun slinging, It is the UK so we fire blanks. Will we ever grow up? I hope not.Go...
Actually, I still have so many pending designs such as spiral, rectangular and the parabolic that are on halt. However, when I experimented on this rhumboid …. that from a square rod, I can convert it to a 60×120 degrees rhomboid. Simply saying, I can create two equilateral triangles out of a square cut 45 degrees from end to end. Meaning 45 on x axis and 45 degrees on y axis of a miter. Here is the design: THE CONSTRUCTION.. And here is the latest photo of the proje...
Here are pictures of me making an arch panel. You can almost taste the beer on that hot day. I don’t know why camers tend to make me look 50 pounds heavier than I really am.
The takingI think this is one of the hardest parts. Is it that we don’t like taking? Maybe it is a matter of pride, accepting help even when it might not be needed by ourselves. I needed to realise that others also have a need to give and if they cant allow them give, we are being selfish. I continually use bearings, might be a dust thing or perhaps I’m just a bit to rough on my wheelchairs. I normally just buy new bearings on line. It is quick and easy. So when I needed some bearings for ...
Let's Make Bandings of Wood Inlay #3: How to make Wood Inlay Bandings like the Buffard Freres of Paris
“Never underestimate the power of a single thought.” Ender Ilkay…(1966 – ) Salesman and Friend When I first saw these beautiful bandings I felt the excitement and the desire to learn similar to what I first felt when serving my woodworking apprenticeship. Obviously, these patterns are so remarkably unique. I thought to myself that these are truly great designs of highly trained craftsman who took the craft of woodworking to a much higher level. The Buffard Frere...
Sorry for the break, I’m not good at getting things down. I wander to much. :) Well there was a post tutorial discussion with my Right Hand Man Gordon. (I must make a note to tell you about Gordon my RHM) Pulling teeth was our consensus. Gordon asked if he had paid the full eight weeks? Worse, nine weeks. I had thrown in an extra week. Some folk who travel will often come for a weekend or two. I prefer doing it weekly and give them homework for the next. After eight weeks they reall...
This is a very cool story about the San Francisco Fire Department’s ladder shop! I know first hand how heavy these wooden ladders are. I also know first hand what a 1918 wooden ladder feels like SFFD Ladder Shop Video
Thank you all for the encouragement.I’ve had some really great PM’s, with some great questions. In this title I could relate to many wonderful folk over the years. I thought though I would relate a story of one of my Jolly Rouges who is now a mere 76.In 2004 I got a phone call asking about woodturning lessons for this woman’s Dads 70th Birthday.They live in Glasgow and although that is only a slow one hour drive, I suggested that she find someone in Glasgow.Next I new she...
This piece is not finished….I am about to make a new, thicker top. I feel that the existing top is too thin….SWMBO thinks that the existing top looks just fine…..What you think?
This was a story that I was unsure about sharing as it is a fairly complicated situation. I have just come back from a short Retreat and while I was there I got speaking to a friend who is a cello player.She told me the story of how she had worked with a young woman also with Cerebral Palsy. They created a dance routine with music.So I decided to write about it.One of the most prolific woodturner’s that I ever had the pleasure of teaching was a young womanShe has Cerebral Palsy along with a f...
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