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Blog entry by David Craig posted 03-31-2010 06:31 PM 972 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a chance, yesterday, to spend another delightful afternoon/evening with Mike (aka jockmike2). Each time I visit, it seems my confidence level goes up a notch and I spend more time doing some actual turning. So there was much progress with the bowl I was working on and it would seem that it is not destined to spend the rest of its days as a permanent addition to Mike’s chuck.

The piece we worked on is a chunk of maple that Mike was kind enough to donate to the teaching process. He would prefer that I not share credit but, being the honest guy I am, I do have to give credit where credit is due. One thing I found endlessly amazing was watching Mike’s process on dealing with checks that would randomly appear in the wood. At times, I was very skeptical that the wood was even turnable. Then Mike would step in, squeeze in the CA glue and rub in some sawdust. After spraying the activator, work would commence until a new split was discovered and the process would repeat itself.

Being new to the process, I wanted to keep the bowl simple. I was also a little paranoid about the checks so I went with a more short and squat bowl design. I am more drawn to rustic and simple pieces, not because they are easy (sometimes simplicity is not so simple in execution) but because I believe they convey much without the necessity of excessive ornamental design.

At any rate, this is the bowl so far, without the first coat of poly that was sprayed on it before I left. On Friday, we will dose it with the second coat and Tuesday will be the start of another bowl.

Maple Bowl

Mike is a very patient person and a great personality to be around. I would say we both have fun and the company is a definite shot in the arm to help get me through the work week.

Happy woodworking all,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.



11 comments so far

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woodpeckerbill

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#1 posted 03-31-2010 09:10 PM

David, Mike must be teaching you well, that’s a nice looking bowl. Sounds like you both are enjoying the time.
Bill

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Dennisgrosen

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#2 posted 03-31-2010 09:20 PM

you are such a lucky man to have
a teacher like JockMike2 around
and for a first bowl it´s not bad
at all ceep up the progress and
soon you will do it by yourself
with confidens you never would
have thought
thank´s for sharing this
and the tip with the glue
I don´t know this type of glue
what is the name and brand
it sound interressting that it´s
possiple to aktivate after aplying

Dennis

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David Craig

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#3 posted 03-31-2010 11:43 PM

Thanks Bill for the compliment. Mike is a great guy. He is patient but will let you know when what you are doing is dangerous or is not going to work well. He makes no attempt to influence your design or tell you what tools you have to use. He will demonstrate technique but encourages you to be the one holding the chisel.

Dennis, Yes, lucky I am :) CA glue is pretty much Krazy Glue or Super Glue, there are several different brands out there. The activator (also in many brands though some call themselves an CA accelerator) speeds up the drying time so you do not have to wait on it to set. Mike would squeeze the stuff in, rub in the dust and press it as deep as he could in the cracks, spray the activator then have me start turning again. After awhile, the piece would finally settle and cracking would slow down. Now, they are an accent, instead of a detriment.

Thanks for reading,

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Jim Bertelson

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 12:18 AM

I am not into wood turning yet, although I remember making a bowl in junior high school…......do they teach that stuff any more? For that reason I am kinda looking forward to a lathe….....maybe in 5 years or so, I have a long ways to go with the shop and learning general woodworking first. Besides, I am having too much fun doing what I am doing…......(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 02:01 AM

I saw the bowl today David and it looked really good. Mine is of the chuck now too. I will post in a few days. Mike is a great teacher

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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jockmike2

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 02:35 AM

I am now referred to as St. Michael. Geeze Louis, you make me sound like someone I’m not. We did have fun and it was nice having you guys over, I’m so lonely!!! LOL Now really guys we just had a good time doing what I love to do. I haven’t had the chance to teach anyone so I do thank you for the compliments. I wish I would of had someone to teach me. Instead all I got was a bunch of beat up knuckles and scabs. Not to mention one bowl flying off the lathe at 3000 rpms just missing my wife’s head. Ya, I guess you guys were a little bit luckier than I was. Our turning time will continue for a bit. I did get a promise of some help cleaning up and organizing my junkyard. Thanks again guys, but I’m no saint, just a regular jock like you are.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Jim Bertelson

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 03:22 AM

........and did I say I liked the bowl…........I can’t tell the size but it looks like something substantial you could mix a salad in and not have it fall over…............my kinda stuff…...........

And St. Michael…...I think you need to think a little about protocol, dress code, clean shop….....you know….....all the stuff you always wanted to do….........(-:

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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Rustic

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 03:26 AM

I never called you a saint but the way you treat everyone is next to saintly-ness Just be glad that you have some appreciative friends around you who love you for being you. Yes, David and I will help you clean up. Just let us know when a we will be there with our hazmat suits LOL Just kidding Mike we will gladly help.

Rick

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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patron

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#9 posted 04-01-2010 03:31 AM

way cool , guys .

sounds like some ’ muscketering ’ going on here !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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Rustic

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 04:36 AM

We are the Three musketeers. All for one and one for all

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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David Craig

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 12:57 PM

Thanks for the comments all. Yes, Rick and I will clean up the church of St. Michael.

Actually Mike, one has to be dead to be a saint and we like having you around. So no worries on Sainthood. We will just call you a “great guy.”

It is hard, sometimes, to get good perspective from my pics because I use a camera phone and set my shots large so they are viewable. I am afraid I lack the professional photographer expertise that some here have. I just make sure I don’t cut off any heads in my shots :) The bowl is sitting on the bottom of a Maxwell House coffee container that is flipped upside down to keep it off the bench. So it is not as substantial as it might appear, probably 8-10 inches in diameter. It will look good on my fireplace mantel, well, after I make my fireplace mantel look good anyway…

I look forward to seeing your bowl Rick. Congrats on your progress and thanks for the compliment.

David

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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