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Blog entry by leghome posted 08-04-2014 10:49 PM 1773 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I took one of my assembled lamps to a restaurant I was frequenting a couple of years ago. The owner was in and we had developed a friendship from the time it opened about 9 years ago. She looked at the lamp and asked me how I glued all those odd shaped pieces together. I tried to explain how wood turning worked be she insisted I had glued these odd shapes together. I took a uncut blank in with all the corners and angles to show her what it looked like before I started doing lathe work. Her husband listened as I tried to explain how it was done and laughed and walked away with a huge smile on his face when she again asked me how I glued all those odd shaped pieces together. To this day she still does not and probably never will.

-- If'n I had knowed retirement was this good I'd a dun it sooner

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#1 posted 08-04-2014 11:19 PM

Thats a funny story. I know what you mean. Some people assume so much that they can’t ever get past their initial impressions.

I’ve tried to explain woodturning as I have a small bowl and vase on my desk. The pine hollowform really throws people. They really don’t comprehend how its made even after I explain. They think I must have carved it ;)

I did in a way, so I just let them think it

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#2 posted 08-05-2014 12:07 AM

It is a strange world. To those of us who turn wood as second nature it is inconceivable that others cannot understand how it is done. Constant source of genuine surprise to be called ‘clever’ or ‘so talented’ when all that is done is really quite simple, when you know how and have practised it. Leghome, I’d quit while you are ahead and keep carving/turning!

-- Thermaloy

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#3 posted 08-05-2014 12:22 AM

There are these things called angles baby doll.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#4 posted 08-05-2014 01:22 AM

The first project i posted here was a little keepsake box that i had pillowed the lid. (cut a thick blank on my tablesaw in a pyrimid type shape and then sanded the ridges off.) maybe 10 min of shop time. I was pretty proud of the dovetails- BUT that lid got more commets than all the other details!

-- Growing a full beard is proven to instantly improve your handtool skills...

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#5 posted 08-05-2014 08:52 PM

I get the same thing when I show some people a turned piece of plywood with the circles and ovals!!


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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