First turning Snowman :)

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Project by snowdog posted 10-20-2007 03:37 PM 2287 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first turning. I used basswood since I knew it was easy to carve, I figured it would make my turning a little easier for the first time. At least there was no blood . I really had no idea what I was doing but as I heard a few turners say, the wood will tell you how it wants to be cut and for the most part it was true. If I turned the chisel the wrong way it just felt bad or made a nasty noise (some vibrations) If I moved the chisel another way it would feel better and more natural.

I am thinking of using the shavings on the snow and ice this winter since I seem to make a lot of waste (shavings) in the shop.

All in all it was a lot of fun. I can see many more turnings coming this winter.. Now I need heat int eh shop.. brrrrr

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#1 posted 10-20-2007 03:40 PM

“In the woodshop we can build a snowman…”

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#2 posted 10-20-2007 03:41 PM

Nice job! I took an intro class with Nick Cook and we made a version of a snowman. You might want to Google to see if he has an article (I think so). As to shavings, they are my objective – hamster habitat – so I’m always successful. If something else falls of the lathe that looks like a bowl, plater or ???, so much the better.

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#3 posted 10-20-2007 03:57 PM

Looks like you had fun. You will have to try a few pens…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#4 posted 10-20-2007 04:14 PM

nice job- I use my shavings as mulch around trees-you have to get rid of it somewhere!

-- Spread love with our work

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#5 posted 10-20-2007 04:14 PM

Looking a lot like Christmas.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 10-20-2007 06:19 PM

Nice! You are really making me want a lathe. My wife will be really angry with you. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 10-20-2007 08:15 PM

Nice turning! I like little spindle work like that. Really neat.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 10-23-2007 05:16 PM

Looks like you’re having fun to me!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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