Learning in turning

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Project by jjw5858 posted 09-13-2011 11:10 PM 1352 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I must say I am a very lucky man for my little woodworking shop….aka (half of the garage… is placed on a wonderful and inspirational property of woods (I included two pics as well). Back here as my love of woodworking grew (a little under 2 years ago) I realized more of why I even approached this passionate pastime….I love the woods.

Even though many of my projects are rarely true “Country Woodworking” every now and then its’s a real blast and a gift to have such materials right here in my own backyard…or further on down a dirt road.

I split some pine I had in the back and decided to break out the Bodgers horse and drawknife the stock, then move it over to the German Springpole Lathe I had built and just …...learn as I turn.

My turning skills are greenhorn at the very best as well as my knowledge of this respected and skilled trade….although I feel I am getting a handle on it…..I think….lol! (not a bad pun, not great either…

This adventure was nothing more than a fun practice session… get into a tune and rythm of how to hold the tools and there various uses…and….hell…I also needed the workout…lol

Turning on this lathe is truley hypnotizing, addictive and amazing when you stop and think to yourself…wow….no power….all foot pedal….lol

So here is my humble and fun turned experiment…..which was a lot of fun and a great lesson in how to turn on this 1500’s styled springpole lathe……....thats old.

I dont’t know…or even care what you would call it…’s a chess piece on steriods? you can name it what you like.

Maybe I would say its just a calm afternoon in the woods letting all the modern worries and concerns we all have that we can get so carried away with. Perhaps this piece is an example of how we should not forget all of the awesome and natural things we take for granted everyday…...that’s right here in our own backyards or parks!

Thanks to anyone and everyone that cared to take a look and wonder.

Be well,

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 09-14-2011 12:05 AM

hi nice storey i really enjoyed reading it we should be more grateful for what we have and stop complaining about the thing we don’t have life is to short be happy and have fun
nice bit of turning keep it up


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#2 posted 09-14-2011 12:16 AM

Joe, looks like you have cornered a piece of paradice in your back yard with thoese lovely woods, & it sounds as if you have the peace of body & mind to go with it.
Dont know if we have any other Pole lathe guys on LJ’s that sure is getting back to grass roots, geat story & pics, go well & enjoy : ))
( you could mabey post a forum note to see if there are any “pole” guys out there)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 09-14-2011 02:47 AM

Looks good to me. I applaud your use of a traditional machine. As time goes on you become more and more skilled at turning, it just takes lots of practice. We look forward to seeing your skills develop.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#4 posted 09-14-2011 03:49 AM

That is cool to be able to turn with foot power! I hope to see a lot more projects with all that wood you have on the place!!............Jim

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

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