Confessions of a Turning Junkie

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Project by TheDane posted 10-07-2011 01:23 AM 1724 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

You know you’ve got it bad when you can’t walk past a stack of firewood with wondering what you could do with that special piece in the middle of the pile.

You know you’ve got it bad when there aren’t any flat surfaces in your house that don’t have at least one object that you created on your lathe.

The bowl in the first picture was from a piece of birch that was pretty far down the road to being returned to dust. I turned away about 2/3 of the blank to get rid of the majority of the punky wood, then soaked it in shellac overnight and let it cure for a few weeks. The result was a piece that I just can’t walk by without at least an admiring glance. I particularly like the knot (in the 2nd picture) that appeared inside as I flattened out the bottom.

My wife seems to like my turning projects … she put together a little display on the hall table.

Or maybe, she is just humoring me!


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 02:45 AM

Very nice work. I like them all. I understand being a turning junkie. I became one when I bought a lathe. Now, I’d rather turn than do anything else. Turning is an addiction for sure. My wife asked me once what I was turning. I said “dust catchers”. She has no sense of humor. She has laid claim to some of my turnings though. Nice work. Keep it up.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 02:49 AM

I really like your birch bowl. I recently cut a birch tree down that was also pretty far gone. I’m working on a bowl from it now. It is spalted and I think it will make a nice bowl.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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bill merritt

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 03:00 AM

Nice work. And I know what you mean, about having it bad. Sometime feels like you could do it all day. Keep the chips flying.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 05:21 AM

You know Gerry, our dear friend Jockmike used to say “you have just pleased the man in the mirror”
& I guess thtas all the mattres at the end of the day.
It’s a nice adiction though & going by LJ’s you’re not on your own :: )))))

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

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#5 posted 10-07-2011 05:35 AM

there is a 12 step program for turners, never heard of anyone completing the program though.

my wife calls my pm3520 my mistress,


-- woodturners keep things spinning.

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Joe Lyddon

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#6 posted 10-07-2011 06:03 AM


That is SUPER work!

I like that knot at the bottom… the first thought that came to mind when I saw it….
... ”Hey, a wanna be drain plug!”. A very nice touch!

COOL pieces…

Thank you for sharing!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#7 posted 10-07-2011 07:32 AM

I’m glad you kept turning on this one and that you keep on turning. Maybe I’ll join you some day. Nice crisp work.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#8 posted 10-07-2011 08:09 AM

Nice turn!

Although I have enough wood stacked inside and outside of my garn to last me several years, I can’t pass by a tree that is being removed or a woodpile that might just harbor a gem. However, after reading many a post regarding obsessive woodworkers driving their wives over the edge, I am mindful of how much gets in the house.

garn – my garage that was once a barn.

-- Andrew, Orange County, CA -

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#9 posted 10-07-2011 02:07 PM

When I was turning the rotting birch bowl, I was reminded of the line from Forrest Gump: ””Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”“

Turning a piece of wood like this is sort of the same thing.


-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#10 posted 10-07-2011 07:59 PM

The wives should be glad they are married to turners, we don’t have time to have affairs or go drinking with the boys.

-- I'm not as good as I once was, but I'm as good once as I ever was.

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#11 posted 04-30-2012 11:56 AM

Gerry – that bowl really turned out well. I like that idea about the shellac. Thanks.

P.s -I know exactly what you mean re log piles.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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