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#1 posted 01-24-2011 03:15 AM

If you can afford it, a lathe is a great thing to have. Myself, I’ve only had a lathe off and on for about a year and a half. At this point in time, the turnings I’ve spent the most time on have been sticks. I take a rather large piece of wood that looks like a log. I rough it out so it’ll be balanced at the lowest speed. Then I crank it up as fast as it’ll go, put on my apron and face sheild and let the chips fly. I have so much fun that before I know it I have a tiny stick between the centers and you can’t see my feet for the chips covering them. I have a ball doing it though. I keep saying I’m going to practice and learn to do more. At this point in time though, it’s worth what I paid for it as a stress reliever. No plan. No skill. No expectations. Just flying chips and a smile on my lips.


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