I’m pretty excited to have the chance to present at the Sin City Woodworkers meeting tonight. I’m going to be talking about casting resins, which I primarily use in turning. You could use resins in other areas of woodworking, but I see it most prevalent in turning applications.
I was introduced to casting resins from the penturners.org forum. I was pretty new to pen turning, and was looking for some general info & help. Well, the problem with the internet is you look for one thing and end up finding much more! I kept seeing people talking about making their own acrylic pen blanks, and I finally gave in and decided to see how it’s done.
Well, it turned out to be one of those pesky rabbit holes we encounter regularly in woodworking. I ended up diving in head first and not looking back, and I have no regrets! Casting your own arylic pen blanks not only saves you a bit of money on turning blanks in the long run, but it’s also a really fun and creative addition to the workflow of crafting a pen (or whatever you want really). It also allows you to do things and use materials that you wouldn’t otherwise be able to do/use. Who makes things out of sagebrush? I do!
I’ll admit that I’m not the best woodworker on the planet, and I generally don’t feel comfortable teaching others techniques that I am not exactly an expert at. Although I’m no expert at casting resins, I feel much more comfortable sharing it with others. There’s not much danger involved besides fumes and such, and you can get pretty good results with just a little guidance. Plus, it’s a topic that doesn’t get talked about much outside of niche areas, and it’s something that folks who are new to turning likely haven’t been exposed to.
So, I am not exactly experienced in presenting anything to a live audience, and of course I’m a tad bit nervous. I may be taking it more seriously than it really is considering this isn’t some kind of paid thing and literally any member can present at the meeting. Even still, I’m hoping to give a good presentation. My main goal is to introduce people to a part of woodworking/turning that they maybe have never even heard of before. I know that I had no clue that I could make acrylic pen blanks myself before I stumbled upon it in a forum. Even if just one person decides to give it a try some day after this presentation, I will have met my goal.
Only a few hours to go before the presentation, I think it’s time for some practice runs on the presentation!
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