I was very pleased at all the positive feedback that I received from the project yesterday. It really got me thinking about an entire new direction of designing.
However, I am not going to try to kid you – I know absolutely nothing about lathe work. All I know is that you spin a piece of wood and use a chisel to remove material. That’s it.
I don’t know how many of you remember me talking about my good friend Cari who first introduced me to the scroll saw. Her dad was an engineer and very instrumental in teaching us things. He didn’t teach us by doing them for us, rather he gave us the tools and information and let us give it a go.
There was one time when I was making an Independence Day teddy bear. He was dressed all in red, white and blue like Uncle Sam. I thought it would be cool for him to hold a wooden rocket, which would also be painted red, white and blue and Cari’s dad suggested we make one for him on the lathe.
He set things up for us and gave a quick demonstration. He then let me give it a try myself. I must be honest and tell you that my rocket looked more like a mushroom than a real rocket. Getting the feel for even simple carving using the lathe was difficult and a bit more scary than scroll sawing. After a couple of tries, I kind of gave up, as Cari’s attempts were much better and she offered them to me to use for my bears. I never really went back to it to try again.
Looking back, I realize that perhaps it just wasn’t the right time. However, with seeing how Bob incorporated lathe work into one of my scroll saw projects, I now can think of so many things that I would like to design which will include lathe work. I find myself wishing that back then I had shown more of an interest and paid more attention when I was offered the opportunity. But perhaps the time just wasn’t right back then.
As I stated previously, the trip to New York is not only a chance for me to teach and meet people, but it will also be a great opportunity for me to learn things too. I hope to come back home with at least the basic knowledge of what I need to know regarding working on the lathe. At this moment, it seems quite overwhelming.
I need to really evaluate things and try to figure out how I can make this work on my very limited budget. After all, the trip is going to be an expense, as is the inevitable shopping that goes with it. Even though I am being well-compensated for the show (something that I haven’t had done before) that is only three days out of what is beginning to look like a more than two week adventure. I have to really be careful and choosy as to what I spend my money on.
Hopefully, I will receive some good advice as to how to get started in this venture. I know the wonderful people that I am visiting will advise me , but I also welcome any words of wisdom that you all have for me regarding getting started and set up to do some lathe work. I am probably going to look for a smaller lathe, at least until I see how it goes, but I don’t want to get something that I will outgrow too quickly.
I would appreciate any and all thoughts you have on this matter. It would be good to hear how you all started and what you think would be necessary to get me going and on the right track.
As for today, it is kind of an in between day. I have several odds and ends that I want to finish up and it seems like the perfect day to do so. I like these relaxed days sometimes, as there is little pressure and it feels good to get all the loose ends tied up. I am going to enjoy it to the fullest.
I wish you all a wonderful day. Take the time to enjoy it!
-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts, Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"