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Forum topic by Kelly posted 09-19-2016 02:43 AM 819 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-19-2016 02:43 AM

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My wife and her sister owned a maw and paw store in Eastern Washington, until they sold it around July of this year (2016). They ran it for thirty-nine years. Just before it sold, I started leaving little turnings on the counter with a “FREE” sign on them. She said the grown ups spent as much time sorting through them as the kids did.

I make a lot of little turnings just to pass time when finishes are drying, or just for a diversion. There are too many to keep and the material is usually nothing more than 2×2 pieces that would have become the neighbor’s fire wood.

Since the wife doesn’t have the store anymore, I was scheming other ways to tickle fancies. I was thinking of ways to “introduce” turnings to the public. On a whim, I’ve been tossing little ones here and there where people walk a lot, including kids prone to treasure collecting.

It’d be fun to get others doing it too. I suspect it would not take long and we’d make the news.

Enterprising turners interested in such could initial them, put codes on them, then places on the net could be set up to redeem turning lessons, to get a name published, for trading, or whatever. The possibilities are endless and more people could be introduced (addicted to) wood working – wood turning.

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 05:11 AM

That’s a pretty modern idea for such an old hobby.
I love it!
I know is be happy to find a turned doodad laying about and would be especially intrigued if it was marked somehow and u could look that up online.

I say start it up.

-- Making wood smaller while trying to make it prettier.

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 10:47 AM

That is a really cool idea. Wish I had a lathe to join in the fun. Maybe this time next year!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 11:30 AM

Great idea Kelly. I remember when GPS first hit the consumer market and I spent every Saturday out Geocaching. It was so much fun and the end result wasn’t nearly as cool as a turned object. We could do the same kind of thing if the site also let people post lat/long coordinates of where they had dropped “treasures”. We could leave them in local parks and on walking trails.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a local turning club around here but I’d think if all the LJ turners were to take the idea to their local “buddies” it would be a fairly easy site to set up and maintain.

I don’t have the time or the knowledge to contribute on the website side but, if it gets underway, I’m definitely in for turning and contributing!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 04:34 PM

Find a local “Little Free Library”, those neighborhood books stops, and drop a few in there. You could even write up a little book of your own explaining what it’s all about and place it in there too.

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#5 posted 09-22-2016 03:46 AM

I made a lot of little spinning tops a couple years ago and gave a bunch away, people are always amused by a nice top.

-- Rick M,

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