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I almost hate to do this, but my wife is actually really good on the lathe. With no exposure, research, or education, anything I can turn she can turn better – and I ask a lot of questions here and watch a lot of videos. However she thinks the stuff she does is just mediocre and no one will like it, and often gets discouraged. Her friends don’t really care or appreciate craftsmanship so no one pays attention. I keep trying to get her to sign up here, but she thinks her stuff isn’t good enough.

Last night she actually made a facebook page to post some of her pens and future projects to. I’d really like her to come home from work today and see a bunch of “likes”.

If you are a facebook fan, check it out! Her photography is halfway decent as well


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#1 posted 592 days ago


-- Sam Hamory - The project is never finished until its "finished"!

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#2 posted 592 days ago

Thanks! We are going to swing by the woodworking show on Saturday and will be sure to say hi.


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#3 posted 592 days ago

Nice work. Told her so

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#4 posted 592 days ago

Done too. She only lacks a bit of color balance for the pictures to be perfect.

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#5 posted 592 days ago

Done, She really does do great work.

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#6 posted 591 days ago

Done. Beautiful work.

-- If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you!

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#7 posted 591 days ago

She is very wise to be a little humble imho as there are lots of bragheads out there already.But from what I see with her pens she is already pretty accomplished as a pen turner so let me say this from the old scotsman come and join us and don’t hide your light under a bushel.I would love to see more of your work as I am an avid turner and even now make plenty of mistakes I am working on the bottom of a bowl I just can’t seem to get the finish right always seems blotchy,and I have tried everything the wood is very dry but sleeping on it will work wonders . Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#8 posted 591 days ago

Thanks guys! She does do great work. For the life of me, I cannot use a skew. She gets the piece round with a gouge and the rest is done with a 1” and 3/4” skew. When I watch her use it, there are just long wide ribbons of wood peeling off. When I use a skew, all I can do is make nicks and gouges.

I love my easy finisher!


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#9 posted 591 days ago

She was pretty thrilled when she came home and read the comments. She even braved the cold and turned another pen! Thanks for the kind words of encouragement


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#10 posted 591 days ago

Done! Keep encouraging her and get her work out and people will pay handsomely for her quality of work.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#11 posted 591 days ago

Done. Beautiful work.

I wonder if she would find more fulfillment by making other items on the lathe. There are countless things people can make—- I personally never really cared for pens that much, though I can appreciate those who turn them.

Also, Lumberjoe, every time I see your avatar I think it’s a multi-colored dado stack, even though I know it’s two different brands of blades.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 591 days ago

Her stuff is Gorgeous.

What exactly does she think is not good enough?

I’m often amazed at the talent of some woodworkers who think there stuff isn’t good enough. (and vice versa, but that another thread)

I also agree with Brandon about turning more types of turnings. It might be the inspiration needed.

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#13 posted 591 days ago

She has turned bottle stoppers that are really nice and wants to start turning bowls and hollow forms. She really enjoys turning pens, she just thinks they are crappy.

There is a lot of stuff I take for granted that she just doesn’t understand though. For example, I realize sanding against the grain on a lathe will leave scratch marks and you have to stop the lathe and sand WITH the grain on the lower grits (before 600). That never really occurred to her – she just thought she sucked at sanding.

Again, thanks for all the compliments. She’s feeling pretty good about her stuff now and is looking forward to getting some tips at the woodworking show this weekend


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