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Forum topic by Wildwood posted 02-17-2014 10:10 PM 1037 views 1 time favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Wildwood

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02-17-2014 10:10 PM

Russian turning tools in action, use of hook tool and different kind of skew. Did not see stopping lathe for damage assestment or measurements.

Scroll down for video:

http://www.matryoshkastore.com/index.php?main_page=how_nesting_dolls_made

-- Bill


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#1 posted 02-17-2014 11:11 PM

Good grief … the safety police would go catatonic if they would see this one!

Thanks for posting!

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 12:00 PM

Gerry not bothered by lack of safety in the video. I am impressed with speed and skill these self taught turners work without stopping to measure and fitting components without breaking them with lathe running. Felt same way watching AAW symposium video of Japanese turner turning dolls.

Hook tools more popular in Asia and Europe takes some getting used too. Carbon steel hook tools leave a very smooth finish on end grain without lot of torn end grain if know how to use them. You have to forge your own hook tools here in USA. Plenty of instructions on the web on how to make and use them.

Friend of mine had a blacksmith make a several various size hook tools for him and dd not cost much money many years ago. He broke a few turning too aggressively and trying to sharpen them with angle grinder. Back to the blacksmith for shorter tool.

That carbon steel skew chisel used in the video also leaves better wood surface than our HHS & exotic steel tools. Would hope video showed turners here with little practice can do a lot with a skew. You can achieve pretty good off the tool surface with a sharp M2 HSS skew too.

-- Bill

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#3 posted 02-20-2014 07:29 AM

Some discussion about it a few months back:
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/55289

Thermaloy has commissioned some skinning blade style skews.

I have some carbon steel tools and they can be very sharp. While they do need to be sharpened more often, a quick touch up only takes a few seconds. Keep in mind the wood they use is the Russian equivalent to basswood and is very soft.

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#4 posted 02-20-2014 11:56 AM

I ignored that thread after seeing picture of knife posted. My K-Bar & Iraqi bayonet would do a better job at the lathe. If do an image search for Russian woodturning tools will see your picture of knife!

Lot of wood turners watching Olympics saw this story on nesting dolls. Looking for more info found link already posted here and woodnet. Here is that story we watched. Pretty good story once get past the ads.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/history-russian-nesting-dolls

If do a search for Russian woodcraft will not find tools but plenty of wood items like painted nesting dolls and cats for sale for not much money.

Japanese also use soft woods to turn their Kokeshi dolls. There are several styles some made in one piece and some like these that are two piece. Tools little different but notice the floating took rest!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfPapG4EnPg

-- Bill

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#5 posted 02-20-2014 03:55 PM

The knife isn’t a turning tool.

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#6 posted 02-20-2014 08:38 PM

A couple opf days ago I started making a set of Matryushka dolls in miniature – the smallest one is about 5/8” in length, the next one proportionately larger, and halfway through the third one. Will post photos when the job is done. These will be given to a small person of my acquaintance who will be able to decorate the dolls exactly as she wishes. Using mostly a standard and a mini skew for the outside and hollowing with whatever comes to hand. Learning as I progress – the next set will see the dolls fitting better. The skew does give a nice finish, needing only a little sanding. Using an unnamed hardwood – the core of a veneer log take-off which my local timber yard is happy to sell me.

These veneer centres are very useful for cutting into short blanks for turning demonstrations. Children can concentrate for only so long and for them to see a chosen object appearing under the chisel seems close to magic IMHO.

-- Thermaloy

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