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My first 2 turnings from a class with Rick Pixley.

It sure was easy turning with a good instructor.

They are what got me hooked on wood turning.

They are natural edge bowls made of Carrot wood finished with tung oil.


This bowl was made from the other half of the same log.  Completely different appearance.   A wipe on polyurethane finish was used.



This bowl was made from a rough cut dry log being given away at a GCWT meeting.  The wood smelled like pipe tobacco as it was being turned.  It has spalting, cracks, and woodpecker holes.  It was finished with a wipe on finish.
During a weekend class with Lee Sky I refined my turning and hollowing skills.

Reducing thicknesses and pushing the limits to improve skills was the focus.

The mahogany goblet stem had diagonal grain and snapped.  The small vase is camphor wood.  The small item is intended to be a scoop when cut on the diagonal.  I fell and broke wrist and thumb.

April 2005

It has taken 3 months to recover and build enough strength to be able to enjoy turning again.     9/5/2005



Norfolk Island Pine with polyurethane wipe on finish.  I got the wood from Glenn Carrigan, it was wet, had bugs, and this wonderful grain and patterns inside.

Norfolk Island Pine with a lacquer finish.  After the first turning I wanted to emphasize the red portions so I planned the tapered top.  The warm yellow finish on the first turning would cover up the whiteness of the wood so I chose crystal clear lacquer.
I watched  a David Ellsworth video several times and finally figured out how to place the hart wood exactly where I want it.

The wood is mahogany from hurricane Wilma.  It was finished with tung oil, buffed and waxed.


I made this hollow form the day after attending a demonstration by Lyle Jamieson.  Nothing he said was new but some how it all just started to work.  Nearly no sanding, uniform wall thickness, light, pleasing shape, and good grain placement.

The wood is a mahogany branch from hurricane Wilma.  It was finished with tung oil, buffed and waxed.


Biography: In October 2004 I took a beginning turning class with Rick Pixley at Woodcraft.  I got a midi lathe and some Rockwell tools and started turning.  I turned every scrap of wood in my shop with mixed results.  Then I sharpened my tools and everything worked better.  I purchased better tools and still more things began to work as I expected.  I took a second class at Woodcraft with Lee Sky and refined my skills.   6/12/2005

Woodturning is my second hobby these days.  Most of my time gets spent on model engines.  Some are air powered  some are gas powered .  I have a web site where engine builders from around the world show their work and discuss the hobby.

Wood turning is more like cooking, things change based on the ingredients and little things in the process.  It is much more relaxing and inviting than turning metal.

I am  the Chief Engineer at Spraymation Inc. we manufacture hot and cold fluid dispensing equipment used primarily in the disposable converting industries, medical, along with high precision coating equipment used by automotive and aerospace industries.  My formal training is in the area of control systems and computers so I naturally gravitate to computers and photography.





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