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September 2019

Monthly Update by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


World's Largest Bowl: A New Record

Woodturning Wizardry: Revised Edition

Oldest living wetland trees

Woodturned Halloween Dracula

Theodore Roosevelt Wooden Sculpture

Twisted, Segmented Turning class at Arrowmont

Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for August 2019



The Making of Sunburst by Dennis Daudelin

My local woodworking club has a spring picnic each year. One of the featured events is a 2 x 4 contest. This contest requires you to purchase a piece of construction-grade 2 x 4 lumber that is eight feet long and to then make something out of it. There are some basic rules to the contest but mostly it’s around making something and having fun at it.


Turning Small Ash Bowls in Two Styles by Tod Raines

This is a little project using some fresh ash that I harvested from the streets of Dallas. Curbside finds, you might say. It is beautiful wood but I am not sure I did it justice. But this was more of an experiment or, more precisely, a comparison of several things: 1) work holding methods, 2) bowl orientation, 3) bowl form, and 4) colors on ash.


The Penturner’s Corner: Alternative Materials - Corncob by Don Ward

The articles I write sometimes describe how to make a particular custom or modified pen from commercial pen kits. That is what I really like to do. Other times I write about making pen blanks from various alternative materials: aluminum, antler, bone, and various commercial resins. And, I also write about making blanks using one of the three popular casting resins. This month I write about using another alternate material not normally used for pens but one that makes a unique pen: Corn cob.



Architectural Copy Turning by John Tarpley

One of the things I enjoy about being a production turner is the variety of work that comes to my shop. A few months ago I received a request through my local woodturning club to make some porch spindles. The spindles were for the James Vance Martin house which was built in 1900 and is on the Tennessee Historic Registry. Mr. Martin owned sawmills and tanneries in the area and had a family of 11 children in this house. I have done architectural turning, but usually these jobs are for a furniture part for a piece that someone is restoring. This project required a lot of copy turning. It could have been done with a duplicator attachment, if I had one, but as you will see this would not have worked well for this project so I needed to do manual copy turning. I know not a lot of turners do this type of work so I thought you might find the project an interesting diversion from your regular projects.


Distressed Wood Burning Solution by Jodi Bennett

Does this scenario sound familiar? You find the perfect large log. Cut it just right. Seal it up, so it slowly dries for a couple of years.  When it’s finally time to put it on the lathe you have that Christmas morning feeling. You just know as you turn it down something amazing is going to be revealed, maybe beautiful grains and possible images that are begging to be burned in. Your tools are sharp, safety gear on, here you go...nothing could go wrong! As you start turning the clouds part, sunshine streams through and the angels start to sing. It’s going to be a masterpiece! Then out of the blue those same angels start to cough and then double over laughing as the grain starts to show distressing. And not just a little either, but like the whole piece of wood was grated up and glued back together. You just can’t believe it! You did everything right. How could this happen? Now what? Do you scrap the whole thing? Do you finish turning it and hope it won’t be too bad? Maybe you could burn something to hide all the holes, but you know it’s not going to burn well or evenly over distressing. What do you do after you’ve said your peace to those angels?  


On the Lighter Side: Combining 3D Hand-Held Printing, Woodturning, and Fun by Bob Heltman

In recent months I had reason to examine 3D printing machines (see Photo 1, not me). They take an engineering drawing (with dimensions) and convert that within a software package. The software “slices” the drawing object into tiny layers, and the 3D machine extrudes hot plastic (like ABS), or powdered metal, to build the product shown in the original engineering drawing.  Depending on complexity it can take one or more hours to produce the actual product. This process is rapidly growing into what is called “Additive Manufacturing”. This means the product is built from scratch, and not cut or machined out of a block of plastic or metal. 


Meet the Turner


Gary Zeff,
Longmont, CO


New Products:

EZ Basket Weave Illusion Kit from Chefware Kits

The new T-60S lathe by Harvey

Steampunk Pen Kits from Penn State Industries

Remote Power Switch for Powermatic Lathes

Wixey Digital Angle Gauge with Bluetooth

Robert Sorby - Peter Child Pyrography Machine

Vermont Natural Coatings Polyurethane

New 13-Inch Bench Top Planer from Jet


Questions and Answers: Tips for Mounting Wood Blanks on the Lathe by Lyle Jamieson

Product Review:


Woodpeckers® Ultra-Shear Pen Mill Ci
Review by: Dennis Daudelin