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March 2018

Monthly Update by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


New Woodturning Books

Laurel family trees in danger

Open call for exhibition proposals

Traveling Exhibition

Maine Wood Award Winners

Price Roll-back at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

Free Shipping at Rockler

Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2018



Turning Stone by Guy Michaels

Like many others, I had my first turning experience in high school but then work, life and family took priority. I was lucky that I was able to get back to the lathe when I was 29. I soon started selling my wood turnings at art festivals. However, I kept looking for a way to make my turning unique and appealing. On a whim, I tried a piece of alabaster stone, and I have never turned back. I’ve now been a production stone turner for the last 25 years.


The Basics of Casting with a Two-part Resin by Sam Angelo

The origins of turning on a lathe may go back a few thousand years or more. This history is neither complete nor definitive in every respect, especially in identifying the first material ever turned--which may or may not have been wood. Four or five thousand years ago Egyptians turned alabaster, basalt, and granite. So the earliest evidence of a lathe-turned object is most likely stone, not wood. To put it simply, wood rots, is destroyed by fire, and by its very nature does not last very long in a harsh environment.  


The Pen Turner's Corner: One-Piece Perfect Fit Convertible by Don Ward

I have written about making one piece pens using twist ballpoint kits such as the 7mm slimlines that use Cross® style refills. One-piece pens can also be made using twist ballpoint kits that use the Parker® style refill. The cigar pen is one I’ve written about making. My favorite twist ballpoint using the Parker® refill is the Perfect Fit Convertible sold by Berea Hardwoods and Berea resellers ( 



Painted Natural Edge Bowls by John Lucas

Have you ever started a bark edge bowl and had trouble keeping the bark on? Maybe the blank was too old, or bugs got into the cambium layer, or maybe you just got too aggressive with the gouge and tore it off. Happens to us all. Early on after having this problem I learned to either color the edge with a permanent marker, or burn the edge. Of course you had to remove all the bark to do this. In this article I will show you the techniques for removing the bark and what I think is a more unusual and maybe better alternative to burning. 


Making a Square to Octagon Gauge by David Reed Smith

This is admittedly a specialized project. But if you often turn face grain mounted work from square stock (such as salad bowls, or in my case, drop spindle whorls) it can save you time. For face grain work less than 8” in diameter it’s sufficient to bandsaw off the corners rather than saw the stock to a disc. For small discs it’s often easier to saw an octagon than to cut a circle, particularly if you routinely keep a monster blade on your bandsaw. Guessing at how much corner to remove can result in extra turning work or undersize discs.  The STO-Gauge (Square To Octagon) lets you quickly mark the corners for removal and also mark the center of the square. You only have to set the slide on the gauge to the size of the square on a scale.


Creating your very own Dibble/Whacker by Bob Heltman

The dibble, according to one source, was invented by Charles Waistell, of High Holborn, London, around 1811.This device is also known as a "dibber" or "dibbler", and was probably invented thousands of years earlier by an unnamed farmer who used a marked stick to plant bulbs at a proper depth.


Meet the Turner


Nigel Howe,
Berkley, MA


New Products:

Bowl Turner's Tool Rest by Rockler

Box Scraper by Cindy Drozda

Beall Wood Threader 3.0

The New NOVA App

Parafix 3408 CA by Parson Adhesives

Origin by Shaper Tools


Questions and Answers: Turning structurally unsound wood by Lyle Jamieson

Product Review:


Travel Pack
from Thompson Lathe Tools
Review by: Bill Blasic