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January 2018

Monthly Update by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


Big Tree Program

New Location for David Ellsworth

Peters Valley School of Craft Announces Summer Workshops

Crafty crows make their own tools

Ornament idea for next year

The Museum of Arts and Design announces the Burke Prize

Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for December 2017



Stone Inlay in Woodturning by Robert Bley

As we know, there are so many ways of embellishing our turnings. Using stone to decorate our turnings or even fill cracks can add a beautiful new dimension to our projects. In this article, I will share with you a few different ways and techniques to utilize stone in your work. Note: throughout this article, whenever I refer to stone, this also applies to other materials like abalone, mother of pearl, mica, metal filings, pewter, coffee grinds, wood dust, bark, Corian® and a host of other filler options. Sometimes your piece stands alone and does not need any embellishment. However, sometimes adding stone can take a simple piece to a new level.


Designing and Turning Laminated Handles by Frank Penta

Designing and turning laminated handles for utensils can be very exciting. There is an infinite combination of wood colors, character, and veneers to mix and match to create interesting designs. I have found that laminated handles are not only fun to turn, but sell quite well.


The Pen Turner's Corner: Alternative Materials for Pens by Don Ward

Most of the articles I’ve written have instructed how to make a particular pen using wood as the primary material. There are other materials that can be used to make pens. Although wood is my favorite, I do make pens from various plastics, antler, and my favorite non-wood pen material is snakeskin over cast with polyester resin. Although snakeskin blanks are available from several sources, I can control the quality of the skin, the resin used and the encapsulating or casting process when I cast the blanks myself.



What Steel Gets Sharpest by John Lucas

This is a debate that goes on forever. Ever since I started wood working, people have been arguing about which steel gets the sharpest. Thirty-five years ago it was pretty well accepted that high carbon steel would get sharper and carbide simply would not get to a keen edge. Well, things have changed. I recently heard someone echo the statement that high carbon steel would get sharper and particle metal steel would not get sharp. Well, I was pretty sure that might not be true anymore. A few years ago I did a test on skews and how they are ground. I didn’t plan it that way, but it turns out I had skews made from all sorts of steels. They all seemed to take an edge well enough to shave hair. This led me to doubt the earlier statement. So I set out to see if I could prove it one way or the other.


An alternative chucking method by Dick Veitch

When cutting the chuck bite off the bottom, hollow forms of the shape shown here can be held in a vacuum chuck or pressed to a large cup chuck by the tailstock. If the body of the work has been textured and pierced, a vacuum chuck will not work and tailstock pressure may be too much for the remaining wood. Gluing the piece into a cup chuck is an option, but glue may mark the decorated surface or break fine filaments of the work. The method shown here has been developed to reduce the possibility of breaking and leave less marking on the finished surface.


Sloped Rim Bowl by Bob Heltman

First, put a medium sized zip lock bag in the pocket of every pair of pants you wear to a hardware or home improvement store. When at such a store go to the key making location, find the staff person in charge, and ask if you might have some of the brass cuttings from key making. Most times they will be glad to help you.


Meet the Turner


Jim Silva,
West Wareham, MA


New Products:

Viceroy Tools by Hunter Tool Systems

Elbo Lathe Extension for Short Bed and Mini Lathes by Tim Yoder

Sanding Sleeves by Saburrtooth

Rikon 4-Piece Carbide Insert Woodturning Set

Stainless Steel Tableware from Craft Supplies

Mobile Base for your Lathe by BoraTool

Atracia Family Pen Kits by Berea

Pearl Topped European Ballpoint by Berea


Questions and Answers: Live Remote Demonstrations by Lyle Jamieson

Product Review:


Viceroy Tools
from Hunter Tool Systems
Review by: Bill Blasic