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March 2019

Monthly Update by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


Hardwood lumber availability will tighten

New Exhibit at Messler Gallery

2019 Design in Wood call for entries

Do you know your State Tree?

Malcolm Tibbetts delivers TED talk

Beech Leaf Disease

DeWALT recalls drills due to shock hazard

Top 20 Most-Viewed New Woodturning Videos for February 2019



Turning a Bowl From Spalted Maple by Rick Morris

I recently was given several maple logs that had been sitting in a friend’s yard for some time – I’m not sure how long, it was at least six months, probably a good bit more, considering the degree of spalting. Follow along with me as I recreate the process I used to turn one of those logs into a bowl in this photo tutorial.


Cupped Jewlery Holders by Robin McIntyre

This project combines both end grain turning and spindle turning to challenge your turning skills. You can make the shallow bowl small or larger, make the finial as simple or dressy as you like, and embellish or dye the turning if desired. The possibilities are endless! 


The Penturner’s Corner: Making a Baseball Bat Pen from a Slimline Kit by Don Ward

I once made a closed end baseball bat pen. The pen was made using a kit for a cricket bat purchased from a supplier in England. They were popular kits but unfortunately the have been discontinued by the vendor. They are still available from the manufacturer but the minimum order quantity of 500 makes them unavailable from most vendors. I look often and no one is selling them. How I wish they were still available! I have a picture of a couple of these pens on my website. Here is where the story begins.



Production Turning: Concepts, Methods, and an Example by John Tarpley

I consider myself a production turner. Many of you are part-time turners who concentrate on bowls and “one off” creations. I think everyone can learn from production turners by using production techniques to make turning more enjoyable. While I do not rely on my turning jobs for my total income, they do provide additional support and allow me to participate in the local crafts tradition. I live in an area where many families made their living from crafts and some do today. I don’t find repetitive turning to be a chore. I find it relaxing and realize that like any work it has its own challenges and rewards. I have a line of items that I market to area shops that are made in production runs. I also enjoy commissions for items such as awards for groups or thank you gifts for conventions or special occasions. These commissions range from as few as ten items to as many as two hundred. Additionally, I do architectural turnings. These can be single items or production runs.


Cutting thin strips by John Wolf

At a recent club meeting we had a discussion about cutting thin strips of wood to be used as accent lines in segmented or staved work.


ANOTHER approach to making a Pencil Holder by Bob Heltman

Earlier I wrote about using old walnut wall plaques to make a pencil holder, which was lost when shipped to a friend’s daughter, and the making of a second pencil holder as a replacement. AND, that in the center of that 2nd unit I drilled a hole so a pen or pencil would stand up in the center; ideal for that favorite and most used writing instrument.


Meet the Turner


Tim Yoder,
Tulsa, OK


New Products:

New Flute Master Updates

Faceplate System for Live Centers from Best Wood Tools

Cat and Mouse Inlay Kit from Kallenshaan Woods

New Bottlestopper Mandrels by Stainless Bottle Stoppers

The Turner Turbo Wonder Inertia Sander by WoodTurners Wonders

Introducing Iridium and Novastar Abrasives by Mirka


Questions and Answers: Working with Sandpaper by Lyle Jamieson

Product Review:


Working Center, #1 Cygnet Hollower, and Adjustable Hollowers
from Hunter Tools
Review by: Kurt Hertzog