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Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • The Bangle Guy Reduces Prices in Time for Christmas
  • Buy Stainless Steel Bottlestoppers in Bulk
  • 2016 Woodturning Workshop Schedules Available
  • Masters of Craft - Art Catalog
  • Call for Entries: 2017 - 2018 Windgate ITE International Residencies


Star Ornament by Denny Wetter

As we approach the holidays, I wanted to make a set of ornaments for my family and friends. And since there were going to be a lot of them, I was looking for ways to make it fast and easy yet something special.



Making a Sea Urchin Ornament by Ken Brinker

As a woodturner with a background in life sciences, I found the sea urchin ornaments quite fascinating since they incorporate the attractiveness of finely turned wood with the delicate beauty of a sea urchin shell.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Casting Tutorial Wrap-up by Don Ward

In the last three months my articles have addressed the casting of various blanks using polyester resin and Alumilite™ clear urethane casting resin. This month the article will show some turnings I made with some of the blanks outlined last month. I will not do detailed instruction on how the various items were made but I will address issues involved in turning resin blanks.




What color was that wood? by Al Miotke

A trip to the hardwood store is always an enjoyable experience for woodworkers. Walking down the aisles and looking at the racks full of freshly cut, bright colored woods from around the world is like a kid in a candy store. You’ll likely see the reddish-orange of padauk, the bright yellow of osage orange, or the striking purple of purpleheart, to name just a few of the hundreds of species commercially available. Possibly you will even see a pallet of new lumber you have not seen before. The colors and grain patterns of many of these woods are compelling. They make you want to open your wallet to make a purchase for your next project. It’s too bad that many of those colors are just an illusion. Oh, the color is real, but like a freshly picked berry, you better enjoy it now. The reddish-orange of padauk will quickly turn a very dark brown, the yellow of osage orange will become a light brown, the purpleheart will slowly be transformed into a very deep purple that from a distance might look almost black.  So what causes this change and what can you do about it?  The answers to these questions should have a significant impact on the woods you choose for your next project.


Make Your Own Lathe Mounted Sanding Disc by David Reed Smith

I must confess I’ve always thought Sanding Disc attachments on lathes were rather silly. For starters I don’t use my disc sander much. But when I was considering making one for an attempt at writing a book it occurred to me that if I made one, and got rid of my seldom used disc sander, I’d have room for half of another lathe. Don’t tell my wife.


On the Lighter Side: Frivolous Fun by Bob Heltman

When you are done turning your museum quality bowls, the goats are milked, elephants tamed, family taken care of, paying job done well, etc., sometimes the human mind turns to snickering fun. This has happened to me on periodic occasions.


Meet the Turner:

Jerry Decker, Washington

New Products:

  • Combination Salt Shaker / Pepper Mill Kit
  • Nova Large Cole Jaws and Nova Cole Jaw Extension Accessory
  • Woodturning Magic: 12 Ingenious Puzzles to Make
  • Wildwood Finial Kit

Questions and Answers: Turn the Easy Way: The Four Cuts of Tool Control

Product Reviews: Pro-Rail Hollowing System

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • In Memoriam: Mildred Smith-Holder
  • Rubber Chucky becomes Distributor of Saburr-Tooth Carving Burrs


Secret Santa Ornament by David Reed Smith

INTRODUCTION:  At first glance this year’s ornament looks a lot like my earlier sphere ornaments.  It’s a sphere, and I even did a couple with the Moon Santa design which you might have seen if you looked at the gallery on my web site.  Ah, but this Santa ornament has a secret—it’s actually a box that you can use to hide a small present right on the tree. 



Chickadee Christmas Bird Ornament by Chuck Ruby

Over the last few years I've been making miniature bird house Christmas ornaments from Woodturning Christmas Ornaments with Dale L. Nish. This past summer while I was watching the birds coming to our bird feeder, there was a family of chickadees using the feeder. Since both my wife and my mother are fond of chickadees, that inspired me to come up with a chickadee Christmas ornament.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Casting Bowls, Boxes, Stoppers and Pen Blanks using Alumilite by Don Ward

Editiors Note: The is the fourth tutorial on casting in Don's five-part series.




Building an Ornament Hanger by John Lucas

 I make a lot of ornaments. I give away quite a few to friends and family and usually they want to display them rather than put them on a tree. So I needed to find a quick inexpensive way to display them. This is just one possibility but it’s quick and quite inexpensive which fit my needs.


Turning Softwoods by John Wolf

I live in southeastern Ohio where many fine woods are “domestic”: oak, hickory, cherry, ash, poplar, walnut, mulberry, hard and soft maple, osage orange, and many more. Most of these are free or nearly so, if you are drawn by the sound of a chainsaw. Despite the abundance of hardwoods, there are occasions when I use soft woods, particularly “2-by-” construction lumber, either for their specific properties or from expedience.


On the Lighter Side: A Memorable Bowl by Bob Heltman

About 20 years ago my Good Wife and I decided to build our own home pretty much out in the country, where there was a pond, running water, and privacy. One thing led to another and I bought a used Ford 555B tractor with backhoe and loader. Thank goodness because a gazillion dollars was saved as we took down over 100 trees, moved boulders, excavated, put in culverts, and so on. This was, by the way, one of the most creative experiences of my life. Hers too!


Meet the Turner:

Jon Siegel, Central New Hampshire

New Products:

  • Chucky Vacuum Cone
  • Turning Segmented Wooden Bangles on the Wood Lathe by Don Jovag
  • All New Turning Projects with Richard Raffan
  • Inspiration and Guides to Holiday Ornament Turning

Questions and Answers: Organizing your woodshop

Product Reviews: A low cost vacuum system

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • NOVA Triples Warranty Term on Chucks & Accessories
  • 2016 Fine Woodworking and Fine Homebuilding Tool Guide
  • In Memoriam: Ray Leier
  • In Memoriam: Johannes Volmer


Scherk Towers by Mike Stafford

Mike Foster of Vermont first conceived and developed the techniques for turning a wooden construct that he calls a “Scherk Tower”. He is also the first turner to complete the turning of a Scherk Tower.



Segmented Bowls using Dados and Splines (cut on a table saw) by Steve Reznek

Cutting dados and filling them with splines can make interesting “segmented” turnings. The shapes can be as simple or as complex as you wish; or have patience for. In contrast to the n-sided ring approach where the interesting patterns usually are vertical, dados and splines are well suited to horizontal patterns. The patterns can be in the bottom of an ordinary bowl, as shown in most of the pictures. Alternatively they can be in the top of a closed pot or on a lid.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Tube-On Clear Casting Process by Don Ward

Editiors Note: The is the third tutorial on casting in Don's five-part series.




Collets and Woodturning by John Tarpley

Do you use collets in your work? If you are like most woodturners, your immediate answer is probably no, but if you consider for a moment you will realize that collets are a part of the tools you probably use. If you use a router or a rotary tool then you are using collets. Even interchangeable blade craft knives use a collet to hold the knife blade. With the development of interchangeable turning tool handles, many of these handles also use collets. All these tools use collets because they provide a secure, accurate grip combined with ease of use. For these same reasons and others, woodturners should be making more use of collets in our work.


On the Lighter Side: Turning Sunken Timber #2 by Bob Heltman

Editor's note: This is a follow-up to an article that Bob Heltman wrote in the January 2015 edition about turning sunken timber, sometimes called “woodfalls.” These are usually tree trunks that for a variety of reasons have sunk to the bottom of a river, pond, lake, or even the ocean. In this case, Bob purchased a six-foot section of a piling that was pulled from the saltwater of Boston Harbor. The douglas fir piling had been submerged for 75 years. While Bob was able to create a small commemorative bowl out of his first blank from the piling, you will see he faced more challenges with the bigger blank!


The Art of Sanding by Jack Morse

Quite often I observe beautifully turned pieces on display, with a poor sanding job that stands out like a big red nose. In conversations, I find that many consider sanding to be a necessary drudgery that has to be done against their will. They haven't taken the time to learn how fast it can be done with the right approach. Most people start with too fine a grit of paper, and then sand and sand until they are tired and discouraged. One of the problems is that on most woods the scratches are white and blend in until the finish is applied and then they turn almost black.


Meet the Turner:

Rudolph Lopez, Tampa, Florida

New Products:

  • Carter and Son Toolworks: 1-1/4 inch Spindle Roughing Gouge
  • Powermatic Tailstock Swing Away
  • The Carter Products M-Chuck Standard Kit

Questions and Answers: Finishing your Turnings

Product Reviews: Scroll Chucks

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Publisher


  • Easy Wood Tools has been acquired by Pony Tools
  • Leafsnap: A mobile app that helps you to identify types of trees
  • A record player that plays slices of wood
  • Results of the AAW Turning to the Future competition


Turning a Wood Baseball and Stand by Marvin Stoltzfus

This project tutorial will go over the steps to create a wooden baseball. I will be turning the sphere with the tool that I invented and is now being distributed by Carter Products under the name of Perfect Sphere tool. I’ll wood burn the sphere to resemble a baseball cover and lacing. I will also turn and embellish the remaining part of the wood blank to be our baseball stand.



From Firewood to a Threaded Acorn Ring Box by Paul Rohrbacher

This tutorial shows you how to make an acorn ring box with a threaded lid. The threaded lid is special because it uses a two-start, interrupted thread that is cut using the new "State of the Art" EZ-Quick Twist Threading Jig, designed and developed by Paul Rohrbacher, the author of this article.



The Pen Turner’s Corner: Making Rattlesnake Skin Pen Blanks using the Tube-On Clear Casting Process by Don Ward

Editiors Note: The is the second tutorial on casting in Don's five-part series.

Last month’s article was an overview of casting to make pen blanks and other blanks for small turnings such as bottle stoppers, boxes or small bowls. This month’s article will be a tutorial on how I prepare snakeskins for clear casting to create unique pen blanks. This type of casting is often referred to as “tube-on” clear casting.




Opinel's Wood Turned Knives by Dennis Daudelin

What type of pocket knife should a woodturner own? Of course, the obvious answer would be a lathe turned pocket knife… but I, like most of you, would have no idea where to start in making my own knife. Luckily, we don’t have to do it ourselves!


Turning Burial Urns by Dick Webber

Because of the increased use of cremation, there is a strong demand for burial urns. The most beautiful and costly are made of turned wood. This provides an opportunity to use your woodturning skills for greater profit.


On the Lighter Side: Gold Leaf Restoration on Bowl by Bob Heltman

Back in 2005 I created a fluted walnut salad bowl for our son and family living in Denver, Colorado. See Figures 1 and 2. The top rim is decorated with small images of walnut leaves, gold painted. The bottom has a simple gold leaf ring which would be seen when the bowl is displayed on a mirror, or on a high shelf. Size: 15” diameter, by 5” deep. 


Meet the Turner:

John Beaver, Pacific Palisades, CA

New Products:

  • Geiger's Pro Sharp Spectrum
  • The Creative Woodturner: Inspiring Ideas and Projects for Developing Your Own Woodturning Style
  • Colt Maxi Cut Forstner Bits

Questions and Answers: Advice for Turners / More on Negative Rake Scrapers

Product Reviews: Rubber Jam Chucks and other Woodturning Aids

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • Comet II Midi Lathe NOW Available in the UK and EU
  • Robin Wood's CORES Recycled Book
  • Woodturning Tour: Norway Cruise
  • SawStop Sues Bosch over new REAXX Table Saw


Turn a Sky Box by David Reed Smith

Haven’t you always wanted a sky box?  Too bad you can’t use this one to watch the super bowl, although you could place it next to your best bowl. Bad jokes aside, I think this box has some interesting features. The first is the magnetic closure. With magnets you don’t have to worry about minor wood movement messing up the fit, and the somewhat different feeling as you open the box is a pleasant surprise. The second feature is the decoration. I’m not quite sure what to call it—it’s closest to Intarsia, I guess, but on a curved surface. I picked anthropomorphic sky elements because I like them as a motif. An additional benefit of using something cute is that the execution requirements are less stringent than realistic.



Turning Wooden Tulips by Steve Reznek

You can easily turn wooden tulips on the lathe that will look life like, have different colors and be the hit in your house. And the best part is that they will not wilt after a week in the house.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Making Turning Blanks from Homemade Castings by Don Ward

Editiors Note: The is the first tutorial on casting in Don's five-part series.




The Final Touch - Finishing the Bottom by Al Miotke

You have just finished turning a bowl or vessel, sanding is complete, and possibly the finish is applied. Well, except for the bottom, that is. You now need to remove the piece from the chuck or faceplate and find the best way to hold it securely while you clean up and finish the bottom. I remember when I first started turning, my approach was to part off the bowl, and take the piece to my disk sander to create a flat bottom. There are a few disadvantages to this approach. First, the bowl will most likely not sit flat on the table in six months due to wood movement, so it’s best to dish the bottom so the piece rests on just the rim. Second, I learned quickly that people notice the bottom, so adding some detail adds a level of professionalism. In this article, I will review a number of possible methods for holding your work piece while you finish up that all important bottom.


Frugal Camera Hollowing Rig by Tom Schneider

Why Frugal?

There are commercially available systems from several sources that provide a turn-key solution to enabling a camera to be used to help with hollowing. This author wishes to take nothing away from these incredible artists and craftsmen. They are pioneers.  However, there is also something to be said for building something yourself and on a budget.This article aims to provide just one method to allow a home-brew implementation of using a camera to aid in hollowing.


2015 AAW Symposium Thoughts by Dennis Daudelin

My wife and I attended the AAW Symposium this year in Pittsburgh. I have now been to seven of the AAW symposia and the only way that I can remember this number is to count the t-shirts that I have. They are my way of remembering the trip.


Meet the Turner:

Marvin Stoltzfus, Sarasota, Florida

New Products:

  • NOVA Introduces a smart DVR Substitution Motor to Upgrade your Nova 1624-44 LATHE
  • Segmented Ring Maker App
  • Flutemaster Version 2

Questions and Answers: How does a negative rake scraper really work compared to a standard grind edge?

Product Reviews: Robust Tools Live Center

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • New Greaseless Bearings Spin With 10 Times Less Friction
  • Scientists Discover how to make Trees Grow Bigger and Faster


Making sailboat pattern on a bowl by Pekka Svinhufvud

In this tutorial, I will show you how I make a sailboat feature ring that can be used with segmented turnings or with solid wood layers.



Do-it-Yourself Complex Woodturning Rig
Build it to use on your standard lathe
by Ian Salisbury

Over the years, I have been turning bowls, boxes, and vases, but I've always wanted to enhance the appearance of my turnings with piercing, embellishment, and other shapes--not just round profiles--while still working on the lathe.



The Pen Turner's Corner: Making a custom longwood twist pen by Don Ward

At our last local woodturning club meeting, one of the members asked me about making a pen with a long profile. One option is to buy a kit sold by Penn State Industries: their Longwood Twist pen, item # PKLONGPEN, Another, less expensive option, is to make the pen from a slimline kit. I told him I would make one from a slimline kit for him and bring it to the next meeting.  Any slimline kit can be used, but my favorite slimline kits to use for my modifications are the PSI Comfort Pen (PKXMCH) in chrome, the PSI Trimline (PKXMCH) in chrome and the Berea Streamline “7mm” pen (SO-0301-B-CHR) in chrome. These kits have larger center bands than the standard slimline and the clips are much nicer. 




Woodturning In Denmark by Steve Reznek

Denmark is a small country, only slightly larger and with slightly more people than Maryland.  With limited natural resources and surrounded by the aggressive economies of Germany, Russia and England, the Danes had to find a way of competing.  They chose the high end of the market.  Denmark is famous for household design – expensive modern furniture, Bang and Olufsen electronics, unique PH Lamp lighting fixtures, Royal Danish Porcelain tableware and Georg Jensen jewelry.  And now the latest in Danish design--Pandora charm bracelets.   


Magnetic Zero Clearance Plate by David Reed Smith

Does your bandsaw throat look like the one on the right side of Figure 01?  (It’s even worse than it looks since it’s not flat anymore either).  Or perhaps you have an alleged zero clearance plate like the one on the scroll saw on the left side of Figure 01 that’s worn well past having any effectiveness?  The problem is similar to that of working with dull lathe tools.  First you have to know how to make them sharp; second, sharpening them has to be simple enough to easily let you overcome the mental inertia of continuing to work with dull tools.  Zero Clearance Plates quickly wear out—it’s just their nature.  So what’s needed is a Zero Clearance Plate that mounts securely enough to stay in place while being used, but can easily be removed when not needed and moved when worn.  Magnets seemed to present a way of doing this.


On the Lighter Side: Vinson's Bowl File Handle by Bob Heltman

My friend Vinson is a talented man. Married with children, and a cabinet maker. He provided me with much kindling for winter fires...until he decided to close his shop, pursue higher education, and move on to a counseling career. In the process, he gave me some planks of cedar about 3” thick x 6” wide and a couple feet long. I thought “maybe I could make a bowl or something.”


Meet the Turner:

Beth Ireland, Boston, MA

New Products:

  • Magnus Core Tool
  • Alan Lacer's Woodturning Projects & Techniques
  • Hold Fast Live Center with New Pen Collet
  • 6-Piece Coin Forstner Bit Set With Adjustable Depth Stop Collar

Questions and Answers: Safety

Product Reviews: Pro-Forme Flexi Hollower

Monthly Updates by Dennis Daudelin, Editor and Publisher


  • American Woodturner wins 2015 niche publishing award
  • One of those Rare Chances
  • In Memoriam: Gorst Duplessis, New Orleans, LA
  • In Memoriam: Jim Hillebrect, Ventura, CA


Spalted Hackberry Pet Urn by Mike Stafford

The death of a beloved pet is a great loss to those who loved the animal.  Such was the case when my shop dog, a feisty Cairn terrier named Taffy died.   Taffy spent many years with me in the shop serving as my advisor and guard dog keeping watch over me.  During the summer she would lay on the deck outside the shop in the shade of overhanging trees.  In the winter she would find a sunny spot on the concrete floor, usually in the biggest pile of chips in the shop and while away the day with me.  Only when I stopped working would she move from her chosen rest area and join me on my bench to discuss design opportunities.  She was a loyal watch dog and my biggest fan. She was always a good dog.  After her passing it only seemed appropriate to turn an urn for her final resting place.



Turn a Fish Ornament by David Reed Smith

Once you can mount a sphere eccentrically in a chuck you can turn a variety of features on any part of the sphere that you like. Include a waste block in the middle and you can do the same thing with a final result that's not a ball, such as the body of a fish. One of the nice things about fish is that you don't have to slavishly copy a real fish. Once you stick fins on it everyone will know it's a fish. The pictures will follow making a hanging fish suitable for a tree or window ornament, but other uses will be discussed.

Briefly, a bowl blank is cut into matching sides. The sides are temporarily joined to a longer waste block (to allow for nubs). The blank is turned to a sphere using the shadow sphere jig (see references) with nubs and sanded. Then the nubs are thinned and removed. Gills, eyes, and a mouth are turned and sanded using an eccentric sphere chuck (see references).  The temporary joints are split and the body halves hollowed using the chuck, then the halves are glued together. Fins are then made and attached.



On the Lighter Side: Sailors Official Snacker (SOS) by Bob Heltman

Too little attention has been paid, by woodturners, to the plight of sailors, thereby missing a massive market. The sailors I refer to are those sailing in sail boats, which tend to lean far over to one side or the other as they tack and slosh along. We are not talking about dock sailors, which are those with a boat of any type who only, or mostly, sit on and in their boats which are tied to a dock, and in calm, flat water. They drink and giggle and feel very good about themselves, and almost never drown. Or go anywhere.




Everything that you ever wanted to know about CBN Wheels by Reed Gray

Well, by now, most turners have heard about them, and they are taking the sharpening part of our world by storm. The reasons are many, and after a few years of answering questions on the turning forums, I haven't heard any new ones pop up. Well, at least not lately, so it is time for me to finish this article.


The Pen Turner's Corner: More Cigar Pen Modifications by Don Ward

Last month I did a couple of modifications to a cigar pen’s cap. Reading the article after publication, I realized I failed to show a picture of the medallion replacement using the same wood as the pen barrels.


Embellishment Demonstration with Terry Scott by Gary McDonald

Watching Terry Scott set up for this evening's demo, there were three trips to the Toyota returning each time fully loaded: turned finished items still on their chucks, a butterfly carved item, and a couple of blanks just for good measure. Add a promount, an airbrush, a bunch of paint brushes, several storage cases, several containers, plus a handful of chisels. The topic for the term is embellishment; this evening's demo was applying leaf and verdigris.


Meet the Turner:

Douglas J. Fisher, Vancouver Island, Canada

New Products:

  • Crush Grind Chuckies
  • New Powermatic Bandsaws
  • Bondic

Questions and Answers: Lathe Speed and Safety Warning

   May 2015

Monthly Updates by Fred Holder, Editor and Publisher


  • Fred Holder Announces His Retirement from Publishing the More Woodturning Magazine.
  • Meet the New Owner of the More Woodturning Magazine
  • Women in Turning
  • Ozarks Wood and More


Turning a Kitchen Spoon by John Wolf

There are many ways to make a spoon, so look at this as I intended it -- just one method. I like this method because the end result is convenient to use in the kitchen, and it is relatively easy to make. I've made these from wet wood as well as from dry lumber. This example shows the method for using dry wood, or at least sufficiently dry that glue will hold satisfactorily.



On the Lighter Side: Producing a Pleasing Platter - The Journey... by Bob Heltman

Funny how one thing leads to another. First came a terrible ice storm this past winter that dropped a BIG maple tree across my driveway. This catastrophe did, however, produce some great turning blanks. When storms don't hurt anybody, they are a woodturner's very good friend, if the truth be known.




'In Pursuit of Excellence'
Woodturning Club's Format
by Paul Rohrbacher

"Show and Tell" vs. "Critique"

I belong to two woodturning clubs. Club (A) has "Show & Tell", Club (B) has a "Critique". The demographics of both clubs are similar with gray and bald heads predominant. Both clubs have women Woodturners. Missing are the future Woodturners, high school/college students and younger adults. Both clubs have equally well orchestrated presentations of better woodturning practices from the Advanced Woodturners and outside experts. Several Woodturners are members of both clubs. Both clubs have Advanced Woodturners who sell high priced woodturnings in galleries. The Woodturning talent in both clubs is equal.


The Pen Turner's Corner: Modifying a Cigar Pen by Don Ward

The inaugural Oregon Woodturning Symposium was held in March in Albany, Oregon. I was honored to be one of the demonstrators at their first symposium. The other demonstrators were Trent Bosch, Jimmy Clewes, Lyle Jamieson, Dale Larson, Eric Lofstrom, Mike Mahoney, Sara Robinson, Nick Stagg, and Molly Winton. I was in excellent company and very probably at the bottom of the heap. My pen demos were well attended, I met several I know from online pen forums, and I also met several new friends. I only did two demos so I was fortunate to be able to see the others demo. I enjoyed each one I attended, learned a lot, purchased a couple of new tools (that I don't need), and added a couple of new ideas to my "to turn" list. Seeing Mr. and Mrs. Holder was an added treat.


American Woodturner is Finalist for 2015 Niche publishing award by Fred Holder

The American Association of Woodturners (AAW), a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing the art and craft of woodturning worldwide, is pleased to announce that its flagship publication, American Woodturner, is a finalist for a 2015 Niche Award for Best Consumer Niche Magazine.


Oregon Woodturning Symposium 2015 by Fred Holder

The Oregon Woodturning Symposium was held at the Linn County Expo Center in Albany, Oregon on March 6, 7, and 8, 2015. This was their first symposium and I felt it should be rated among the top symposiums that I've attended over the years; i.e., I enjoyed it a great deal. They had a good line of demonstrators: Stuart Batty, Trent Bosch, Jimmy Clewes, Kirk DeHeer, Lyle Jamieson, Dale Larson, Eric Lofstrom, Mike Mahoney, Sara Robinson, Nick Stagg, Don Ward, and Molly Winton. It is hard to find a much better group of demonstrators covering almost every thing woodturning.


Questions and Answers: Hollowing Tool Control

Monthly Updates by Fred Holder, Editor and Publisher


On the Lighter Side: The Making of an OLD Butternut Bowl by Bob Heltman

A “Reclamation” Project



Turning Candle Holders by Brian McEvoy

Figure 1. Rude Osolnik.



Finishing the Candle Sticks by Brian McEvoy

Staining The Candle Holders made in the previous article.
As I’d mentioned earlier, with rather plain timbers I like to spice it up a bit with stain. In this case I’ll use two colours to make them even more interesting. I’m sure most any stain would work but I prefer Mohawk Ultra Penetrating Stain. It is available throughout the US and Canada. Ph. # 828-261-0325. All you need is stain, rubber gloves, a brush and a kitchen towel.




How to Make and Use a Safety Driver by Paul Rohrbacher

(Used to turn rough wood blanks to round)

This article is about how to turn STEEL to make an Innovative Wood Turning, “go-to” tool. The purpose of the Safety Driver is to increase SAFETY to you, the lathe, and the shop walls when turning rough wood blanks into round things.


The Pen Turner's Corner: Buffing your Pens for a Better Finish by Don Ward

I really like the high gloss, shiny wet looking finish on the pens I make. No, not everyone likes that look. Some like a more satin natural look and even like pens with no finish at all. Others want the pen to darken and develop a patina as the pen is used and handled. For those pen makers, friction polish is the finish to use. I’ve been told, “I have a pen finished with friction polish and it looks as nice today as it did when I made it 4 yrs ago.” That has not been my experience with friction polish. Friction polish, in my opinion, is a good finish for items that are not handled and used daily. I used friction polish on my first pens and quickly decided the finish was not what I wanted for my pens.


Seeking Help in Locating the Manufacturer of This Tool by Fred Holder

Hi Fred,


New Products: CorrosionX--A New Anti-Rust Spray

Questions and Answers: Hollowing through Small Openings

Monthly Updates by Fred Holder, Editor and Publisher


The Two Piece Hollow Form by Brian McEvoy

Please understand this lesson in most cases does not show the actual tool position for making the cuts. You must be able to turn two very similar shallow bowls to be successful. How you achieve this is not important. There are many methods and tools used when turning one piece hollow forms. I have tried most, with some degree of success.



Enhancing Your Work: Woodburning & Piercing by Gordon Langer

The lighter coloured sapwood along with the grain of this elm vase reminded me of a pool of water. I recalled a series Brian had completed depicting a jumping Orca and thought this vase would be perfect to try.




On the Lighter Side: Curing a Catastrophe by Bob Heltman

About 3 years ago I roughed out an unusual chunk of maple for a bowl about 10” diameter by 4” high. The grain pattern was fascinating. Of course, I then put the turning in a pile of chips (wood, not buffalo) inside a paper feed sack, and set same in a cool basement corner to slowly dry out.


Glenn Lucas' New Video on Sharpening Techniques by Fred Holder

Irish Turner Glenn Lucas is an experienced and well-respected Teacher and Demonstrator. Glenn Lucas’s classic bowls, turned by hand from Irish native wood, can be found in quality outlets all over the world.


The Pen Turner's Corner: Turning a Shaving Brush and Razor Handle by Don Ward

Awhile back I wrote and reported on the stabilizing system manufactured and sold by Curtis Seebeck at Curtis’s stabilizing resin, Cactus Juice®, is the resin I use and the resin about which I reported in the July 2012 issue. Yes, I still use Cactus Juice®. No, not for every pen blank I use.


Verify & Align Your Lathe's Headstock With The TRUTH BAR by Paul Rohrbacher

The subject of this article flies under the Radar of most Woodturners. Accurate lathe set-up is mandatory for optimum results and possibly personal safety.


Questions and Answers: Planning your Turning

Monthly Updates by Fred Holder, Editor and Publisher

News: News from TreelineUSA


On the Lighter Side: Turning Sunken Timber by Bob Heltman

Sunken Timber, sometimes called “Woodfalls,” are usually tree trunks that for a variety of reasons have sunk to the bottom of a pond, lake, or even the ocean. There are two ways to turn such wood. One, is to take your lathe, don a scuba outfit, and turn underwater, which is neither easy nor safe. Floating wood chips from turning tools also clouds the vision, so DON”T try this approach. The better approach is to find such timber AFTER it has been retrieved and dried out. Here’s what happened for me.



Thick Walled Two Piece Hollow Forms by Brian McEvoy

Back in July 2010 we published our third newsletter featuring one of my trade mark projects, the ‘thin walled two piece hollow form’. It coincided with the release of a very popular DVD called Brian McEvoy’s Secrets to Creating Two Piece Hollow Forms. Between the demos I’ve done in Australia, throughout North America and the DVD, this has become a very popular project amongst hundreds of turners around the globe. I can’t tell you how much it’s thrilled me to see photos of all of the variations of this project.




Making My First Turning Tool by Fred Holder

Before I was a woodturner, I was a blacksmith. Therefore, when I purchased a wood lathe, I made my first bunch of tools. Unfortunately, at that time, I wasn’t too sure what they should look like. I looked at photographs in a Sears Tool Catalog and that was my guide. Based on that picture, I made a skew chisel, a round nose scraper, a V-tool, a parting tool, a gouge, and a tool of my own invention, a square nose scraper. I found out later that the square nose scraper had been around for years, but the one that I have was still my own invention.


The Pen Turner's Corner: Adding Images to your Pens by Don Ward

Christmas is over and time to start using the new tools Santa delivered has arrived. I do hope that all had a great holiday season and I must apologize for not wishing each reader “Season’s Greetings” in the December issue. Anyway, it is time to start a new year of woodturning and penturning. So, Happy New Year, which is also a few weeks late.


Easy to Build Hollower by Paul Rohrbacher

This hollowing system will work well with all hollowing tools. Oneway’s Termite and Andre Martel’s hook tools, plus carbide scrapers and other normally used hollowing tools. To go deeper, the Tool Bars need to be longer and larger in diameter.


Handcrafted Walking Sticks and Canes by George Christodoulou

Handcrafted Walking Sticks and Canes for Elegance and Usefulness


On the Lighter Side: Tom's Bowl #6 by Bob Heltman

This bowl story takes you from tree to finished masterpiece--a small bowl of apple wood 5” dia. x 3+” tall. It makes a nice snack bowl. This journey takes almost a year, due to “real life” interruptions for business, civic duties, family trips, home maintenance, and down time. That is real life for those of us who are long-term part-time woodturners!


Molly Winton Demonstrates by Fred Holder

Molly Winton’s Demonstration on Pyrography at the Seattle Chapter Meeting in November 2014 was very interesting. She presented Effective Use of Home-Made Brands and Commercial Pyrography Pens at the November 2014 meeting in Seattle. Pyrography is growing in popularity as a technique to enhance wood-turned art. Many different pyrography systems are available on the market today, with a wide variety of commercial pens and tips from which to choose. Many of these were reviewed and discussed at the November 2014 meeting.


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