Writer Profile for John Lucas

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John Lucas

Sparta, Tennessee

I am a retired photographer who also repaired all or our machines and cameras.  I have been working in wood both turning and flat work for about 35 years or more  I also dabble in metal working.   These skills have allowed me to build almost anything  out of wood that I can come up.   I also enjoy modifying my machines and building tools.  I enjoy learning new and innovative woodturning techniques including trying new tools and new cutting techniques.    I have turned a little of almost everything. 

I'm known for my hand mirrors which I do in many different styles.  

I enjoy sharing this knowledge to try and help others get past the learning curve.   I have written many articles and produced videos on Youtube to try and pass on these skills.    I have taught classes at John C Campbell, Arrowmont, and The Appalachian Center for Crafts as well as doing Demos at the National symposiums and many other local symposiums and clubs.


Contact Info:

Email: johnclucas45@gmail.com



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Fun with MushroomsFeb 2016
Turning a Wooden ClockAug 2016
Turning a clock with router inlaysJan 2017
Making Threaded KnobsOct 2017
Celtic Knot TurningDec 2017
A new take on Angel OrnamentsDec 2018
Turning a Windshield WasherApr 2019




Building an Ornament HangerNov 2015
Why I Like Cupped Carbide CuttersApr 2016
Fire-setting a tool in the handleJun 2017
Photographing your Art Work - Part 1Jul 2017
What Steel Gets SharpestJan 2018
Painted Natural Edge BowlsMar 2018
Cupped Carbide Cutters vs Flat Carbide CuttersAug 2018