Writer Profile for Robert Bley

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Robert Bley

Menlo Park, CA

I've liked making stuff all my life. In the early 1980's, I discovered my passion for woodworking. I got my first lathe so that I could make twisted, flaming finials and fluted columns for an antique reproduction clock I was building. I immediately got hooked on turning. I love learning new things, and the practically endless variety of ways people contribute and share in our worldwide turning community makes learning a real joy.

I have been heavily involved in my local chapter, The West Bay Woodturners, and have been running the professional demonstration program for several years now. I am also a member of Silicon Valley Woodturners.  

I have been in Product Development in the Medical Device field for over thirty years. I merged my product development experience with my woodturning passion when I developed the Black Hole Dust Catcher, launched in 2015, in order to create a system that was well designed and way overdue for dust collection at the lathe.


Contact Info:

Email: rbley90@gmail.com



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Lichtenberg (Fractal) Figures in TurningApr 2016
Stone Inlay in WoodturningJan 2018