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Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Forrest Forschmiedt, Dec 17, 2019.

  1. Forrest Forschmiedt

    Forrest Forschmiedt

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    A while back Odie mentioned that a lot of new folks come through here, post a few things, and fade away never to be heard from again. (Or something to that effect.) I'm sure that there are a lot of folks who try this wood spinning craziness and decide it's not for them. Not me!

    I can't speak for anyone else but even though you don't hear much from me, I get a lot of help from all of you.

    I haven't posted much here since introducing myself because there is already a ton of info here to digest and most, if not all, the beginner questions I have are already answered here. I have also watched hours of videos, many of them posted by some of the more experienced turners here.

    It's crazy how many times I come here with a question and find a new, active thread with others already discussing it.
    Looking for thoughts on small form end grain hollowing and there's an active thread.
    Looking for thoughts on replacing the garbage faceshield from Harbor freight and there's folks discussing face protection.
    Shopping for a bandsaw and contemplating roller vs. solid guides and found a discussion on that.
    And so on.

    So even if you didn't know you were helping;
    Happy holidays and thanks for all the help!

    I'm going back to the shop to make birdhouses now,
    Forrest
     
  2. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    Thanks for the feedback. Forrest. It's good to hear from a real live person that the forum is providing a valuable service to the woodturning community.
     
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  3. Jim Selby

    Jim Selby

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    I read the newest posts and think about responding only to find out there are many that have already answered the question. I do enjoy reading what people have to say. Because I am also a new turner I learn stuff as I guess we all do. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
     
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  4. John Torchick

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    There are a lot of experienced turners who willingly share their expertise, experiences and "How-not-to-do it." I joined the AAW several years ago and joined the Dalton Area Woodturners Guild. DAWG- surely by a Georgia fan! The experiences with the club members and demonstrators are priceless.
     
  5. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    My expertise stems from "how not to do it". :D Sometimes it is even possible to learn from ones own mistakes ... or so I hear. :)
     
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  6. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    so close to Mark Twain. —

    “Good judgement is the result of experience and experience the result of bad judgement.”
     
  7. odie

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    It's true that woodturners definitely do come and go......only a handful will hang in there to reach their full potential. ("Full potential".......Now that is the great illusive mirage.....because it's not attainable.....if you are a searcher, that is! ;))

    This forum has been, and is an immense help to me and my turning, because it exposes me to a variety of viewpoints and concepts. Because of my participation here, I've tried many things I would never have, if left on my own. Some, a waste of time, while others have opened new doors for me to explore! :D

    -----odie-----
     
  8. Bobby Smith

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    I frequent to read, don't post much unless I can help someone. Being a new turner myself, I just enjoy looking at threads and the beautiful work that goes thru here.
    Merry Christmas to y'all!
     
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  9. Rob Fridenberg

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    Same for me - I finally have my garage set up and I see the learning curve out there in front of me, and hope to start getting after it soon. I have nothing to add to the forum, but since I retired a year ago, I look at this forum several times a day as there is always something interesting to read. So many talented/creative folks on this site!!!
     
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  10. Forrest Forschmiedt

    Forrest Forschmiedt

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    Potential indeed!

    There is quite an impressive array of talent and ability represented here, ranging from fairly straightforward arts and crafts type stuff (more my level) to pure art.
    For much of the work here I at least understand how it was made. Some of the pieces in the gallery are totally beyond my understanding how they were created. I repeat: Pure art.
    The array of different techniques and opinions can be good and bad. For a tool junkie such as myself, I can see finding my own techniques could be an expensive path of experimentation, trial and error. I'm already trying to prioritise my "needs" for another chuck, a couple more solid scrapers, a nicer bowl gouge, a spindle detail gouge, better dust collection, and so on.

    Then there's learning about wood...
     
  11. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    We all need more tools.

    The way I often approached getting new tools was to make a new object or larger version of Objects I was making with the tools I had. If I wanted to make more of those objects, I would buy the tools that would help me make that object faster, better , easier.

    While It’s always fun to buy a shiny new tool and try to find a use for it, i would rather create the need for the tool before buying it.

    One example, I turned a lot of big bowls by cutting 16 sided blanks with a chainsaw before I bought a big band saw.
    A better way to go than buying the big bandsaw then loosing interest in larger turnings.

    also taking a class or visiting with a turner can give an opportunity to try tools you can then decide if they are for you.
     
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  12. Mark Jundanian

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    That's a T-shirt.
     
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