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Keep Turning Newbies

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Scott Brandstetter, Apr 16, 2014.

  1. Scott Brandstetter

    Scott Brandstetter

    Dec 29, 2013
    Location (City & State):
    I thought I would post this as encouragement to my fellow newbie turners. I have been looking at the same piece of partially turned wood for the last two weeks. I have been perplexed by the tear out of one side of the end grain as well as the incredible length of time this darn thing took to lose it's moisture. I was also baffled (only because I hadn't seen it before) by the lack of "clean" cuts I could get when turning it. I decided to let it sit and I would stare at it, almost thinking I could talk it into submission, and tonight, I decided it was he or I. Well, again, I am a newbie but I want to say, I won. I sharpened my tools, took great care as to how I approached each turn, considered the speed of the lathe, and this is the end result. Now, before you professionals point out the flaws (which there are many), my point is that for all of us newbies, sometimes we need to step away, grab another piece of wood, and let the tough piece of wood simmer a bit. I think I have read on here that the wood would reveal itself in the end.

  2. odie


    Dec 22, 2006
    Location (City & State):
    Panning for Montana gold, with Betsy, the mule!
    Good morning Scott.....

    The interior of this vessel isn't easy to do. Think positive and keep going.......you're doing ok......doing better, and best, only comes with time and practice. If you practice on difficult shapes, it'll bring skills faster.......:)

  3. Douglas Ladendorf

    Douglas Ladendorf

    Jan 26, 2013
    Location (City & State):
    Pennington, New Jersey
    Very nice Scott. That hollow form looks line it was a good skill builder. You are right to keep turning. We can watch all the YouTube videos we want but until we put edge to wood we won't "feel" it.
  4. dbonertz


    Oct 16, 2007
    Location (City & State):
    Fort Collins, CO.
    Turn wood Not Newbies!! Turn wood Not Newbies!!:D

    Sorry my warped sense of humor.
  5. John Torchick

    John Torchick

    Jan 24, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Turning newbies? Could someone turn a little bit off my waistline?? :D
  6. Tim Passmore

    Tim Passmore

    Apr 14, 2014
    Location (City & State):
    Winchester, IN
    Tim Passmore

    I am certainly a "newbie"-----I've only been turning for about 5 months, but I'm addicted! I've been a casual woodworker for 40 years, but turning is so rewarding. Practice hasn't made me perfect, but certainly has improved my skills---I've turned about 50 bowls since Thanksgiving! I feel like I've learned so much from this site.
    Last edited: Apr 19, 2014

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