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New to the forum, but not turning

Discussion in 'Getting Started' started by Debra Higley-Feldman, Nov 18, 2020.

  1. Debra Higley-Feldman

    Debra Higley-Feldman

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    I've been turning about 25 years (taught by a boyfriend [they have their uses]), but really immersed myself in it (and shavings) with retirement 1.5 years ago. Girls weren't allowed in shop in HS, so there are some gaps in my knowledge. I turn lamps, pepper grinders, bowls, lidded boxes, and whatever else the wood tells me to do. I was a research geologist with the USGS, but now bike, garden, and turn in these sequestered times. Neighbors that see me with a P100 respirator and apron probably don't believe I do organic gardening (I'm sensitive to CA glue and wood dust). Maybe that explains why they won't take my zucchinis? Looking forward to spending time in the forum.

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  2. robo hippy

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    Welcome. You sound like a character. I got a good chuckle out of your comments..... Let the fun begin, again...

    robo hippy
     
  3. Timothy Allen

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    Welcome Debra! I also have a background in geology, fwiw.
     
  4. Mark Jundanian

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    Hey welcome on board!
     
  5. Gerald Lawrence

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    Welcome to the forums
     
  6. John Torchick

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    Welcome. Geologists really like rock music.:D
     
  7. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Welcome,
    Is the acorn a box?
    Lots of turners in Colorado. I know quite a few that live from Boulder to Ft Collins.
    The Rocky Mountain symposium is a great event.
     
  8. Tom De Winter

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  9. Debra Higley-Feldman

    Debra Higley-Feldman

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    It is a box, but not a threaded box. Front Range Woodturners has quite a few members (I'll be glad when we can meet again).
     
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  10. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the AAW forum, Debra. I quit growing zucchinis ... you can't give them away fast enough and if you turn your back on them for even a moment they'll go from cucumber size to watermelon size.
     
  11. Debra Higley-Feldman

    Debra Higley-Feldman

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    Give a man a fish and he can feed himself; give him a zucchini plant and he can feed the world. I'm going to try turning a kale stem next; it is about 2 inches across (kale is another veggie that results in people avoiding you).
     
  12. Bob Sheppard

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    I've done demos on turning unusual materials. I generally finish up turning a frozen potato. People seem to like that lol
    I see no reason why a kale stem can't be turned, especially if you freeze it first.
     
  13. Debra Higley-Feldman

    Debra Higley-Feldman

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    I tried cutting the kale stem yesterday, but it was already a bit rotted. Sooo, I'll have to content myself with wood. I wonder if my spiraling tool would work with a potato on the lathe...probably better to stick with food processors and such. I finished a Russian olive bowl today; other than the spring growth rings being much softer than the fall ones, it turned well. Would have been more homogenous if I had harvested in the winter, but the tree decided to prostrate itself on my lawn about 20 years ag.
     
  14. hockenbery

    hockenbery AAW Advisor Staff Member

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    Selection of material is key.
    Cindy Drozda a few miles north of you has a nice video turning a bowl from a cauliflower for a party salad.

    google “Cindy Drozda cauliflower”. Fun and instructive.
     
  15. Debra Higley-Feldman

    Debra Higley-Feldman

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    Nice video. I have a friend who's lathe inverter died a while back. Maybe if I send his wife the video and say he can help in food prep, he will fix his lathe.
     

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