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Woodturning Beyond Barriers

Discussion in 'Woodturning Health & Safety' started by John Van Domelen, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. John Van Domelen

    John Van Domelen Retired Forum Admin AAW Board Member

    Mar 19, 2007
    Location (City & State):
    Houston, TX
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2014
  2. Malcolm Zander

    Malcolm Zander

    Jul 18, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Ottawa Canada
    New Subforum

    Thank you John.

    I see that you have moved the original Forum Blind Woodturner thread to this new location – good.

    A number of people have expressed interest in helping those with disabilities to turn wood. Similarly there are numerous woodturners with disabilities who would like to share their experiences and acquired skills. So once our 15,000 members are informed of the existence of this new subforum, it should be the place where they can interact. The Woodturning Beyond Barriers is indeed a valuable program, and Linda Ferber has done a very nice job in putting the website for it together. It is a work in progress and I think it could grow into a really important site.

    Andi Sullivan and Allen Miller have started a new groundbreaking program teaching the blind at the Tampa Lighthouse to turn pens, and it has begun well with a strong demand. However they cannot do this all on their own, and buy-in from the Tampa clubs will be essential for assistance. In the same way, if we are to develop similar programs for disabled folk at other venues, we will need the assistance of local clubs. Woodturners are very sharing people, and I think that this can indeed happen if there is good communication. This new subforum should be a good conduit for such communication.

    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013
  3. Dennis DeVendra

    Dennis DeVendra

    Aug 23, 2009
    Location (City & State):
    Columbus, Ohio
    Home Page:
    access for turning

    :)Over the past year I have gotten to meet many turners from around the country and world. As they get to know me, the thoughts about my disability seem to go away and we focus on woodturning. I hope this forum and the AAW program Beyond Barriers will continue this process for other turners who want to join the ranks of wood turner.

    I will be monitoring this forum and look forward in engaging others as we all learn more about the process of woodturning and we get beyond barriers.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2013
  4. Jim Gafney

    Jim Gafney

    Aug 5, 2010
    Location (City & State):
    Mullica Hill,NJ
    Some times people with handicaps can humble us. One member of my local chapter has just passed 5,000 bowls. People search him out for special project with historical trees. His hands are cripple, his feet have trouble and need braces. He is a wealth of knowledge to and will to help all of us.
    As I approach 67 with a severe back issues and hip issues, the techniques to turn in pain is becoming more difficult. More pain meds and I could lop a finger of and not know it until the next day. I turn one pen then have to wait until the afternoon or the next day to put on the finnish. But the few pens I make, the profits go to the wounded Warriors Project. Smile.

    Sitting down and turn is difficult on my old Delta. If I have to buy a new one, I might just give it up after 35 years. I could use any tips I could get for old geezers.
    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
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