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Woodturning School

Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Emiliano Achaval, Oct 30, 2020.

  1. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    For the last 3 years, on my annual pilgrimage to the land where I was born, Argentina, I have been teaching woodturning. Last year, one of my friends, started a turning school. he rented an old house, lots of rooms, bbq area, pool and more. he now has 4 old English refurbished lathes, with variable speed. One of our own turning legends, Dale Larsen was planning on going and doing a tour of Argentina and teach at a minimum of 5 locations. He decided not to go, and as a thank you, I'm sorry guys, he donated a brand new Vicmarc VM120 for the school. Doug Thompson donated about 20 gouges. Sadly, the person that was going down in March to take these tools, hasn't been able to travel into the country due to the Covid. I'm hoping that he will be going soon. Argentina is stuck in the twilight zone, they are 50 or more years behind us when it comes to tools, lathes, and anything related to turning. A friend ordered a Vicmarc VL300 a few years ago. He had to pay 100% duty import taxes on the machine!! Plus, a few bribes to the right crooked customs agents. I'm working on sending tools down there, a friend has an import-export business. A box up to 40 pounds costs $220. I'm trying to find the grinders for the pepper mills, the parts to make pens, and maybe a few bottle stoppers. Thing is,I would like to find them at wholesale. All the proceeds from the sales, just the parts or say a pepper grinder at a craft fair, will go back towards the school. More lathes are needed, more tools, facemasks, you name it, they needed. In a few weeks' classes are starting, 28 people have signed up for them! Doug Thompson has agreed to make Matias Castro a dealer for Thompson tools, without an upfront payment. What a generous offer by Doug. Well, I'm on the hook, Doug trusts me. There is a tremendous need for good tools. Someone was selling Doug's tools, but they do not have the contacts to make things happen with consistency. If anybody knows where I can get pepper and pen parts wholesale, please let me know. If you have some laying around and want to donate it for a good cause, send me a message. If anybody is planning on traveling down to Argentina and want to turn or give a demo, I can arrange it, I know turners in all 25 provinces. Every year I bring back some beautiful woods, Palo Santo, Quebracho, Algarrobo, Anchico, and more, you will be gifted some of this, and you will be treated to some of most amazing "Asado" BBQ you have ever eaten, not to mention some of the best wines in the world
    Sorry for the long post, in fact, I could go on forever. Aloha
     
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  2. JeffSmith

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    Emiliano - this may be helpful in getting wholesale pricing on pen and other kits directly from the manufacturer. I have not bought from them, I just don’t turn a lot of pens or stoppers but have been on their email list for several years now. Hope it helps. You just have to register before you can browse. If anyone has had experience with these guys please feel free to share - good, bad or indifferent.
    http://www.penkitsmall.com/index.php/Products/buy_online.html
     
  3. Ricc Havens

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    Mailing you a couple peppermill kits and a few stainless stoppers I had laying around. The stoppers have the 3/8 X16 threaded posts so you will need a tap.

    Hope it helps
    Ricc Havens
     
  4. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Thank you Ricc!!
     
  5. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Thank you for your help!
     
  6. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Thank you Ricc, I received the package today! I immediately took some pictures and sent them to Matias Castro, the owner of the school. He is very grateful, as I am. Thank you again for your generosity. Aloha
     
  7. Ricc Havens

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    You are welcome Glad I could help!
     
  8. Alberto Manetta

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    Emiliano, I was also born in Argentina and I know how desperate the situation is over there. I’ll be happy to donate few tools and perhaps take a trip post COVID. Let me know when you’re planning to go and I send you a couple of tools. I just joined the forum and I’m not very familiar with it. Best,
    Alberto Manetta
     
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  9. Emiliano Achaval

    Emiliano Achaval Administrator Staff Member

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    Welcome to the Forum!! I have some friends visiting from Argentina right now. They are taking back over 20 tools donated by Doug Thompson, 6 by Mike Hunter, a new Vicmarc chuck donated by Dale Larson. Lots of weight!! I'm hoping to be able to go this year, if things get better and if and when I get vaccinated. I can arrange it for you to do a demo and or some classes at Matias school! ANd of course take some tools for them. I'm doing a demo sponsored by the AAW on January 30th at 19.00 hs BA time. A simple bowl on the lathe. We will post the link here soon. Bienvenido al forum!
     

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