Monday, March 11, 2013

Torus IV

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Monday, March 4, 2013

Beads of Courage

We had a presentation from the Beads of Courage people back in January. This will be my contribution. Mahogany and Curly Eucalyptus with an African Blackwood knob.

I decided to make another lid. The first one was just a hair too small. It fit but it was looser than I wanted. This on is still loose but it doesn't have the slop that the first one had.

I debated cutting some feet on the bottom but decided to turn a bead instead. I think the bead echoes the rolled rim on the top.

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Thursday, February 28, 2013

DWR recap

This weekend was the 2013 Desert Woodturning Roundup. We run this woodturning convention every 2 years at the Mesa Convention Center. This year we had 7 featured demonstrators plus one local demonstrator in the Vendors area. Richard Raffan, Michael Hosaluk, David J Marks, Molly Winton, Malcolm Tibbetts, J Paul Fennell, and John Lucas were the featured demonstrators. Matt Monaco was the local turner in the vendors area.

I don't have the final numbers yet but I'm estimating attendance was up 20-25% from 2011. I snapped this photo outside of one of the demonstrator rooms. This was the smallest room in the building and not only was it standing room only inside of the room, there were people seated in the hallway watching the demo through the doorway.

I can't speak for all the attendees but based on my experience being on the organizing committee everything went very smoothly, far better than expected. All of the feedback that I received was overwhelmingly positive. The issues experienced were either handled within minutes or were out of our control and had minimal impact. There's certainly still room for improvement but overall I'm very pleased with how everything turned out. I just wish I'd been able to view more of the demonstrations. With only 1 exception I was so busy I was only able to see 10 minutes here and there. I was able to sit in one Richard Raffan demo for about 60 minutes before an issue came up that required my attention.

I splurged on a couple of pieces for my personal collection. This small Verdigris pot from Richard Raffan and another small decorated form by Molly Winton. I figured this would be my only chance to ever own a Raffan piece so I went for it.

The newly acquired Molly Winton piece. My wife seems to be under the impression that this piece belongs to her.

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Desert Woodturning Roundup 2013

Prepping wood for demonstrators.

This pile is for Richard Raffan and another event we have planned.

This is also for Richard Raffan along with the small rounds in the upper right for J. Paul Fennell.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Wood trade

Some wood I just received in a trade with another local turner.

Maple with mild quilted figure. 11" x 11" x 4"

Pacific Yew 3.25" diameter and 12" long.

My wife has already claimed any and all pieces made from this wood.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Demo results

I ended up using a prepared piece of Box Elder for the 2nd half of my demo. I didn't want to waste time doing the actual hollowing of a blank so I swapped to a pre-hollowed blank when we took a break.

I'm going to refine the shape a bit more and thin it out a little to reduce the weight a bit so it's a finished piece. I'll probably give it away at the next regular club meeting (April).

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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Demo 2013

I’m doing a demo on Saturday at the Arizona Woodturners Assoc. I’ve chosen to do a hollow form that’s hollowed through the bottom and then plugged with a piece of the same wood (from the same blank to best match the color and grain). I started my prep work tonight and ended up settling on this piece of Apricot. I was considering a piece of Maple burl but decided against it.

Here’s a few examples of the type of hollow form I’m going to demo:

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