Tag: Wood Turning

  • Bowl Turning | Leopardwood Bowl

    In this video, I turn a Leopardwood bowl. It’s fairly small at 4″ in diameter and 2″ thick. This is one of four that’ll be in a set together. The wood was tricky to work with. It has a varying grain pattern and is quite hard. In the end, it turned out pretty well. Shopify:…

  • September 17, 2023

    I got wood today. An ad on the internet turned me on to it. The first one I tried didn’t work out but the second one did. I got so excited about it that I couldn’t think of anything else until I dealt with it. Incidentally, I saw the wood yesterday and didn’t do anything…

  • September 9, 2023

    September 9, 2023

    I bought HSS chisels and a bench grinder today. Using them scared the shit right out of me.

  • September 8, 2023

    It’s been over a week since I’ve been to the workshop. I was reminded that I’d been away when I got my box of new materials in the mail. The package has some weight to it.

  • Pen Turning | Ebony Wood with Chrome Hardware Cigar Pen

    In this week’s video, I turn a cigar pen with Ebony wood and chrome hardware. This pen is part of a custom order for a men’s clothing store in Toronto. Ebony is a dusty wood to work with, especially when using carbide chisels, but it finishes beautifully. I used a simple friction finish, Shellawax, to…

  • August 25, 2023

    I woke up today with a lot on my mind. Well, a lot of ideas about what to do with the workshop. I’m having trouble keeping things straight so I had to start a list. I managed to write down two items before forgetting about it, as well. To help me move forward, I decided…

  • July 22, 2023

    July 22, 2023

    Playing used to mean going outside to ride my bike, play street hockey, shoot hoops in the driveway, or build something with Lego. It made senses to call those activities “playing” because they were fun and carefree. Going to the playground wouldn’t be all that much fun if it were work.

  • Pen Turning | Sugar Maple with Blue Titanium Hardware Cigar Pen

    Pen Turning | Sugar Maple with Blue Titanium Hardware Cigar Pen

    In this video, I turn a cigar pen with Sugar Maple wood and blue titanium hardware. The pen is finished with CA, giving it a glassy feel. My lathe failed while I was making this pen so that set me back a little. The simple lines of this pen make it look sleek and not…

  • Wood Turning | Padauk Bowl

    Wood Turning | Padauk Bowl

    In this video, I work on a bowl made of Padauk. This bowl developed over time, eventually turning out differently than I had intended. I do want to see my original idea through, so I’ll order another square bowl blank. This bowl provided great learning, even through all of the frustrations. Let me know what…

  • Bowl Turning | Sycamore Bowl

    Bowl Turning | Sycamore Bowl

    In this week’s video, I turn a bowl out a Sycamore blank. This project ended up killing my lathe – the motor burnt out. I was at it for a good four hours or so. My lathe isn’t all that big or powerful but I didn’t think I was pushing it too hard. I was…

  • May 30, 2023

    May 30, 2023

    My lathe broke. The motor burnt out. I didn’t realize how upset I was about it until I found a solution.

  • April 11, 2023

    April 11, 2023

    I was really hoping to make a pen tonight but I ended up sharpening the pen mill cutter head — it trims the wood down to the same length as the brass tube — for at least 45 minutes. It was slow going. I’m still not even properly done. I was able to trim down…