Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ed Pfau shows us how to make a Long Stem Goblet

Today, I’m releasing my third video demo for free. Ed Pfau lives in Monroe, North Carolina and I recorded this demo back in June 2012 and I’m finally getting around to posting it. Please enjoy!

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Monday, August 20, 2012

Gift for my brother’s wedding

I hadn’t turned anything for a while because I was shook shaken up by an experience that made me quit for almost five years. This might be a shared experience that you go through as a woodturner.

I had been turning for a year or so and one night in the basement where our club’s lathe stood fixed was my new project, a bowl. It wasn’t a bowl yet, the inner part hadn’t been cut out yet. My friend and older mentor wasn’t present to assist and I remember the moments that passed, my confidence wasn’t solid. The block was spinning extremely fast and the tenon for the chuck, kept slipping, and I kept tightening the chuck.

Two times the bowl flew off the chuck and whacked me hard in the shoulder and another almost got me on the face mask. As I think about it now, if only I had just redone the tenon for the chuck, the events might have turned out for the better. That night, I ran out of confidence and walked away. My small fear of failure kept me from wanting to try again.

Now, it was late June 2012 and the wedding was July 15. I had no monies to buy something from the registry for my brother’s wedding and my mom kept saying that I should turn something for them. After a few weeks and almost out of time, I decided to get up and try again. Thankfully, my older mentor and friend was there to take the bark off that log.

Two long evenings were spent on that bowl. It was a fresh piece of Oak which hadn’t dried out all the way. My biggest challenge was cutting away at this hard wood with a crack that was there from beginning to end. It took forever just to cut away down to a smooth and balanced outer edge while the lathe danced back towards the wall. Several times I had to stop the lathe to pull it away from the wall. Near the end of the first evening, my mentor came back and said kindly, “Oh, we can put some glue in that crack.”

We left the bowl on the lathe overnight. When I came back, it had expanded a bit and was wobbly as it turned. I spent more time smoothing the outside and then carving out the inside then sanding it. The sanding took a while because the bowl was still wobbly and wasn’t able to center well. While I sanded, the bowl would jump around in my hands and because of that, my hands became tired quicker.

My brother and bride were happy to receive this bowl. When I visited later, the bowl had dried more and became slightly oval. I didn’t recognize my own work as I sat on their couch and later asked them, “Did you open my gift?”

They said, “It’s right there with the peppermints in it.”

“Oh!” This designer had forgotten his creation.

Here’s a short description for the gallery images below:

This bowl took me seven hours to make. Two evenings. The bowl is made from a wet Oak log. There was a crack in the side ever present while I was turning. After the first turning I put some glue in the crack to prevent it from completely tearing apart. Since the wood was wet, any amount of sanding for smoothness would still leave rough patches because of the wood trying to dry in the process. A final coating of pore sealant and bees wax was applied to pull out the dark grain. Before this, I took it thru lots of sanding.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Something new learned from something old

Credit: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1391170

It’s been a while since I last wrote. I’ve been mostly without a car for 2.5 months because of transmission troubles. I finally got it fixed after looking everywhere for alternatives. Being without a car seemed at first like a limitation. Walking several times each night helped me to release alot of tension and helped me to rediscover the part of myself that had almost lost itself in the busyness of day-to-day tasks.

A friend said something to me, today, “You need to give away value for free if you want to sell something.”

While I was waiting for the car, I thought to myself, “When I get it back, I need to start finding more woodturners who are willing to demo for me.” I won’t give up.

If you’ve come across this site because of this post, here’s something for you. If you’re a woodturner living in the USA, preferably in North Carolina, I’m offering a free profile page, if you’ll send me a high-resolution image of yourself at the lathe or showing off a piece of your work and a short biography. Here’s the catch, you’ll need to send me items that you want to sell in my store. Items you are willing to remake yourself, that you are passionate about making. You tell me the price of the item and the shipping fees (U.S. only) as one total price when you contact me by using the form on the homepage. I’ll email you back as soon as I get your information.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Roland Hege's Rose-Engined Bottle Stopper

$60, includes S/H fees

Expect two weeks minimum for delivery with the United States. From now on, all future minimum estimated delivery times are for the United States.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Jerry Measimer's Cowboy Hat

I visited Jerry Measimer in February 2012 to watch him make a cowboy hat. It’s made out of Maple.

File size: 324.9 MB

Friday, May 18, 2012

Ed Pfau

Image courtesy of http://waxhawwt.com
My education is Mechanical Engineering, work history includes Drafting Room Supervision, Design Engineer, Project Manager and Chief Engineer.

I have been seriously turning for six years. During that time I have served as president of the Waxhaw Woodturners, Served as a Director for the North Carolina Symposium and am a member of Southern Piedmont Woodturners.

I have done demonstrations for several schools, assisted in group teaching at several high schools, had a hand in the teaching of several groups completing the AAW Waxhaw Woodturners Youth Turning program. I regularly take part in the club demonstrations at craft days, street fairs and county fairs.

I also teach private lessons either at my shop or at the students location and have done a number of club demonstrations and workshops; in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

My turnings have been exhibited and won blue ribbons and Best of Show at the county level and have been exhibited at the state level.