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The goal of our Critique Teams is to provide guidance to the participants whose work is being critiqued and also to provide a learning experience for all our viewers. This unique approach is something that to the best of our knowledge is not offered anywhere else on the web. We hope the following critique offers suggestions that all our readers can build upon.
This Critique Team consists of following three members; Mike Stafford, Richard Kennedy and Mike Foster. During the formulation of their critiques, each evaluator acts independently and without consulting the other evaluators. Each completes a separate Evaluation Form based on their personal experience, style of turning and perception of the work presented. The evaluations are then compiled and presented in narrative form.
Early in 2014 I watched a professional turner give a demonstration on how to turn an apple from a single piece of wood (i.e. no added stalk) and without using a screw chuck. The system involved mounting a prepared blank in a scroll-chuck and working the apple from the tailstock end back to the chuck. Work commenced on the ‘bud’ end of the apple and then, with the apple almost fully shaped and still attached to the rest of blank by about a finger-thickness of timber, that remaining piece of timber was carefully turned down into a delicate stalk.
This, of course, posed a problem! The stalk was all that was holding the apple in place and if it started to wobble, then the stalk would almost certainly sheer off. Thus the system was of little use if complex or cross-grained timbers were being used. Furthermore, to get sufficient access into the top of the apple to turn the shape on it and then to shape the stalk, the blank needed so much waste that it was actually twice the length of the finished apple. That didn’t work for me! If I’m going to use an attractive piece of timber to make a piece of fruit, then I object to wasting so much of it! So I set about designing a simple compression chuck to stream-line the process and reduce the waste.
Totally Turning 2014
It is hard to believe, but I have now been attending the Totally Turning symposium for a decade (I missed their first symposium). This local symposium, put on by the Adirondack Woodturners Association, has always been a fine event but has grown both in size and quality over the years. I always enjoy getting together with fellow turners and have developed many friendships with other turners from the Northeast who also attend it regularly. I met a few turners from Ontario, a few from Maine including Malcolm Ray and even another dentist who drove all the way from Chicago (although he is a scroll saw artist).
*** WTU 2014 Spring Challenge ***
Spring has sprung ... unless you live in the UP!!
Even if you don't have tulips pushing up yet, it's time for the second of our quarterly challenges, the Spring Challenge. This one will run from now until Saturday, June 21st, the Summer Solstice.
For this challenge we've chosen an everyday, common, household item...
The tallest point on the African continent.
Stories have been written, songs have been sung and movies have been made about this snow covered peak, 2 degrees south of the equator in Tanzania. Mount Kilimanjaro, the remnant of a giant volcano, or rather a conglomeration of 3 volcanos, that rose from the Great Rift Valley three quarters of a million years ago to become the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
I recently had the opportunity to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and it proved to be a challenging and rewarding experience that I’ll never forget. The unique thing about this mountain is that despite its formidable height, it is a non-technical climb. There is no need for ice axes, crampons, or ropes. What is required of the climber is good physical condition, a good attitude, and the will power to push on when the going gets tough, which it will.