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Keep a Close Watch on that Heart of Yours
(…with apologies to the late Johnny Cash)
As some of you may know I have zero musical ability and very little appreciation of it, so you’ve probably already guessed that this article is NOT about the Johnny Cash song “I Walk The Line”. And those of you who know that I am recovering from major heart surgery could have easily guessed that it has something to do with that unpleasant subject. Others may have already switched channels.
So before you take flight let’s deal with some things this is NOT going to be. It’s certainly NOT going to be melodramatic or emotional. It is NOT going to be a grim discussion of a complex medical procedure and all the discomfort and fear that might accompany it. I have learned a little about this subject over the last few months, but I surely am NOT qualified to give medical advice to anyone.
A couple of classes at The Escoulen School of Woodturning
Earlier this spring I happened across the website for the Escoulen School of Woodturning. I had, of course heard of it before as a place for learning some great woodturnings. As I was perusing their summer schedule I noticed that they were offering a class on thin turning, or turning a trembleur. After all my time in woodturning, and all the symposium and instant galleries I’ve been to, I’ve never seen a trembleur ‘in person’ as it were. But I had heard of them, and seen the youtube video on the trembleur contest which was held right there at the Escoulen School, and was always fascinated by them. Well, here was the ‘Ecole Escoulen’ offering a class on how to turn one, taught by Jean-François Escoulen himself, and advertized as being in English! Could I possibly take part in it?
Wild Cherry, Another Mid-South Beauty
Back in October, I utilized my monthly allocation of newsletter space discussing a tree/wood which is generally considered the woodturning king of mid-south native woods, that being the black walnut. As thousands of others have done before, I heaped praise upon this beautiful world class wood, and listed its many outstanding qualities. However, I also pointed out that walnut has a dark side in that dust from this wood is extremely irritating to a high percentage of people who work with wood, and for woodturners especially, since we generate so much dust via our obsession with sanding. I for one, keep my walnut turning to a minimum because of the irritating dust.
WTU 2015 Summer Challenge
How many of you can remember the first time you put a tool to a spinning piece of wood? Some have saved that first turning as an example of how far they’ve come, others just remember it in their minds, but I think all of us remember that anxious feeling of putting the tool to the wood, wondering what was going happen next and what the finished piece was going to look like. I’m sure there are people that follow this forum as lurkers as well as those that are regular contributors. All of us share one thing in common though, in our own separate ways we are constantly seeing something here that ignites that little spark in our mind that says “I’ve got to try that sometime”. Well, “Sometime” is here! The Summer 2015 Challenge is going to be the “Sometime Challenge”.