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Woodturners to Know
This is a collection of websites and images from some of my favorite turners and other craftspeople. Some have been my teachers, and the others -- I just admire their work. Most have strong, individual ideas about design. As I’ve gone along in turning, I like to think that listening to them and seeing their work has given me permission to explore form, design and color in my own work. Click the links and see what they have to say for themselves.
My Lathe Tool Cabinet
I’ve now had this cabinet in use for 3 to 4 years and have it mounted on the wall just to right of the tail stock end of my lathe. It has been by far one of the best solutions I have come up with for holding the majority of my turning tools. In addition to this cabinet, I also built a rolling tool cart, with full width drawers that holds a myriad of other lathe tools and accessories as well as my grinder and belt sharpener on the top surface.
For the construction of the wall cabinet all of the plywood used is 5/8” as that is what I had on hand. You could use a ¾” ply but I would definitely not go less than the 5/8”.
Saturday started as a day filled with great promise. Mild temperatures, low humidity, and gentle breezes were in the forecast. The wife was going to be gone for the day, leaving me eight hours of uninterrupted shop time. There was leftover brisket in the fridge for a sandwich.
I started my morning with a nice online chat with a knowledgeable wood smith that inhabits a woodworking web site I like to frequent.
Spending Time with a Legend
This morning I received a call from Jim Beaman a local woodturner here in Tucson. “Hey I am headed down to see Wally. You want to go?” I was all over it.
To bring you all up to date a couple of weeks ago Wally Dickerman was to have a stint put in. They had found some blockage and a single stint would take care of it. Wee complications. A one day event in the hospital became more much more. Next was pneumonia, kidney function slowed, and irregular heartbeat. “I thought it was over.” After the pneumonia and start of recovery Wally received a pace maker.
The Old Man and the Sea (A fish story)
My family likes to vacation together and we’ve been on some pretty incredible trips over the years. We’ve done the usual Disneyland and Disneyworld trips, Yellowstone and Grand Teton, Glacier National Park, to name a few. But my favorite trips and my favorite place to visit is Hawaii. We’ve been to Oahu, Kauai, the Big Island, and this fall we went to Maui. Our Maui trip included my wife and I, my three kids and their spouses and my four grandkids. We had more fun than I can even begin to recall with all the kids and the beach and snorkeling and on and on. But this story is about a fishing trip we took while on this vacation. Actually the fishing trip was just myself, my son Shane, and his new bride Rosie. And I should also mention that although I’m not an expert fisherman, and I’m a true novice at deep sea fishing, I have done my fair share of fishing in the rivers and lakes of Northern Utah, Western Wyoming, Eastern Idaho, and Southwestern Montana. But none of that prepared me for the fishing adventure I was part of on this trip. I might also mention that parts of this fish story might be a little graphic for some. I apologize for that in advance.