In the midst of a busy schedule...... I have also been working with a woodturning friend and tool creator Dave Schweitzer to design a set of two skews, large and small. These tools are made of the same high-grade M42 cobalt high-speed steel as the rest of the D-Way line-up.
To all who have been eagerly awaiting your very own D-Way Skew (the ones I use for all of my spindle turning projects)...the recent batch is finished, sharpened, and ready for shipment!
- Large Skew: 1 3/8" wide x 3/8" thick, total length is 8 1/2" (6 1/2" useable tool + 2" tang). The large skew is made to fit a 5/8" socket in a modular tool handle. I recommend the D-Way 16" handle.
- Small Skew: 3/4" wide x 5/16" thick, total length is 8" (6" useable tool + 2" tang). The small skew is made to fit a 1/2" socket in a modular tool handle. I recommend either the D-Way 8" or D-Way 12" handles.
Large Skew= $96.47 (incl. sales tax)
It's been awhile since my last entry. Here's a quick catch up on what's been going on in my turning life;
-On April 10th, I demonstrated (all-day) for the Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Kennewick, WA. This was my first time demonstrating for this club, and what an enjoyable weekend! I really had a great time with ALL of the members. A special thanks to several of the members; Jim Swift who organized and made the event possible, Don Gangl for opening up his shop for the demo, John Barany and wife Carol for hosting me and my Dad (who was visiting from Colorado), and Ron Gerton for the great visit after the meeting. I feel fortunate to demo for this group, thanks for the great experience!
-On April 15th, I demonstrated for the South Puget Sound Woodturners in Fife, WA. Many of the members have seen me "grow-up" from a beginning turner, so it was really nice to demonstrate for so many of my woodturning friends! I demonstrated skew basics (as this is my main spindle [...]
I've been preparing for my upcoming demonstration for the Mid-Columbia Woodturners in Kennewick, WA. I will be demonstrating this coming Saturday for the entire day. Dad flies in from Colorado Wednesday evening, then we head out to Kennewick Right after work on Friday.
Here is Saturday's demonstration line-up:
1. The in's and out's of the Skew (one of my all-time favorite tools), followed by a few skill-building projects using only the skew.
2. Triple-Axis turning techniques used to create the flames and raindrops, followed by a technique I have developed to finish these pieces off with some color!
3. Thin-Walled Bowl; using wet wood and translucense to gauge wall thickness.
4. Square-Winged Bowl; using a dry, square chunk of wood, turning a small bowl surrounded by a gently curved thin wing.
I'm really looking forward to meeting the Mid-Columbia members and spending a day in the shop with them!
Thanks to the great members of the Willamette Valley woodturning club for their recent invitation to demonstrate Woodturning Basics. The hospitality and great interactions are a testimate to the club's interest in learning this incredible craft. A big thanks to Bruce for his extra effort in making my visit possible. I look forward to another visit in the future. Smiles & Shavings!
Thanks to all the woodworkers who attended last Monday's demonstration at the Evergreen Woodworker's Guild. I was truly honored by your invitation to demonstrate basic bowl turning for your guild. Great questions from the audience and a genuine interest in woodworking made me feel right at home! Thanks also to the members who were my "roadies", helping me un/load and un/pack to make my evening go even smoother.
I am now starting to prepare for several upcoming demonstrations at clubs around the Northwest. My next demonstration is in Salem, OR for the Willamette chapter of the AAW. I am eager to visit this group of woodturners and share the joys of making shavings. I will be demonstrating woodturning basics (spindles and bowls) using the skew and Irish Grind bowl gouge... my favorite tools! I can't wait to meet the members of the Willamette club- I'm truly looking forward to it. :)