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We Built a CNC Machine!

About a month ago I ordered a Shapeoko 2 CNC kit from Inventables and it arrived last week.  Katherine and I sat down over a few days and put it together.  We had a lot of fun and enjoyed spending the time together as well as learning about the new machine.  I made a little video of the progress of the build and I’m looking forward to getting it hooked…

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The British Excursion

I had to go to the UK for my paying job for the past 5 days. I planned ahead and brought a couple of my of my Blues Bowls with me.  I had a friend I had met almost two years ago that lived in the area and he said he’d come up and meet me for supper one night and he was interested in one of the instruments.  Well,…

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Another Tool Desired

I thought I had my tool lust taken care of for a little while but I saw something demonstrated last night and I’ve got to figure out either how to make one or beg, borrow and steal the money to buy one. A fellow woodturner, Roland Hege, demonstrated a threading attachment at the Charlotte Woodturners meeting. It’s a very slick tool and allows you to make threads in wood for…

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Whew!

Only three more days before Christmas and I still have two projects to finish. We’ve done a lot of interesting Christmas shopping this year and tried to stay on the hand made art and craft side as much as possible. It’s really a lot easier with the number of people I’ve met and it’s amazing the work that is produced just among our group of friends. We’ve had to go…

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A Little Productivity

I was actually productive this past weekend and finished a couple of pieces. I hope to get a lot more done over the next couple of weeks.

The Mint Museum of Craft & Design Gig

I’m scheduled to do a demonstration for The Mint Museum of Craft & Design tomorrow (September 18th) from 11:30 to 1:00 on Hearst Plaza. If you’re downtown in the Queen city tomorrow bring your lunch and stop by to see me.

Diddley Bowls

I’ve put together a couple of Diddley bowls over the past few weeks. They’re one string instruments that anyone can play in a matter of minutes. They’re a lot of fun. Check out a video of me playing it. Find more videos like this on Cigar Box Nation

My Demons

Sometimes I feel obsessed with getting a project completed.  Last night was one of those nights and I eneded up staying up well past my bedtime.  It would seem that it paid off however and I got quite a bit done on a new project.  I’m calling this new Blues Bowl “My Demons” due to the really interesting pattern in the spalt on the top. I started the design with…

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Finished A Commission, Or So I Thought

I was commissioned to turn a few pieces from some walnut lumber that had been drying in a barn in PA for the last 20 years.  I turned three pieces fairly quickly and glued up a fourth to become a teapot.  I finally finished it this past weekend and the collector was so happy with it, she ordered another one so I’m going back to the lathe.  No complaints here!

Southern Piedmont Woodturner’s Club Teapot Demo

I’m scheduled to do a demonstration on my teapots this evening for the Southern Piedmont Woodturner’s Club.  I hope that I can fit the 20 lbs of material in the 10 lb bag of time I have.  I’ve been practicing some of the techniques with a few new pieces and think I might have it down to what feels like five hours.  Just kidding.  Hopefully I can work it all into an hour and a half to two hours. Come join us at the Davis Theater Historic Cabarrus County Courthouse 65 Union Street South Concord NC at 7:00 tonight if you’re interested.

Out of Pocket

I’ve been out of pocket lately and not in the studio for the last month while I got acclimated to my new IT Manager position.  It’s been an interesting few weeks and I’ve jokingly said that I’ve been looking for the “monsters in the corners”, yet so far, I really haven’t found any big ones.  I hope that means their not there and not that their really good at hiding.  Time will tell. Last night I met with the South Carolina Watermedia Society in Rock Hill, SC.   We had a nice round table discussion about the options available to promote yourself on the Internet and how you can use them.  Some of the things mentioned were: Commercial websites Blogs Social Networks Peer Forums I enjoyed meeting with the group and…

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