Lathe photo

Last week my sister (who is a professional photographer) took a really cool picture of me and my lathe. I put a 12″ sanding disc on my lathe, for grinding metal. I needed to round the edges of some of my tools so they wouldn’t dig into my tool rest and make it unusable. I also shaped an awl using my drill. The flying sparks made really cool pictures. Pretty awesome, eh?

AAW Symposium

Recently I went to the AAW (which stands for the American Association of Woodturners) 25th Annual Symposium in St. Paul, MN. I learned an enormous amount of information from professionals from around the world. They had classes from 8 a.m. until around 5 p.m. three days in a row. I went to workshops by Michael Hosaluk, Alan Lacer and David Elssworth among others. And I saw Stuart Batty  and Jimmy Clewes in the Trade Show. Stuart Batty was doing demonstrations and videoing the sessions. He had six video cameras and tv’s set up, so people could see exactly what he was doing.

These guys are some of the best wood turners in America. I had seen a lot of their DVD’s, so it was really amazing to meet them in person!

I also went to Rex Burningham on making pens. One of the many things I learned at the symposium was how to make these mini pens! I use the same kit as I use for making normal pens, but Rex told us how to modify them. Basically you take the ink cartridge and cut it so it is shorter. You also have to use smaller pieces of wood. These mini pens are great for carrying around!

I learned a lot of other cool techniques for making pens which I will be trying in the near future!