The Learning Continues

I'm pretty stoked about this upcoming weekend because I'm going to take a couple of seminars on turning. Up till now my turning experience included spinning up some wood and showing different tools to it to see what they would do. The skew looks like some other woodworking tools that I've used before so I started there. So far I am proficient at tool catches and sending maple blanks flying over my right shoulder. Try as I might, I can't get them to go over the left shoulder. The 'flying blanks' thing sent me to LV to pick up a full-face shield to prevent the inevitable. I've also been witnessed using a block plane on a piece of spinning wood ... and man does that plane sole ever heat up.

It should now be clear as to why I'm taking some courses. Poor Rick who teaches turning seminars at the Ottawa Lee Valley is going to have his hands full I think. I'm taking two courses: sharpening your turning tools and turning a bowl. 

It's been so long since I've taken a woodworking course that I'm giddy with excitement. I love learning something new and adding on to my woodworking repertoire. One of the many things I like about woodworking is there are so many different sects of the sport. This means that there is no chance of knowing everything about it. I will learn some skills on the lathe that will no doubt compliment my furniture making but I will not become a turner. There's nothing wrong with being a turner, however it's just like any other skill, you need time to become proficient ... 10 000 hours they say. I likely won't put that kind of time into the skill because that type of woodworking doesn't turn my chuck ... but I would like to be able to turn chair or table legs from time to time or maybe a decorative detail here and there. 

If my first bowl isn't too ugly I'll consider posting a picture of it. If it is butt-ugly, I will definitely post a picture.

In order to understand, you must do. V