How To Get Lucky

I learned everything I need to know about creating my own good luck from fishing.  I like to bass fish a lot, in fact I tried my hand at making a living as a bass fisherman.  Only one problem, although I am an avid amateur bass fishermen I suck as a professional.  I literally fished every day for two years and never made a dime.  I did however discover a few things.

  1. It is important to be in the right place.  You will catch a lot more bass in a lake with a good bass population than you will in a swimming pool, at least most swimming pools.

  2. It is difficult to catch fish when you do not have a line in the water.  Your luck increases dramatically the more time you spend with your bait in front of the fish.  On an average day of fishing from first light to around 3 o’clock in the afternoon, most folks will make between 800 and 1500 casts depending on the bait. (Remember my story titled “move your beans”).

  3. Most of the time the fish do not hook themselves.  When you realize you are getting a bite you must make a huge concerted effort to set the hook, play the fish and reel them in. Not all hooksets result in a fish in the boat.

  4. Preparation before you get to the lake pays big dividends and allows you to maximize your time on the water. Opportunity is perishable. Everything you do to prepare your gear ahead of time means not having to do it when the clock is ticking and you are in the heat of battle.

Sweet Janice says I am the luckiest guy she knows and I think she is right.  These principles apply to everything we do and I use them often.  Here are a few examples from the world of wood turning.  Unless you are the one-in-a-million to whom Woodturning comes naturally and intuitively there are a few things you can do to speed up the learning process.

  1. Be In The Right Place — Spend time around people who turn wood.  That means attending Woodturning club meetings, hanging out with woodturners, attending wood turning demonstrations and symposiums, spending time viewing videos weather on YouTube or commercially produced projects.  Hands-on classes yielded a wealth of skill building benefits in a very short period of time.

  2. Get In The Game — I once heard a very famous Turner boast that he is self-taught.  Although it worked for him, most of us are far better off spending time with a teacher/mentor who knows a lot more than we do who has faced our same challenges and is ready to share his solutions.  Working in a vacuum may be less stressful on occasion, but progress is often much slower.

  3. Take Action — When you spot a learning opportunity, i.e. a class, a demonstration, a meeting, you must make the effort to sign up, pay the fee, and actually show up and do the work.  In other words, ask for the order, close the sale, you make it happen.

  4. Prepare Ahead Of Time — As someone who gives hundreds of “demonstrations” every year, the amount of time it takes to prepare tools, machinery, demonstration wood and other visual aids would astound most people.  The preparation can be so exhausting that I sometimes question whether it is worth the effort (it has always been worth the effort).

This advice can be applied across the board whether preparing a meal, looking for a job, attending a craft fair to sell your wares, making a sales presentation to a potential client, conducting a staff meeting, giving a class report in school in front of your teacher and classmates, teaching a Sunday school class, or asking for a date.  These principles are universal.  And that is how you get “lucky”, because wherever you go there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this message:

Proverbs 13:4 KJV

The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.

Ron & Janice (Click here to email me)

This Week I Have 2 Sales


Sale #1

Pepper Mill Master Kit

Includes 2 Special Pepper Mill Blanks

Everything you need to make beautiful custom Pepper Mills on your lathe. For this special, I've included two turning blanks made of StrataBond material. Colors will vary, but all are very beautiful. This special material is used to make extremely high end gun stocks and is composed of thin layers of dyed birch plywood and epoxy. All of the layers run the same direction so the grain patterns are vivid. Stratabond is difficult and costly to obtain, but wort the effort if you can find it. I have acquired a small quantity to include with this very limited sale. See below for detailed information on StrataBond material.

Details Here

Sale #2

StrataBond Turning Blanks

Here are a few examples of items I have made previously using this extraordinary material:

Clicking on this photo will take you to one of my web sites (you will not be able to order from that page) where you will be able to view this material in detail with much larger close up photos.

I am offering specific pieces of square turning stock. Most are suitable for Pepper Mill projects and turning tool handles to 18"+ in length. I also have 3 small bowl turning squares. Visit the web page for specifics. These are being offered on a first-come, first-served basis. I do have some additional raw inventory which I will be adding as I can mill it. If there is something you want that you don't see, please drop me a note with your requests. Colors are very limited and mostly natural.

Here is a short video to help you understand what I am offering.

To View Individual Stratabond Turning Squares:

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Remaining Summer Show Schedule 2015 -

Aug 2015, SWAT Symposium in Waco, TX (Confirmed)

Sept 2015, Turning Southern Style in Dalton, Ga. (Confirmed)

October 2015 Fall Woodworking Show Season Begins. Cities to be determined. Probably 5 shows before Thanksgiving.