The Right To Remain Silent

I think the comedian, Ron White, said it best “I had the right to remain silent, I just did not have the ability.”  I sometimes also find myself afflicted with this malady, especially when it comes to those I am closest to like my family and friends.  What you say matters, sometimes more than you realize.  And what you do not say can also have a very profound effect.


In the world of Woodturning, where we strive to inspire and encourage, I think it is particularly important not to discourage folks who may not be as far along as we are by making a careless hurtful remark.  Recognizing what makes the shape pleasing and what makes it look clunky can be a very difficult skill to acquire for some folks.  Just as those with artistic inclinations find drawing, sketching, and painting a very easy activity, many other folks find it very difficult and in some cases impossible.


As an example, I have searched for, studied, and practiced techniques for mastering the skew chisel.  For me, the lightbulb has gone on, I get it, it makes sense to me, it is no longer a challenge and the skew chisel is now fun to use and no longer something to be feared.  That is not the case with a whole lot of turners I meet all across this great country of ours.  When that lightbulb went on, when the bell rang, as soon as I understood, it all seems so simple.  But I know it is not that simple.  Some people are good at math and others are good at music.  Some folks are great cooks while others are near mechanical prodigies.


I am firmly planted in the camp which believes in encouraging others, building other people up, and doing everything I can to help them improve from where they are to where they want to be.  This wonderful, blessed life we have been given is a journey.  None of us have arrived at our final destination, so as we travel down this road together let us do what we can to make it a better place for those around us, for those close to us, and for those that God puts in our path.  A purposeful and easy way to do this when looking at someone’s turning project is to point out what they got right and praise those things.  That is not to say you cannot mention areas which could use improvement, you just do not have to make a big deal out of the negatives. I believe in being truthful, just not in being brutally honest when you don’t have to be. Because wherever you go there you are.


Here is my inspiration for this message:

Job 16:5 NIV - But my mouth would encourage you; comfort from my lips would bring you relief.


Chris Stott, Author “Turned Boxes – 50 Designs”

“Allan’s comment ‘I like your work – keep it up’ was all the encouragement I needed, and I thank him for taking the time to stop and look.” Chris was quoting Allan Batty, a world class extremely well known wood turner.


Reminder of this week's sale items



Special Sharpening Sale

Free Shipping within the USA for all orders over $49 Plus free DVD “Sharpen Your Lathe Tools Like An Expert” with Ron Brown upon request.

  1. Universal Setting Jig for use with all popular sharpening systems (Gouges) $29.99

    New Unsolicited Tool Review from Sam Angelo – View Video Here


  2. Quad Setting Jig for use with all popular sharpening systems (Platform) $19.99

  3. Precision Sharpening System for Lathe Tools $99

  4. CBN Wheels – Super Premium High Performance wheels for 8” grinders $169.99


Sharp tools are more fun, sharp tools are safer, sharp tools produce better results. If you are struggling to sharpen your tools or if it just seems to take too long to properly set up your sharpening jig, let a touring professional wood turner show you how he does it. A dull tool requires you to push much harder to make a cut resulting in a poor quality finish which requires extra sanding. You will often slip when exerting extra pressure and can even totally ruin your work. One of the best kept secrets of the Pros is that their tools are always sharp, usually sharper than the average turner can achieve. And they are able to resharpen their tools with amazing speed and accuracy.




Individual Details Below

Universal Setting Jig For

Lathe Tool Sharpening

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, you could pick up any HSS lathe gouge you own and reproduce that grind exactly every time?  Well now you can and it is easy with the Universal Setting Jig for Lathe Tool Sharpening from Ron Brown’s Best. The universal setting jig does it all.  You can reproduce any grind you currently have and love and want to keep. This Jig will also allow you to take a brand-new tool and use the universal setting jig to begin with the nose angle of your choice; 35°, 40°, 45°, and 50° or anything in between.


Watch the Video Here

Product Details Here


Introducing - Quad-Setting-Jig For Wood Lathe Tools



Thank you for your overwhelming support of my new Universal Setting Jig for use in sharpening your spindle and bowl gouges which I introduced earlier in the week. I am thrilled at the response. Details below in case you missed it.


Many of you asked about the other side of the grinder, the platform. You wanted to know if I had something which would enable the same kind of accuracy in sharpening the “4 Other Tools”. So, I came up with a jig to use to correctly set the proper grinding angles for Roughing Gouges, Parting Tools, Skews & Bowl Scrapers. I’ve named it the “Quad Setting Jig”, since one jig sets the correct angels for all 4 of the other HSS woodturning lathe tools. It is also available for immediate shipment.


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Quad Setting Jig

Bowl Scraper

Roughing Gouge

Parting Tool


Using the Quad Setting Jig is simple and easy. Locate the name of the tool you wish to sharpen on the jig. Loosen the platform and move it away from the grinding wheel far enough to adjust. Place the flat part of the jig on the platform table. Adjust the table and the arm until both points are in contact with the wheel. Tighten the table and the arm. Sharpen accurately and repeatably every time.

More info Here.

Precision Sharpening System

Sale $99



Precision Sharpening System for Lathe Tools With Free How-To DVD Three reasons you need a jig to properly sharpen your HSS lathe tools: MUCH FASTER – TOOLS LAST LONGER – MORE CONSISTENT 1) IT IS MUCH FASTER - you can sharpen any bowl gouge in less than one minute. Spindle gouges with a fingernail grind can be sharpened in less than one minute. 2) TOOLS LAST LONGER SO YOU SAVE MONEY - The minimum amount of material is removed each time you sharpen your lathe chisels using a precision sharpening system. You generally only need one or two passes to return your lathe tools back to extreme sharpness when using a jig. Freehand sharpening may require as many as six or eight passes and usually results in a less desirable multifaceted cutting edge. 3) A SHARPENING JIG IS MUCH MORE CONSISTENT - when sharpening freehand, it is very easy to change the cutting angles on the edge of your tools, especially over time. Think of the distortion you get when making a copy of a copy of a copy of a copy, etc.

More Info Here



CBN Grinding Wheels

Save $20 and the shipping (USA Only) when you buy either wheel. Or, get both and save $80 plus the shipping!

Details Here:

80 Grit, 180 Grit, Both


In case you didn't already know, I have posted tons of "Free Download" stuff on my web site.

"Free Downloads HERE"

Including Bottle Stopper Designs - 50 Plus classic designs. Free PDF

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.






The Amazing Flat Compass

Here is a new twist on a centuries-old drawing instrument used daily throughout the world.  Most compasses and dividers are used in the vertical position.  The amazing flat compass is designed to be used in a horizontal position resting on the work piece during use.


The multi-point drawing tip was designed to be used with a wide variety of writing instruments from pencils and ballpoint pens to the largest sharpie.  Bowl Turner’s will find the amazing flat compass particularly useful as they routinely struggle to lay out bowl blanks.  Traditional pencils do not write very well, if at all, on wet rough surfaces.  Sharpies excel in this application.


Traditional flat workers will enjoy the compact structure of the amazing flat compass and its tremendous range as they design varies components from circles and arcs to bisecting lines.  The amazing flat compass is not designed to completely replace the traditional two legged small compass we all have in our drawing instrument drawers.  Most woodworkers will find that the amazing flat compass excels when working with larger circles and arcs up to 24 inches in diameter.


The pivot point is custom manufactured from 100% stainless steel and is built to be rugged and durable.  As all stainless steel is rust and corrosion resistant the amazing flat compass is designed to give many years of service.  Measuring only 8” long by 2-1/2” wide and around  2” tall, the amazing flat compass is capable of drawing circles up to 24 inches in diameter and as small as around 3 inches.  


View A Short Video Here

More info Here



I’ll see you at SWAT in Waco, Texas Aug. 21-23, 2015.

For those of you in the Southeast, don’t forget about Turning Southern Style XXI September 18-20, 2015. I will be there as a vendor for sure, but I have also been asked to do a rotation on Fancy Christmas Ornaments and Fancy Finials.



Ron Brown's Best © 2015

A New Section added to the Web Site

I have no illusions that I have cornered the market on all of the clever ideas for woodturners, or just in general for that matter. I am inviting you to drop me a note with a simple question: "Why doesn't someone invent something that will . . . ? Then tell me what you wish someone would invent.

I make no promises of compensation of any kind. You will simply be asking the question. I do plan to offer a prize of your choice of any 3 DVD's on my web site each quarter for the best question submitted. However, it will be in my sole discretion if any of the ideas are worth a reward. I may elect not to offer any prize at all. If your question leads to an idea which ultimately makes me millions of dollars, you have my undying gratitude, but no compensation, in my sole discretion. Having said that, what is your question?


Ron Brown



In case you didn't already know, I have posted tons of "Free Download" stuff on my web site.

"Free Downloads HERE"

Including Bottle Stopper Designs - 50 Plus classic designs. Free PDF

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.