Connecting The Dots

I would like to make a suggestion which will help you develop your own unique personal style. It is possible to awaken what I will call your “personal creativity”, by design and on purpose.  I know it works; I do it myself.  The method I would like to share with you this time I am calling connecting the dots.

We have all heard the phrase “you don’t have to reinvent the wheel every time.”  In the world of turning there really is not anything new under the sun.  We borrow pleasing shapes from the classics, the world of pottery, the world of sculpture, shapes found in nature, etc. so how can we make them our own?  For many years I have used a method I am going to call cross-pollination. 

I take something which already exists and blend it together with something else which already exists.  For example: making inlays by stack cutting contrasting woods with a scroll saw is a skill I learned even before I learned to turn wood.  Then I learned to turn wood.  I took things which I had made using the stack cutting method with a scroll saw, glued those pieces onto a turning blank and turned the whole thing.  What resulted were very unique Christmas ornaments, unique turned lidded boxes with inlays and a myriad of other turned items beautiful wooden inlays. Some of the results can be seen below.



Christmas OrnamentsLidded BoxVarious Laser Cut Kits


The way I developed my wildly popular Turners Laser Guide was by blending two existing technologies.  Manufactures of captive hollowing rigs have been adding laser pointing devices to their rigs for many years to prevent the user from cutting through the side of the vessel.  Other folks have made handheld hollowing tools for just as long.  My contribution was to develop a mounting system which allowed a laser guide to be attached to any handheld hollowing device.  I simply clamped the Turners laser guide to the brass ferrule present on every hand held tool.

What other hobby do you practice which could possibly be blended with something you turn on a wood lathe?  Cynthia Gibson loves pyrography.  Michael Gibson loves to turn teapots.  Blending those two disciplines has resulted in stunningly beautiful teapots decorated with Cynthia’s special brand of pyrography.  Jimmy Clews loves to blend colorful dyeing techniques to produce beautiful and exceptional winged vessels that are distinctly his own and are easily recognizable.  I’ve even seen beads attached to turned platters with amazing results. There are dozens of other examples where Turners have brought two dissimilar types of crafts together in the same work thereby creating something unique and beautiful.  I know you can do it to, just connect the dots.  Because wherever you go, there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this week’s message:

Galatians 6:9 MSG  ̶  So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit.




This is a Travel Week -- We will be at SWAT in Waco, Tx



New Items You will Love


  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


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

Designed for use with 8" grinders.


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.


These are supposed to be thumbnails. You should be able to click on each photo to enlarge it. I you have difficulty go here.

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.



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.

Longworth Chucks Expected Shortly

I have been out of stock on 12" and 16" Longworth Chucks for a while. Thanks to all of you who purchased these fantastic chucks. I have a container scheduled to arrive later this week. I expect to be able to accept orders when I return to the office Aug 25th 2015. I'll post an announcement on my website and I'll drop you a note when I can confirm that it actually arrived.

Thanks for your patience.