Causes and Effects

Here’s a thought, if you want to grow tomatoes plant tomato seeds.  It’s pretty tough to grow tomatoes when you plant corn.  The art and craft of turning wood relies more heavily on the skill of the artist than any other segment of woodworking except perhaps wood carving.  We all face a never-ending quest to improve, refine and develop methods and techniques which will help us produce better results.


Life teaches us many lessons along the way, some of which we must learn more than once.  None of us are going to live long enough to make every mistake ourselves.  Once upon a time I fancied myself as a professional bass fisherman.  The only trouble was I wasn’t very good!  I did however learn some very valuable lessons during my time on the water.


  1. Fisherman: if you expect to catch fish you have to go where the fish are.  Woodturners: that means you join a local Woodturning club and go to the meetings on a regular basis. Take turning classes, attend woodturning symposiums and pay attention.
  2. Fisherman: different gear and techniques are required for different species of fish.  Woodturners: Bowls require different equipment and material than spindles.
  3. Fisherman: when you get everything else right, the more casts you make the more bites you will get.  Woodturners: the more times you turn the same type of item the better you’ll get.
  4. Fisherman: whether the fish are biting or not there’s almost never a bad day on the water.  Woodturners: regardless of the end result, there’s almost never a bad day in the shop.
  5. Fisherman: there is always someone better than you, who has a better understanding than you, but who is willing to help you.  Woodturners: ditto.


Here is the bottom line, if you want to learn to use a skew chisel spend time with someone who knows how to use the skew.  Avoid spending time or listening to someone who is afraid of a skew chisel or just flat doesn’t understand how to use it themselves.  If you want to learn to turn bowls spend time with someone who knows what they’re doing around bowls.  It sounds like a simple concept but you can’t get apples from an orange tree.  Because, wherever you go there you are. 


Here is my inspiration for this week’s message:

Genesis 1:12 KJV And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.



Woodworking Show Update:

There will not be a fall Woodworking Show Season for 2015. Those shows will begin in January, 2016 and have 13 shows scheduled. The 2016 season will go into April. The schedule is now up at www.thewoodworkingshows.com Sweet Janice and I hope to see you at one of these events in 2016.


Time to Make The Christmas Gifts

Start Now, or it will get away from you.

African Blackwood Sale

I have secured a very limited supply of African Blackwood turning blanks 1" x 1" x 5-1/2". The photo shows a finial I just turned from one of the squares. Similar to Gabon Ebony, but easier to turn and much less brittle, this material is almost identical to ebony when turned. I recorded a couple of short videos for you including "Finials for Mortals". Tis the season for Christmas Ornaments.

Also wonderful for pen blanks, miniature bird house finials, etc.

Click Here for short video on African Blackwood (4 min)

Click Here info on ordering African Blackwood

Click Here to view "Finials for Mortals" (13 min)

Fancy Christmas Ornaments & Laser Cut Glue Up Kits How-To DVD set $29.99 (see below)

Sale Extended by Popular Request

Videos Ideal For Holiday Gifts:

Christmas Bundle - Ideal projects for Holiday giving:   5 Videos for $59.99 <<More>>

Includes these 5 individual full length HD videos:

Acorns Gone Wild – Turned Lidded Boxes – Fancy Christmas Ornaments – Laser Cut Glue-Up Kits - Kitchen Utensils From the Wood Lathe

Or, Select Individual Videos @ $14.99 each <<More>>

Acorns Gone Wild
Turned Lidded Boxes
Fancy Christmas Ornaments
Laser Cut Glue-Up Kits
Kitchen Utensils From the Wood Lathe
Turning Pens Made Easy
Pepper Mills Made Easy
Bottle Stoppers Quick and Easy
Spinning Tops

Bowl Turner Specials

Longworth Chucks <<More>>
10” - $129.99
12” - $139.99
14” - $175.99
16” - $179.99

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Turners Laser Guide - $69.99 <<More>>

Bowl Gouge Special 3 Pack $69.99 <<More>>
3/8”, ½”, 5/8” Savanna Brand U-flute HSS - $109 Retail Value.



Precision Sharpening Jig $109.99 + Free DVD <<More>>

CBN Wheels $159.99  Your Choice 80 grit or 180 grit. $299.99 for both. <<More>>

Universal Setting Jig - $29.99 (See Below)
Quad Setting Jig $19.99 (See Below)
Amazing Flat Compass $19.99 (See Below)



New Sharpening Set Up Jigs Available

The Amazing Flat Compass

Excellent for use with a Sharpie to mark out wet bowl blanks.

24" Diameter Capacity

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.



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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 -

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

Oct 13, 2015 Chattahoochee Turners Club Evening meeting.