Too Old To Learn


Now that I am approaching middle-age the thought crossed my mind that I might be getting too old to learn new stuff.  So, I went out and bought a new CNC which will require me to learn 1) a completely new operating system, Mach3, 2) and something called “G-code”.

About six months ago I bought a laser engraver which required me to also purchase and learn yet another graphics package, CorelDraw.  Well, I learned this rather complicated software program fairly quickly so I guess I made the right decision.  And just so we don’t get bored, sweet Janice and I enrolled in night school together.  We are learning how to be better leaders. As I move toward maturity with a still sharp mind I have decided that the way to keep it sharp is to exercise everything including this brain that God gave me.  What I am discovering at this stage is that I am often able to contribute wisdom to the class discussions which only comes from having lived a very full life. 

At one point in my business career I decided I needed more education.  I had been out of school for 22 years when I reenrolled.  With that much water under the bridge I thought I was facing an uphill battle.  I have to tell you that it was astoundingly easy to maintain a 4.0 at the college level for the next four years.  The real world does not grade on a curve; it is straight pass or fail!  I did all of the homework plus the extra credit, I took every test and every quiz plus the extra credit questions because the business world had taught me to prepare and to put in as whatever time was required regardless of family commitments and running a company.  My much younger classmates had not learned that lesson yet.

So, I don’t care how long you have lived, or how much you already know, I am encouraging you to never stop learning. Decide to learn to do hollow vessels, to use that skew like a pro, to sharpen your tools to a razors edge, to turn all manner of finials with that huge “WOW! Factor” just like Cindy Drozda. I would encourage you to sign up for classes, to view YouTube clips like there was going to be a quiz, then go out in your shop and practice what you’ve been learning and go find someone to share it with.  The world isn’t standing still, there are new technological developments, new methods that someone has discovered, and new techniques which make old tasks easier, so I contend that as long as you are on this side of the dirt you are never too old to learn, because wherever you go there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this message:

2 Timothy 1:7 ─ For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

An Apology is in order here. I was short on time and did a very poor job with this week's ad. The links didn't work, the description was unclear that it included a variety 6 pack of sanding belts and that shipping was only $6. I fixed the errors and I'll do better from now on. Thanks for your understanding.


This Week's Sale

Video Clip Here:


I have made arrangements with one of my suppliers for a limited number of Sand Devils with 6 assorted sanding belts at significant savings for you. The supply is limited, the price is good, more information at:






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 Blackowood

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)


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.


Ron Brown's Best © 2015 http://www.ronbrownsbest.com



Sweepstakes Results

Periodically, we have a drawing with entry forms available at many of our personal appearances.  I am pleased to announce the following three winners for a gift certificate for any merchandise for sale at www.ronbrownsbest.com


First Prize - $250 Gift Certificate

Janet Beard - Tx

Second Prize - $100 Gift Certificate

Thom Sturgill - Fl

Third Prize - $50 Gift Certificate

Rodney Apodoca – Tx

Thanks to all who entered. If you are a winner and have not been notified, please contact us to verify your entry at (770) 962-3821. We will provide you with details on how to claim your prize.

Ron and Janice 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 -

Oct 13, 2015 Chattahoochee Turners Club Evening meeting.

October 20, 2015 I will be the Guest on (www.ncwoodworker.net) for a chat on Oct 15 at 8:00 pm eastern time. 1 to 1-1/2 hours duration.