Courage + Wisdom + Understanding = Success


Using these three attributes together is what enables us to produce such phenomenally beautiful pieces of turned art out of little more than firewood. 


If you have been turning for any length of time at all, you have probably spent time on the YouTube channel watching Woodturning videos.  While some are excellent, others are just scary.  I have found many examples of turners with plenty of courage, but without wisdom or understanding.  One fellow in particular was trying to demonstrate why roughing gouges should not be used to turn bowl blanks.  So, live on camera he got that almighty catch which resulted in two very smashed and bloody fingers requiring a trip to the hospital.  This fellow exhibited plenty of courage and understanding, but zero wisdom. As many of you know, I live in the southeastern United States.  Some of the most famous last words in this area are “Hey Bubba, watch this!”


Some of the projects we undertake as Turners can require large amounts of courage in order to produce those incredible finished works of art, many of which are destined for the holiday dinner table.  I’m thinking of larger platters, large salad bowls and larger hollow vessels in particular.  The methods and techniques needed to safely turn these items require more thoughtfulness and contemplation than smaller items and most small spindle projects, i.e. wisdom and understanding.  With the holidays quickly approaching many of us will be turning larger salad bowls and larger platters for use at family gatherings.  When you chuck up a platter blank 15 7/8 inches in diameter, or larger, which may not be centered and balanced, it takes a certain amount of courage to fire up that lathe. 

Wisdom says that you wear all of the safety gear and stay out of the line of fire should something go wrong.  And then, of course, there’s the ever present possibility of a catch.  When you are turning a bottle stopper catches are just usually annoying while catches on a bowl or platter of this size may have more serious consequences.  Understanding will allow us to think before we touch tool to wood and use a more deliberate approach.  The rewards of spending the extra time thinking about what we’re doing are usually tremendous.  As we apply our oil finish to that newly turned salad bowl and enjoy the beauty God built into it, we realize the impact it will have on the folks we made it for. Someone once remarked “No one remembers how quickly you did the job, but everyone remembers how well you did the job.” It’s easy to see why we picked Woodturning as our hobby of choice, because wherever you go there you are.


Here is my inspiration for this message:

Proverbs 3 ESV -  13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, 14 for the gain from her is better than gain from silver and her profit better than gold. 15 She is more precious than jewels, and nothing you desire can compare with her.

Numbers 13 ESV - 17 And Moses sent them to spy out the land of Canaan. . .20 And what the land is, whether it be fat or lean, whether there be wood therein, or not. And be ye of good courage, and bring of the fruit of the land. . .



Tim Yoder, Star of the Popular Woodworking Magazine sponsored program “Woodturning With Tim Yoder” will be featuring one of my products on the next episode. Tim will use one of my Laser Cut Christmas Ornament Kits and will turn an ornament for you including the finial, I think, I haven’t see the video yet. It should be released on YouTube.com on Friday, Oct. 23, 2015. If you don’t currently receive the email notifications and would like to, here is the link:



This Week's Sale Items:

1) Laser Cut Kits + African Blackwood + DVD Special 5 Pack Combo Offer  - Save 43% off retail

2) CBN Wheel Sale - Save 31% to 38% (info on web site)

Laser Kit description:

I have added five more new patterns, Angel, Snowman, Nativity Scene, Single Cross and Lighthouse. Pick any 5 kits (mix and match) get 5 African Blackwood blanks for the icicles and a Free DVD in this combo offer and save 43% off the individual retail prices. If you need more than 5 kits, order them here.

More Kits Here

Announcing Price Increase:

Due to the overwhelming demand for these Laser Cut Kits, we are forced to increase the retail selling price to $29.99 each effective November 1st, 2015. Order now to avoid the price increase.

The Response to our Laser Cut Kits has been overwhelming! We are going to continue this sale for a while longer even though the laser is glowing a dull red from over use.

Tim Yoder will has devoted a whole show using one of these kits. It will be released Fri Oct. 22, 2015


20% to 50% Off Retail*



YouTube Video Clip Here


Hello friends. Well it’s early October and we have a few turning symposiums under our belt now after we introduced our new kits. The response we have received to our new laser cut glue up Line has been really fantastic. With the Christmas season quickly approaching I’ve decided to go all out and extend a special offer.

Imagine the reaction you’re going to get from dear friends and relatives when you present them with these extraordinary Christmas ornaments this year. The most popular pattern by far has been the butterfly and I can certainly see why. Followed closely behind that is a Christmas tree which really pops with the Gold star and the bright green acrylic Christmas tree.

Jesus Christ is the reason for the season and you might wish to order a single cross or a triple cross like I have here. By popular request I have just introduced a single cross also.

And of course popular year-round is anything with a heart. And just in case you would actually like to make something other than a Christmas ornament here are a couple of examples of hollow forms using these exact laser cut kits. You can probably imagine the OH’s and Ah’s that I get when folks see these two pieces.

The Fleur-de-lis is an astoundingly popular kit since this pattern is a New Orleans Saints football logo, used as the Boy Scout logo, is also popular with folks of the Catholic persuasion and numerous other groups.

We are currently offering a total of about 10 different designs so I would encourage you to make this Christmas special was something that has just hit the market, something you can’t get anywhere else, and something which will make your gift that much more special and memorable.

I invite you to consider this week’s sale prices as there will never be a better time to take advantage of these fantastic new kits from Ron Brown’s Best with savings of up 50% off regular prices.

Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and God’s Blessings this Christmas Season.

* 50% off retail selling price is based on a quantity purchase.

Significant savings are still offered on lesser quantities.

More Info Here

Announcing Even More New Designs:


Nativity Scene



Single Cross

I have the proofs made and they are beautiful. I will post pics on the web site as soon as I can turn a sample ornament of each design. The Nativity scene is cherry in a maple panel.


African Blackwood Sale

Perfect for Christmas Ornament Finials - Icicles

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

Look for these items in the New Products Review section of the current issue of Woodturning Magazine

Oct 2015

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






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 -

Northwest Georgia Woodturners Association in Rome, Georgia Thursday Oct 22, 2015. Meeting time is 6:00-8:00 pm at Rome Floyd Recreation Dept., Etowah Park Senior Citizen Center, 1325 Kingston Hwy, Rome, GA. If you wish to attend, contact Charlie Self, 706-346-3100 cself@2018att.net for more information.

C3 Church Lawrenceville, Georgia Party on The Pavement Festival. October 30, 2015 5pm to 9pm. We will be retail vendors with finished goods for sale at a pre-Holloween party Friday evening. I will have a lathe and will be making tops for the kiddies. We will have miscellaneous finished turned items for sale.