How To Become An Overnight Success


It takes time.  Although it seems like an obvious contradiction, there is a method to my madness.  There is always a lot going on behind the scenes just before the end result.

My family got an exceptionally early start on a way to church this past Sunday morning as several of us gathered at the local IHOP for an early breakfast.  Consequently, we arrived at church for the early service almost an hour before it was to begin.  Thinking that we would have some quiet time to talk amongst ourselves while everybody else arrived, boy was I in for a surprise.  There were already a few dozen cars in the parking lot.  As we entered the building the musicians were going full blast warming up for the day’s activities.  We thoroughly enjoyed this unexpected “private concert” which got me to thinking exactly why these folks always seem to be “instantly on” during the service.  Preparation, practice, purpose.

I have been privileged to do presentations at three different local turning clubs over the last six weeks.  I’m sure that to the members it seems like I show up give a two hour demonstration and go home.  Mission accomplished no big deal.  What they don’t see is all the preparation that must be done in order to get ready for a two-hour meeting.  Lathe tools get cleaned, sharpened and organized.  Special tools are selected according to the topic of the demonstration.  Stock must be prepared and often cut to size and sometimes glued up in advance.  All of the miscellaneous items must be prepared and packed; sandpaper, drill chucks, hollowing devices, glue, and 1 million other things which must be included for an effective demonstration. A logical sequence must be developed in order to present the topic so that it flows and makes sense to turners of all skill levels.

And then there are the samples.  Since a picture is worth 1000 words and a real-life example is worth 1000 pictures, I always try to have several finished examples of what I’m demonstrating.  These have to be gathered and safely packed and for transport and sometimes new samples made especially for this presentation.  Upon arrival they have to be organized and properly displayed so they are available for inspection by the audience.  After all of this organization, selection and careful packing, things have to get loaded in the vehicle for transport to a location which is often several hours away and usually involves big-city rush-hour traffic.  After the demonstration is complete the process occurs in reverse as everything needs to be offloaded and put away after that late night drive home.

It is not unusual for a two-hour demonstration to actually involve eight to twelve hours of prep and driving time.  And let’s not forget that in order to make all this possible, I had to learn and develop the methods and techniques used to make a particular project or process.  This is the type of preparation needed by everyone who stands in front of you at a meeting or symposium who gives an effective demonstration.  If they have prepared fully and effectively it is supposed to appear almost effortless; it is anything but.

This process works exactly the same in your own life.  You have a purpose.  You prepare your equipment, your stock and your working environment.  And then you practice, often while you are making various projects quite successfully.  Look back where you were a year ago, two years ago, five years ago.  Look how far you’ve come from the beginning and look how short the time seems now that you have developed the skills.  Or, if you’re just starting out, this process will work for you as well. Let us remember that life is a journey not a destination and that our greatest accomplishments are often still in the future.  Because, wherever you go there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this message:

Habakkuk 2:1-4 Message Bible

1 What's God going to say to my questions? I'm braced for the worst. I'll climb to the lookout tower and scan the horizon. I'll wait to see what God says, how he'll answer my complaint. 2 And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run. 3 This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming. It aches for the coming - it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time. 4 "Look at that man, bloated by self-importance - full of himself but soul-empty. But the person in right standing before God through loyal and steady believing is fully alive, really alive.

The response to our latest efforts to let everyone know about the new Laser Cut Kits for Christmas Ornaments has been literally overwhelming. We are covered up in requests and orders. I have decided to continue this sale another week. I have several new designs including Holly. I don't yet have turned examples for you, but will post photos when I do. You can see most of the panels below.


Tim Yoder From Popular Woodturning

Turns a Laser Cut Christmas Tree Ornament

You Tube Screen Grab

Tim Yoder S2-Ep13

Tim Yoder, Star of the Popular Woodworking Magazine sponsored program “Woodturning With Tim Yoder” and a new friend, just released an episode featuring one of my Laser Cut Christmas Tree Kits. Tim will use one of my Laser Cut Christmas Ornament Kits and turns an ornament for you. If you don’t currently receive the email notifications and would like to, here is the link to subscribe:


Announcing Even More New Designs:


Lighthouse - Now in White

Nativity Scene

Nativity Scene





Single Cross

Cross Single



Green and red acrylic in curly maple panels


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.


Christmas Tree

This Week's Sale Items:

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

2) CBN Wheel Sale - Save 31% to 38%

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.


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

20% to 50% Off Retail*


You Tube 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



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 Backwood

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)





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 -

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.

Thanks to everyone who posted Happy Birthday wishes on Face Book. Too many to respond to each one, but know I appreciate your thoughts.