general is fun, functional, relaxing and can be
profitable. Wood turning is the fastest growing
segment of woodworking. With a society intently
focused on tech gadgets, computers, smart
phones, tablets, etc. we have a huge vacuum in
the tactile arena. Our young people today tend
not to grow up making things with their hands,
but rather designing them on a computer using
nothing more than their fingertips.
At the woodworking
show in West Springfield, Massachusetts this
past week, I heard the same comments I always
hear wherever I go, ďI havenít turned since high
school and Iíve always wanted to get back to
turning. I enjoyed it so much.Ē We turn wood
because it is just flat fun to do. And when you
are finished, you have something unique that you
created with your own hands either as a gift or
as an item to be treasured by someone else for
purchase often for many years.
The number one
category of lathe turned item is pens. Right
behind it is kitchenware, bowls, plates,
platters, spoons and spatulas, salt and pepper
mills and shakers right down to rolling pins.
Who doesnít enjoy receiving a handmade item they
can use and enjoy every day? I try to never be
without a writing instrument made by some member
of my family. My son Chris has become expert at
casting mixed media turning blanks from pen
blanks and bottle stopper blanks to bowl and
vase blanks. I take pride in each and every one
he creates. They are fun.
I would encourage
you to keep it simple, easy and entertaining for
anyone you are introducing to the craft of
turning wood. If they decide to go deeper into
the craft later, then they can tackle the
challenging stuff. For now, keep it on the fun
side. Great fun projects include pens, spinning
tops, bottle stoppers, turned lidded boxes,
acorns, seam rippers, pepper mills along with
salt and pepper shakers, miniature bird houses,
small vases, weed pots, pendants, turned ear
rings, bangles, baby rattles, spoons and
spatulas, plates platters and bowls. Remember
this stuff grows on trees!
We are in
Columbus, Ohio this week and arrived without
incident Iím glad to report. We look forward to
seeing our friends once again and to showing you
all of the new gadgets and items we brought for
this time around because wherever you go, there
you are. Due to some technical glitch I canít
seem to resolve, I am not able to retrieve my
voice messages from the office phone. I am
getting my emails so that is the best way to
contact me. I apologize for any inconvenience
with the phone messages.
this week is partly scripture and partly song.
1 To every thing
there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven: Turn, turn, turn.
This Week's Sale
Save 33% This
If you are able to visit us
at the Woodworking Show, we have added
approximately 100 new turning items in our booth
this year. I have finished samples of the Laser
Cut Kits, etc. I have samples of Edge Lit Signs
I will be adding to the line in May 2016
I would like to
announce that this year for the first time, Ron
Brownís Best, LLC will have a monthly sweepstakes
drawing specifically for visitors at the various
shows. You will have to enter at the show in our
booth. Ask Sweet Janice for an entry form. First
Prize is a $250 Gift Certificate for anything on our
web site (we will have over 50 new items by the end
of the show season). Second Prize is a $100 Gift
Certificate for anything on our web site. Third
Prize is a $50 Gift Certificate for anything on our
web site. You need not be present to win. We will
have different drawings for January, February, March
and April. We will announce the winners on the web
site and in one of the following newsletters.
As always there are
tons of free stuff in the FreeDownloads section.
Wishing you a Happy, Prosperous and Blessed New
Ron, Janice & Chris
We will be leaving our Internet business in capable
hands as we hit the road for 13 weeks beginning
January 8th in Baltimore Maryland.
Here is a link to The Woodworking Shows schedule
The Detroit, MI show
has been replaced with Chantilly, VA.
have noticed that some items have disappeared from
www.ronbrownsbest.com, in the last week or so. I
hate to admit it, but we cannot keep up with the
demand for certain items and since it is the show
season, we had to remove them temporarily. We will
re-list those items and many more when we can fill
your orders in a timely manner.