How Quickly We Forget

Memorial Day. All gave some - some gave all. Let us never forget those who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country and for us individually. We have brave men and women in harm's way right now. I encourage you to honor and appreciate their service and pray for their safety daily.

A recent discussion served as a reminder of something I warn others about constantly. If you are to be an effective communicator, teacher or demonstrator, you must be aware that methods and processes we routinely take for granted may seem difficult or even mysterious to others.

These days I focus mainly on turning topics using a wood lathe. However, for most of my life I did flat work including cabinets, tables, book cases, chests, trim work, etc. So, I own and use table saws, miter saws, planers, etc. regularly. I also have used computers and related software for decades now and currently run many different types of programs. I have had to learn them in order to produce many of the end products you see on my web site, most of which are produced in-house by me or a family member. These skills have taken a lifetime to acquire, but it is still all too easy to forget that not everyone shares this experience or is able to relate to my choice of analogies.

I have had several inquiries from folks wanting to know if it would be possible to supply ready cut core blocks 1-3/4” square for the laser cut kits. Cutting cores seems like a simple operation to me and it probably is for many of my customers. However, not everyone with a wood lathe has a commercial cabinet saw capable of milling thick black walnut cores of the correct dimensions. If someone has the equipment, they may not have the skill or confidence, or may just prefer to order them ready made. There may not be a convenient source of thick kiln dried black walnut hardwood in their area.

Understand that your unique set of skills and capabilities due to your particular life experiences often represent true value to other people. Often times many of the skills gained from your occupation also prove useful far beyond the workplace. Sometimes you follow, sometimes you lead. Regardless it is a fun journey we are on together. Often the less you assume the more effective you will be because wherever you go, there you are!

Here is my inspiration for this weeks message:

35 He has filled them with skill to do all kinds of work as engravers, designers, embroiderers in blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen, and weavers—all of them skilled workers and designers.

2 Then Moses summoned Bezalel and Oholiab and every skilled person to whom the LORD had given ability and who was willing to come and do the work.

AAW Symposium Coming Soon!

Don’t forget the AAW's 30th Annual Int'l Symposium in Atlanta, Georgia, June 9-12, 2016 at the
Atlanta Convention Center at AmericasMart. If you have never been to a National Symposium it is hard to describe the experience. If you are local and just want to visit the Instant Gallery Exhibit, or the huge vendor area, there is no charge to get into those areas which makes it perfect for the family including the kids and grandkids! Many of the vendors will have live demonstrations throughout the day. There is a ton of stuff to do in downtown Atlanta within walking distance. Sweet Janice and I hope to see you there. We have teamed up with the folks at Peachtree Woodworking Supply and will be in their booth.


Introducing "CORE BLOCKS"

Kiln dried black walnut 1-3/4" X 1-3/4" X 4-1/2"

These are the core blocks I use to make my own Laser Cut Christmas Ornaments you see below. They turn very dark when finish is applied so don't be fooled by the light color in this photo. I have sized them to work perfectly with the Gluing Guides sold at www.ronbrownsbest.com. So many folks have requested this item that I finally decided to make it available. Often there isn't a source for thick kiln dried lumber nearby, or there is no table saw available, etc. If this piece of the Christmas Ornament Pie has been holding you back, now is the time. I also have limited quanties of African Black Wood available for the finials. The holiday season is just around the corner. It isn't too early to begin getting ready. Don't forget art and craft fairs as fine hand crafted Christmas Ornaments are great sellers.

These are eligible for the 20% off sale currently in effect.

We are continuing our current sale through May 31st, 2016.

Brand New Sharpening System



Folks, we have finally completed the instructions for our Pro-Grind HSS lathe tool sharpening system. They have been posted on our web site and are available for free download HERE. Thanks to all you you who purchased the system on the woodworking show circuit this past season.

If you may be in the market for a sharpening system, or if you want to see something brand new with all of the set-up bells and whistles already included, check it out HERE. The Pro-Grind Sharpening System is eligible for the 20% off sale currently underway at www.ronbrownsbest.com



Just a quick reminder

This Week's Sale

Memorial Day Sale 2016

Memorial Day is Monday 30, 2016

In appreciation for all of those who served and gave all, we are having a site wide 20% off sale, your choice.

This sale is valid through Tuesday June 1st, 2016

Edge Lit Signs


I am also taking this opportunity to introduce a new product line. I made a bunch of them for my own use and got so many comments on these signs out on the show circuit that I decided to offer them to my loyal customers as well.

These signs are clear acrylic with very bright LED's along one edge which make the message glow like NEON!

Perfect for display on mantles, desks, shelves, wherever you celebrate service.

I think it is appropriate to offer seals for the major branches of military service for this Memorial Day introduction especially at 20% off regular retail prices.

Click HERE for more information

If you are interested in something special, I can probably make it just for you at very reasonable prices.

Drop me a note HERE

Recent examples designed for desktops:

A Few Still Left

Amazing Flat Compass $10 ea.

I have a limited supply of these handy items. I am discontinuing them for now. This is a close out price.

More info HERE


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