You Don't Need A Flashlight In The Daytime

I find encouragement and inspiration in many different places and situations. Sometimes a harmless phrase or innocuous comment will leap out at me. We all like being around like minded individuals and some of us are uncomfortable around strangers. A few of us have a special gift in that we “never meet a stranger”, and are able to make friends virtually anywhere anytime.

The skills we are developing for turning wood and other materials on a lathe are not rocket science once you understand the process, but easily astound and amaze folks who don’t turn. When you are in a room full of other turners, it is pretty easy to be intimidated by someone else’s work and skill. Your individual light may not seem to shine that brightly. However, put yourself in a different situation with non-turners like your own workshop with a neighbor, or friend or perhaps a craft fair, flea market, home show, or an exhibition of some kind and you become the veritable Wizard Of Oz so to speak. Now you are the one sucking all of the oxygen out of the room. Your light is shining very brightly.

Everyone has their very own set of gifts and skills. We have chosen to practice and develop ours in the area of turning and lathe work. On this Holiday weekend, I would encourage you to realize that sometimes other folks are sent to answer your prayers and requests. Sometimes you are sent to answer someone else’s prayers. Whether you are the most talented person in the room or not, you are there for a reason. Your light will shine all the more brightly the greater the darkness. Have a great Holiday Weekend wherever you are in this world because wherever you go, there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this message:
Matt 5:15-16 NIV
15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Phil 2:15 The Message Bible
15 so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.


We are continuing our current sale through Tuesday June 1st, 2016.

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.


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