opportunities, forced revelations,
screw-ups, whatever you call them, they
are a fact of life especially if you are
a woodturner. As with many things, how
you deal with them says a lot.
Let’s consider, hypothetically, the
moment when you come through the bottom
of a bowl you have been working on all
morning. The first thing to remember is
that you get to choose how you are going
to react. You could fly off the handle
and blow up. You could swear and punch
the wall. You could throw something.
That is how a five year old who needs a
spanking would react. Or, you
could remember that you are a rational
adult, able to control your reactions to
I was at my local woodturning club
enjoying a demonstration by a very well
known turner in our area, Frank Bowers.
Frank was demonstrating his method for
making of a hollow vessel when in front
of God and fifty members, he came right
through the side. Frank laughed and said
that he had planned it all along and
wanted to show us how to recover from a
common turning mistake. We all knew he
was lying, but enjoyed his calm humorous
demeanor. I took away an important
lesson that day. A mistake may not be
what I had planned, but it could be a
good opportunity to grow and make the
best of a potentially embarrassing
situation. Frank taught me something
valuable that day.
Choose how you will react to these
kinds of mistakes in advance and decide
on your course of action before the
mistake is made. Tell yourself “I will
take a deep breath and calmly consider
my next move. I will sit down and think
about how to fix it. I’m smart. I can do
this.” For me personally I shout
“Hallelujah!!! Another design
opportunity. Let’s see what I’ll make
now!!!” Otherwise, I could possibly
choose one of the other reactions that I
would rather avoid.
Mistakes are going to happen in
turning wood, and in most other areas of
our lives too. It has been said many
times that you can’t control everything,
all you can do is control how you choose
to react to them. I hope you had a
wonderful time celebrating our countries
Independence Day because, wherever you
go, there you are.
Here is my inspiration for this
Ps 30:5 KJV
For his anger endureth but a moment; in
his favour is life: weeping may endure
for a night, but joy cometh in the
Ps 37:8 [KJV
Cease from anger, and forsake wrath:
fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.
Ephesians 4:31 NIV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and
anger, brawling and slander, along with
every form of malice.
I have will be speaking
at The Gwinnett Woodworkers Association
Saturday Morning meeting on July 9th,
2016. My topic is Tips, Tricks and
Secrets for selling your hand-made craft
items. The meeting runs from 8am to
9:30am and is held at Peachtree
Woodworking Supply in Atlanta, Georgia.
Everyone is welcome. If you wish to sell
craft items even if you are not a turner
or woodworker, you will still benefit
from this presentation. Invite someone
I will also be speaking
at the North Alabama Woodturners Club in
Boaz Alabama on July 23rd, 2016.
Everyone is welcome there also. Contact
me for details if you would like to
We will also be in the
Peachtree Woodworking Supply booth again
this year at SWAT in Waco, Texas on
August 26-28, 2016.