Imagine Having All The Help You Need

Imagine you are new to wood turning. You have heard about this magical place where if you need someone to help you select the tools you need so you don’t waste a lot of time and money on the wrong tools, or buy stuff you don’t need, someone trustworthy will appear almost instantly to help guide you with that. Imagine needing someone to teach you how to sharpen your new tools properly and then hearing “I can show you that!” Imagine having your own private mentor who will take time to show you the ropes and explain how and why things are usually done that way and will usually do it for free. Imagine having someone available to help you with all of your finishing questions. Then imagine the fun you could have turning wooden items after you have been tutored by all of these skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.

That magical place is exactly what woodturning clubs are all about. Their mission is to educate and advance the art and craft of turning wood. They do that through mentoring programs, meetings with demonstrations, occasional all day hands-on classes with recognized authorities in particular turning techniques, etc. There are always members eager to help new turners master various tools and techniques. All you have to do is show up and ask. If you have a sincere desire to learn, there will be someone to teach you. I would encourage you to find a woodturning club near you and attend the meeting. Here is a good place to look for a club.

Life is a lot like that. There are many different groups with a topical focus for whatever you are interested in learning more about. The Christian church is a perfect example of this kind of structure. In fact, when I organized The Gwinnett Woodworking Association which was founded 1998, I drew on my extensive church management background for the structure. The main club is a general interest woodworking club encompassing flat work including furniture, cabinets, decorative boxes, lawn and patio furniture and just about every other kind of woodworking you can think of. That group is akin to the weekly Big Church service on Sunday morning where everyone is invited and welcome and the message is typically of general interest. Then I structured “Sunday School” units designated SIGs (special interest groups) for folks with specific interests like scroll saw, wood turning and computer software used in our craft. There is one board of directors with SIG Chairmen over each sub group who report to the board. We are taught that even Jesus had 3 close apostles among the twelve. We are further exhorted to be “…apt to teach…” Today, this club boasts around 200 active members and hosts over 80 meetings each year.

If you are interested in this structure, you may download a free copy of my “How To Start And Run A Woodworking Club” from the free downloads section of my web site HERE. I do recommend videos on YouTube, however, with this caveat, just because someone posts a video doesn’t mean that they have a clue. I strongly urge you to filter what you see through a heavy layer of common sense. Some of those folks don’t have a lick of sense whatsoever and following their advice can get you hurt or worse. There is no substitute for learning in person from someone you know and trust who has been tried and proven that they know what they are doing, because wherever you go, there you are.

Here is my inspiration for this week’s message:
2Tim 2:24 KJV And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient,
Lev 26:8 KJV And five of you shall chase an hundred, and an hundred of you shall put ten thousand to flight: and your enemies shall fall before you by the sword.
Prov 18:16 KJV A man's gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men.


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More New Additions!

Getting ready for Christmas with new Laser Cut Kit designs.

 Lion Ornament

I am preparing to offer optional veneer packages which are glued between the Laser Cut Kit panel (maple) and the Core Block (black walnut). You can clearly see the picture frame effect on the Lion's Head Ornament using jet black and snow white veneer. The small cost of the veneer really upgrades your project.



The black parts are colored resin.

Two More New Designs Glued Up and Ready To Turn

Elephant 001 Bass 001


I will be speaking at the North Alabama Woodturner's Club in Boaz Alabama on July 23rd, 2016. Everyone is welcome there also. Contact me for details if you would like to attend.

We will also be in the Peachtree Woodworking Supply booth again this year at SWAT in Waco, Texas on August 26-28, 2016.


Update - Just Released

I have had a few minutes to work on some new Laser Cut Designs which have been posted on the web site. I think you will really like the Eagle Bust. This kit has four panels all the same - An American Bald Eagle from the neck up.

Since we just celebrated Independence Day, I decided to create a kit with the American Pledge of Allegiance on it. This is a 95% kit meaning the letters are cut deep enough not to go away when you turn the ornament.


I have had some requests for playing card suites also. This Kit has 4 panels, each one has a different suit, red heart, red diamond, black club and black spade.

With vacation season in full swing, we decided to do an ocean theme. This Kit has 4 panels, each one has a different item - Lighthouse, life saving ring, sailboat, ships anchor.

Coming Soon!

Sleigh, Reindeer, Deer Bust and perhaps a Nut Cracker Soldier. If there is something special you would like to see for the upcoming Christmas season, please drop me a note.

Also remember that I am offering to make finished Christmas Ornaments for you. More information here.



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