Turning Archive 2004

Are key chains worth the effort?

Dave Smith, Longview, WA
>I have been invited to display my wares at the local woodcarvers show the first weekend of October. I was told I could set up my mini lathe if I wanted do some turning. I am considering ordering some key chain kits to turn during the show. An other turner will be turning pens so I thought I would do some thing different. I could turn bottle stoppers but they have not been in high demand at the few sales I have done. Should I stick to the basic key chains? Do the tooth pick holder or whistle ones sell better?

The other turner is Frank Lynn from Kelso, WA. He is an interesting fellow as he only uses scrapers which he makes from planer blades. He advertises his tools in the American Woodturner magazine. Frank told me he doesn't know how to use any other tools. I guess I could turn pens next to him using a spindle master and skew for a contrast in methods.

Dave Smith

Bogged down in flat work in Longview, WA.

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