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Re: Consumables vs skilled labor

TomD
I went to gold beach in OR one summer around 1990, a friend of mine there was friends with the local Myrtlewood turner in town. He had heard it was wrong to scrape bowls, so since I had pretty much mastered all the Richard Raffan and Del Stubbs moves, I was detailed off to give him a demo. I didn't have any of my own tools, and his lathe was a strange set-up. I don't recall how well I did in the difficult conditions, but do remember there were some points of tear-out in my hollowing, these would require more time and consumables, even though I had achieved a result that had an overall better finish. I don't really recall why I couldn't shear scrape it. The pro could crank these pieces up to some humming speed, wiggle his scraper around, hit it with sandpaper, he was done. This did require him to have very simplified forms, but basically people came to his shop, looked at what he had for sale. If they wanted a bowl, it was to have some myrtlewood to take back home with them, put some candy in, etc... It would probably have sold fewer bows if they were many of the things then popular, like super thin, detailed, too narrow in the base, etc... When it came to making pieces that looked like they could be packed out of snow, his method was certainly excellent.

I was certainly impressed to meet a guy who would even investigate the issue, and was very impressed with what I learned.

But the point is that it is pretty hard to dismiss what people know. A lot of it starts with the clients, and in the US and Canada, that doesn't leave you much to work with in many parts of the country. If one wants to do good work, choice of zipcode is pretty important.

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