John K Jordan
I posted earlier about a new turner who turned her first wand after her third time at the lathe: http://www.woodcentral.com/woodworking/forum/turning.pl/md/read/id/502483/sbj/her-third-lesson-first-wand/
Her friend Kristina was there at the time and decided she wanted to try one. This was Kristina's fourth project at the lathe. She too quickly learned the one-handed skew technique with the left-hand steady rest. This was her first try, made from cherry. Her design has four "distressed" texture areas, made by stabbing at the spinning wood with a sharp point tool, each outlined by a v-groove with a friction-burned line.
She was excited to finish it and immediately stated trying to cast spells on me, probably intended to do bodily harm - fortunately she is learning woodturning faster than spell casting!
Now she wants to come back and make another one for a gift. Then she wants to learn to make a lidded box, then a hand-bell ornament, then a...
Watch out if she ever gets her own lathe.
BTW, Kristina said the skew chisel was a lot easier to use than that complicated spindle gouge.
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- Another student makes her first wand *PIC*