Turning Archive

Response To:
My head IS spinning...... ()

Barry Irby
You have gotten some wonderful and helpful advice and also overwhelming. Among the best of it is to find a mentor or club to attend and get some hands on experience and guidance. An hour or two with a good instructor will save you weeks of frustration.

About 16 years ago my son and I went to Arrowmont and took a class from David Ellsworth. I was using one his gouges completely wrong. Had a death grip on it. David came over, took it from me, reoriented it, held it with just finger tips and made a beautiful cut. It was like the difference between a tractor and a sports car. That minute was worth the whole class.

All the tools recommended re good ones, but they all have some sort of learning curve. Learn to enjoy them.

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