June 13, 2019
I recently received my first Turner's Edge bowl gouge from Robust. I was made aware of its development several months ago when Brent asked me to test some gouges for durability of the sharpened edge and report back to him with my findings.
As expected, Brent's gouge did not disappoint! It is everything I hoped it would be
Upon opening the package I found the gouge in a nice stiff plastic sleeve. I immediately noticed the grind was a double bevel. Me, being a "sharpening guy", grabbed my angle gauge" and checked the angles of the bevels. The primary bevel (nearest the cutting edge) was close to 60 degrees and the secondary bevel, also referred to as the "Relief bevel" was about 50 degrees. The combination of the two bevels are very suitable to many types of turnings. I will explain why:
The angle where the two planes meet is 170 degrees, a very obtuse angle, which minimizes any risk that it would cause any damage to the wood. Compare this to a single beveled gouge with the very popular 60 degree grind and the angle where the bevel meets the shaft is 120 degrees, which can leave trail marks on the wood as the tool is guided across the surface.
If one prefers a single bevel, it would take only a few minutes to re-grind the gouge, using a jig to position the tool at the preferred angle.
I was pleased to find that the gouge has a very nice parabolic flute which lends itself well to a beautiful "Irish" grind and you won't get the annoying little dips in the edges near the tip. The Turner's Edge gouges, with an Irish grind, as it is supplied with, is very universal and can be used very efficiently for:
March 28, 2019
I just finished putting together five Laser Depth Finders (and sold two of them already!) and I entered new photos and descriptions on the web site. And added them to the shopping cart!! I am operating with the big boys now- I used to ask people to mail me a check, but those days are gone. What is the world coming to?
These depth finders are a must if you strive to produce quality turnings without any worry about going through the bottom.
$105 with free shipping
Worked with a new turner all-day yesterday introducing him to sharpening gouges, preparing bowl blanks, and turning bowls with gouges. It was a lot for one day, but we will meet again.
This is his second bowl ever!
NOTE: I couldn't figure out how to rotate this photo. Just lean your head to the left and the orientation will be perfect!
I think I am going to turn some wooden eggs for Easter. Last year I turned some hollow eggs from two contrasting pieces of wood and threaded the two halves together so you could put a keepsake inside. An enjoyable little project
March 19, 2019
Just received another order of Tru N Dress E Aluminum bodies and 1/2 ct diamond shafts. A machine shop shortens and threads each one. Time to get back on the shop and do some assembly. Just purchased fleece material so we can sew up some nice draw-string bags for the dressers.
Sent out some orders this morning and had to do a little time in the office catching up on some paper work.
Did a few updates to the web site too.
Nothing much out of the ordinary today to report.
March 15, 2019
I just returned from performing a sharpening demo for the NE FL Woodturners, in Jacksonville, and I installed FOUR American Beauty lathes for customers this week!
These installations were in Elkton (near St. Augustine), Sebring, Lake Placid and Eustis. I drove almost 900 miles in four days, but I got a lot done.
Now I should have some time to try out my new "Visulazer" I purchased from Trent Bosch about a month ago. All I've had time to do thus far with it is to hook it up and turn it on. I also machined an adapter so I could mount it on my Kobra hollowing system. I made a couple of extras for my friends: Rudy Lopez and Mark Wood so they can mount theirs to their Kobra systems.
I actually have four different hollowing systems so I got additional mounts from Trent. Now I can easily move the Visualizer from one to the other with ease. Trent makes great stuff and is one of the best people in our industry to deal with. Thanks Trent!
March 4, 2019
The Evolution sharpening system is back in-stock!
I have a limited supply of both models of Tru N Dress systems and more are on order.
In January, I attended the Florida Woodturning Symposium (FWS) (www.floridawoodturningsymposium.com) where I performed three demos:
--Turning a Natural Edge Bowl
--Turning a Calabash-style Bowl
--Sharpening and Grinder Tune-Up
NOTE: If you think your clubs or symposiums would be interested in any or all of these demos, please have them contact me.
I also had a booth in the exhibit area at FWS where Brent English, from Robust Tools, LLC, provided wonderful and much needed support. We showed an American Beauty lathe, a wide variety of the, extremely popular, Robust tool rests and accessories and all of my products.
I believe that adding a Robust tool rest is the greatest improvement you can make to any lathe!
The week of February 25th through March 1st, I taught a class at the Florida School of Woodwork, (www.schoolofwoodwork.com), in Tampa on "Introduction to Woodturning". Five students attended and each went home with several bowls they turned and smiles on their faces.
January 14, 2019
Dear fellow woodturners:
Thanks to a nice fall/winter run on things (and my poor planning) I am out of stock on a few products as follows:
- Evolution Sharpening Systems
- Tru N Dress Grand Slam
- Laser Depth Finders
The machine shop took a long holiday break and got back running on January 7th. Although I am not their only, and certainly not their largest customer, I hope to have some much needed parts soon. Thank you for your patience!
I just returned from a nice trip to Punta Gorda, FL where I judged over 100 woodturning entries at the Florida Wood Art Expo and performed a 1/2-day demo on turning natural edge bowls.
From Punta Gorda, I traveled to Tampa, FL to teach a 2-day class on turning bowls at The Florida School of Woodwork. I had five students, from as far away as Costa Rica! Each came away with a few bowls and a greater knowledge of turning.
The Director, Kate Swann, continues to put together quite a nice schedule of wood working and woodturning classes by numerous teachers, many of whom you are probably familiar with.