Scenes from the first Resin & Wood workshop at McKenzie Creek. I was chuffed that the participants made time and took long journeys to join Penny and I for some personalised training. Some very happy chappies spent two days turning and resining. I too had a most enjoyable time. Read more
A peek at a new project I have been working on.
These plans feature the measurements used by Brendan when using the Crushgrind mechanism. If you’d like to know more about making a grinder, make sure you check out The Ultimate Guide to Making a Grinder, where you’ll find videos, tools and step-by-step instructions. If you’re looking for plans for the tools Brendan has made himself, check out the tools page. Read more
Have you tried to fold your bandsaw blades and failed? Have you wondered how it is done? I taught Matt how to do it and now he shows you.
I‘ve made hundreds of Grinders using the Crushgrind mechanism. It’s taken me years and years to perfect my techniques, and in the You Turn spirit of sharing, I’ve decided to show one being turned from start to finish. Why? Because your grinder will make an outstanding gift, is capable of being used daily for years and years, and can be a great expression of your own wood turning ideas. Read more
Getting the right timber to start a project is very important to how it turns out. In Episode 9 of A Minute of BS I talk about my favourite timber: Redgum or (to save any confusion) Eucalyptus Camaldulensis. This is a great wood once it’s finished, but not the easiest to work with. I use it a lot, not only because of its local abundance, as this story will show, but because it speaks to me and informs what I make from it. I’d love to know more about what timbers you like to work with in your part of the world, and why. Read more
I was given a huge Redgum that had fallen in a paddock. This is the full story of how we loaded the logs onto the tray of a truck to transport them to a mill. There is also footage of the logs being sawn at the mill and the final stack of timber.
This is a simple but effective method I use to mark a specific diameter onto a turning project.