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Coffee time – a roundup of gifts for wood turners

We wood turners spend a considerable amount of time in our sheds. Other than our tools and materials, our needs are pretty simple – clothes, coffee, and somewhere to keep an eye on the time. Oddly enough, that’s precisely what I found at this online store, which I think is based in Hawaii. I can’t vouch for the merchandise, but the ideas gave me a chuckle. Read more

Multi-axis Turning: The Making of Kilkea

The name Kilkea is taken from the hometown of Ernest Shackleton, an Anglo-Irish explorer. I have used references to Antarctic explorers before to name some of my other pieces; it is a connection to an interest of mine. Shackleton’s story is well worth reading.  It is also the name I gave to one of my most challenging pieces of multi-axis turning.   In this article, which I wrote for American Woodturner, I describe the stages I went through to create an award-winning piece. Read more

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