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Discussion in 'Woodturning Discussion Forum' started by Emiliano Achaval, Nov 22, 2017.

  1. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    When I bought my first lathe, not surprisingly I was launching a lot of pieces of wood into near-orbital trajectories and getting increasingly frustrated. I think that I can still see the finger impressions in the tool handles because I was choking them so tightly. I may have even invented some new words that weren't very nice.

    The folks at the local Rockler's Hardware where I bought the lathe kept urging me to attend a meeting of the local turning club. My thought at the time was that I needed to get better at turning first because they wouldn't want someone as bad as me hanging around a bunch of experts. But, after a few more months of misery I decided to attend a meeting to see what they were all about.

    The things that I experienced were simply mind boggling. There were all these amazing things on the show and tell table. The most amazing was a wearable hat that one of the members had turned. Then the demonstrator was Jean-François Escoulen from France who demonstrated his signature thin whimsical multi-axis turnings.

    Before the meeting was over I had signed up to become a member. I found out about the AAW, but at that moment I wasn't interested because i mistakenly assumed it was for the "experts".

    A few months later I volunteered to be the newsletter editor and webmaster and was informed that I needed to be an AAW member. Suddenly, it was another revelation about all the exciting things going on in the world of woodturning.

    Then I heard about this new online forum that was strictly about woodturning called the AAW Forum that had started about the same time that I was bitten by the turning bug. Before I knew it, I was totally immersed in this strange new obsession.

    I can understand that woodturning isn't for everyone. It's a good thing that there's a wide variety of interests. Some people would rather hit a little dimpled ball with a a club or jump out of airplanes. I flew airplanes, but never understood why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good one. :D

    I think that I may have drifted off topic a bit. :D

    I think that we usually get the lathe (or golf clubs or parachute) that we really want and the "justification" is just salve to ease the pain in the back pocket whether it's for woodturning or something less important.
     
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  2. RichColvin

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    Bill,

    I am a proud ex-Army paratrooper. Greatly prefer to jump over landing! Still, 20 years later when flying commercially, I would prefer to jump than deal with all that mess. Get out of the plane door and get on with business.

    When I was a cadet, I had a friend who was with us when we landed at Ft. Benning, GA. His knuckles were white, gripping the armrests. I asked him how a paratrooper with 5 jumps could be so scared. He said to me, "I've never landed in a plane."

    Kind regards,
    Rich
     
  3. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    That must be an old paratrooper joke. :D

    One of my former airplane partners used to jump out of planes. Of course, he figured that I was crazy because I did a bit of aerobatic flying so I had to wear a parachute, but never used it. My aerobatic flying ended when I heard that the plane crashed after a student and instructor both jumped out.
     
  4. Hy Tran

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    It depends on your control volume. The greatest density of AAW members is in my garage shop when I'm in it: I define my control volume as the width of my small lathe (have to include the lathe in the control volume), back two feet, from floor to about 175 cm above the floor (accounting for my foot mat, shoes, and headgear). I get a density of 1.54 AAW members per cubic meter.

    That said: Emiliano, go for it! If (when?) I make it out to Hawaii, I'll take extra time to take a lesson from you!

    Hy
     
  5. Bill Boehme

    Bill Boehme Administrator Staff Member

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    Sometimes I feel like a really dense woodturner when I turn a funnel. :D
     
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  6. William Rogers

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    Curtis, you hit the woodturners lottery. What a bargin
     
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  7. Mike Johnson

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    Those lathe package deals are the way to go when the opportunity presents itself.
    You can usually peddle the duplicate tools off and pay for the acquisition.
     
  8. John Torchick

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    I'm far from an expert but I did stay at Holiday Inn Express. I turned for a while and joined a local club. The club has been invaluable in learning basics and new techniques for turnings. I finally joined AAW and should have done it a long time ago. Tier magazine is well worth the membership fee. The AAW website has a lot of information for members.
    My father was a flight engineer in the South Pacific on C-47s. When we used to fly on business, he said that takeoff was actually the most dangerous. Landing, you could always glide. Plus.....he said ANY landing that you walked away from was a good landing.
     
  9. RichColvin

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    Yeah, that’s what I always said. Pilots added, “... and you can reuse the plane.”

    Rich
     

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