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David Witton

Dec 15, 2021
Victor, ID
My current lathe is a Sears Craftsman that I bought back in 1976 as part of my carpentry business - I lived in a small town in Northern California, and did a bit of work restoring Victorian homes. The lathe came in handy turning detail pieces like rosettes and finials. At the time, I didn't know anyone with a lathe, and had never used one, so learning was by trial and error - mostly error. Work led me in other directions, and the lathe sat idle except when I needed a turning for a piece of furniture. Recently I visited a friend who turns bowls, and I thought I'd give that a try. I was amazed at the wealth of information that's available on the web - now I know how it's supposed to be done! I live in far eastern Idaho where there's quite a bit of aspen available, although I'm envious of those who live where there's a better variety of wood available. I'm just about to upgrade to a better lathe, thinking about the Laguna 1216, and looking forward to learning lots from y'all.