new and need help please

new and need help please

Post by Ken Dav » Mon, 08 May 2000 04:00:00



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I'm new to turning and can use all the help I can get. I live in
Connecticut. Does anyone know where I can find wood supplies,
classes, clubs, etc.?
Also is there a woodturning website?
I bought a full size Jet which I like. I also bought a set of Sorby's.
Another question: do chisels normally need to be sharpened straight from
the
box. They feel sharp but don't seem to cut easily.
Ron

 
 
 

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Hello Ron,

Welcome to woodturning. To answer your last question first, I've never bought a
turning tool that was really sharp right out of the box. They always need
sharpening, and personally shaping. I don't like the grind of most new tools...
As a new turner, you likely will have as much trouble with sharpening your tools
and the rest of us did when we started out, so expect a learning curve.

Now, to your first group of questions, I'm going to recommend that you visit my
More Woodturning web site: <http://www.skagit.com/woodturning>. I hate to make
this a commercial, but there is a lot of woodturning information there, plus a
list of suppliers, a list of places to learn woodturning, and a list of links to
other woodturning sites. If you go to the AAW site from my links page, you can
find a list of the AAW woodturning clubs and locate the closest one to you. Then
try to attend one of their meetings and perhaps even join. I personally
belong to two AAW clubs. There are a number of wood suppliers in the list
of suppliers at my web site.

Good Luck,

Fred Holder
<http://www.skagit.com/woodturning>


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>I'm new to turning and can use all the help I can get. I live in
>Connecticut. Does anyone know where I can find wood supplies,
>classes, clubs, etc.?
>Also is there a woodturning website?
>I bought a full size Jet which I like. I also bought a set of Sorby's.
>Another question: do chisels normally need to be sharpened straight from
>the
>box. They feel sharp but don't seem to cut easily.
>Ron


 
 
 

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I'm sure you'll get lots of responses.  Watch for one from Fred Holder.
He's very nice, likes to help newbies, and knows his stuff.  He'll
probably echo some of what follows, but here goes.

The Sorby kit, although good tools, might not be exactly what you need.
It depends on what type(s) of turning you want to do.  Yes, they all
will need to be sharpened.  If you haven't already, get a GOOD grinder
(read: no vibration) with some white aluminum oxide wheels, and learn
how to use it.  Check your local library for woodturning books and
videos, as well as your Yellow Pages for the nearest Woodcraft store.
Also, check out the following website.  It's for the American
Association of Woodturners.  Lots of good info there.  Welcome!

http://www.RTPnet.org/~aaw/

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> I'm new to turning and can use all the help I can get. I live in
> Connecticut. Does anyone know where I can find wood supplies,
> classes, clubs, etc.?
> Also is there a woodturning website?
> I bought a full size Jet which I like. I also bought a set of Sorby's.
> Another question: do chisels normally need to be sharpened straight from
> the
> box. They feel sharp but don't seem to cut easily.
> Ron

 
 
 

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Great advise from Mr. Holder and the other gentleman.  As my own two
cents:

Go to a bookstore and get a copy of "Woodturner."  Also, a copy of
Fine Woodworking and/or Wood.  Check the adverti***ts for videos &
books.  I particularly like the Raffan videos, and "Bowl Turning With
Del Stubbs."  You'd be suprised at how much you can pick up from a
well made video.

Look for a Wood Craft Supplies store in your area.  Wood Craft has
classrooms in their stores, and they are pretty economica ways to get
your feet wet . . .

Get an 8" or 10" grinder, 1750 rpm.  Equip it with white wheels and
get a Wolverine grinding jig & fingernail grind jig.  For about $150,
it'll pay itself back the first time you use it.  Trust me.

Take some time to learn about sharpening.  The Wolverine jig helps
tremendously, but understand:  Take 5 turners, hand them the same set
of tools, and in 1/2 an hour each one will have slightly different
shapes/grinds on their tools.

FIND A LOCAL TURNING CLUB IN YOUR AREA.  The AAW will probably have a
listing of one near you.  Going to meetings is a FANTASTIC way to keep
feeding yourself, get questions answered, etc.

Most of all:  Be patient and enjoy yourself!  It's a blast.


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>I'm new to turning and can use all the help I can get. I live in
>Connecticut. Does anyone know where I can find wood supplies,
>classes, clubs, etc.?
>Also is there a woodturning website?
>I bought a full size Jet which I like. I also bought a set of Sorby's.
>Another question: do chisels normally need to be sharpened straight from
>the
>box. They feel sharp but don't seem to cut easily.
>Ron

 
 
 

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>I'm new to turning and can use all the help I can get. I live in
>Connecticut. Does anyone know where I can find wood supplies,
>classes, clubs, etc.?
>Also is there a woodturning website?

Hi Ron,
 For classes contact John C. Campbell Folk School in N.C. and Arromont College
in TN.  

I have no personal knowledge of Campbell, but I've been to Arrowmont 15 times.
About $600 for room board and tuition. . The best workshop in the world, two
Oneway lathes, one Nichols, Woodfasts, some older Generals remain. Air, dust
extraction, great views and hiking nearby.

Campbell is developing a following of good to very good instructors.

http://www.arrowmont.org/ 1-423-436-5860

Campbell http://www.grove.net/~jccfs/  1-800-365-5724
PS. I like two courses in February with Tom Fortenberry, Basics all levels is
the first, Natural edge bowls is the second.  Tom is a good all round turner.
His wife Sharon is a joy to be around too! Tom affords the opportunity to learn
and to be in a funny, pleasant environment.

It's a great jumpstart for you. Do something, don't try it all on your own.

Search for the TWNC club and their newsletter, too.

 PS. Learn to grind effectively. All else is wasted if this is not learned,
imho.

Richard Preston

WoodTurners Anonymous of Richmond, Va