I have been a turner since 2003 when my wife called me into the great room to watch Norm Abrams cut a chunk of log off, split it and turn a side grain bowl on TV. I said, “I can do that”. So, I got my chainsaw and ventured into the woods on our farm, cut off a piece of ash, mounted it on my $200 Ridgid lathe and turned my first bowl.
Well, all of our three children thought it was great. The spalted ash was quite impressive and they wanted one. In short I was hooked.
I turn in a shop, plain and simple, nothing fancy. It is in a barn built in 1926 on our farm. I turned the milking part into my shop by removing the stalls. It does have a concrete floor, though not level. It had a trough down the middle for cleaning. That was filled in, the walls insulated and covered with sheetrock. My heat is every propane and kerosene heater I could buy. My air conditioner is a used window unit I placed in the back wall.
Four years ago I had the opportunity to acquire a 200 year old log cabin. Two friends and I disassembled, marked every log, and rebuilt it on a pasture next to the house overlooking the lake. This is where I store all of my saleable turnings.
Woodturning has now dominated my waking hours. I feel like I am 20 years behind. In actuality, I am probably 40 years behind and I keep trying to catch up. I enjoy turning many different forms from bowls to hollow forms. I wish I could settle on one or two basic forms and perfect those. However, I have not yet been able to achieve that goal. I want to try everything.
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