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First Ornament Class at Rockler

First Ornament Class at Rockler 0

working at lathe during 3 piece ornament class at Rockler 7/01/17 - Dailey Woodworking
Yesterday I taught another class at Rockler in South Portland, Maine. The class was about turning a 3 piece ornament. I had one participant in the class, Bill. In the picture above you can see Bill shaping out the center globe of his ornament. The globe would then be hollowed out using tools from two different hollowing sets. We used the micro hollowing set and the ornamental hollowing set from Sorby. Next came the turning of the bottom icicle finial and the top button finial. I think his three piece ornament came out fantastic. 
Student holding his ornament made during 3 piece ornament class at Rockler 7/01/17 - Dailey Woodworking
Yesterday's bowl turning class at Rockler

Yesterday's bowl turning class at Rockler 0

Bowl turning class at Rockler hard at work - Dailey Woodworking
Yesterday I had the opportunity to teach my second bowl turning class at Rockler in S. Portland, Maine. Once again I had a great time teaching the class. Lisa, Greg, Brian and George all left with a finished bowl. They had each turned a pleasing shape on the bowl using Sorby woodturning tools and finished them up with General Finishes Salad Bowl Finish. The finished bowls were about 2 inches tall by 6 inches wide. Some, but not all, used the Sorby spiralling tool to put a ring of texture around the outside of their bowl. 
Students from 6/17/17 Rockler bowl turning class holding their bowls. - Dailey Woodworking

Woodturning classes at Rockler 0

Bowl turning class at Rockler

Yesterday, I had the opportunity to teach another woodturning class at Rockler in S. Portland, Maine. In order to be transparent, I should say that Rockler has hired me to be a turning instructor at the S. Portland Store. Yesterday's turning class was for beginners on bowl turning. Class sizes are capped at 4 students and that seems to be a good size. If someone had a question or seemed to be having a problem I could go right to them and they weren't held up waiting for me. I think everyone had a good time, I know that I did, and went home with some new skills to work with. 

If you are interested in classes and the class schedule you can check them out on Rockler's site by clicking here. Just scroll down until you get to the Classes and Workshops section. You can also sign up for classes by clicking on the links on the page. I believe my next classes are on June 17th - beginners bowl turning and June 24th - making a pepper mill. On July 1st I will be leading a class on making 3 piece ornaments. Be sure to sign up early because the classes fill up quite quickly.  

Looking for some honey

Looking for some honey 0

I've been looking for something small to make. I had a few guidelines for myself to follow. I didn't want to use anything thicker than 1-inch wood and I wanted to be able to turn it on my mini-lathe. Oh, and I wanted to be able to turn most of the piece using only the skew. 

Probably one of my wife, Mary's, all time favorite characters is Winnie-the-Pooh. So I did what Pooh would do. I sat down, tapped my head repeatedly with my right hand and said, "Think, Think, Think". When that didn't work for me, I got up and walked around and again, repeatedly tapped my head with my right hand and said, "Think, Think, Think". 

When the headache finally cleared, I came up with the idea of making honey dippers. I would start with wood that was 1 inch by 7 inches long and I would be able to use the skew for at least 90 percent of the project. A parting tool would be used for the rest. Perfect!

I turned the prototypes that you see in the picture above and then realized that I had another problem. Do they really work? See I don't use honey in much stuff, I'm already sweet enough. Don't ask my wife about that one though, I'm pretty sure she would just roll her eyes. 

I don't say it enough - Thank you

I don't say it enough - Thank you 0

I don't say it enough to my customers but I owe you a huge thank you. Thank you for allowing me to do what I love to do more than anything else. Thank you for allowing me to have a flexible schedule. Let's be honest, do you really care if I'm out of bed and in my shop working on your order of mills at 9 am? No, probably not. Do you care if I'm working on them at 1 am? No, probably not. It's not top of your mind but you probably do care that I got to see my oldest daughter's field hockey games or tennis matches or my youngest push herself in a cross-country ski race or softball game. In the long run, by being able to see our daughters do these things you've helped me be a better father, husband and wood turner. I'm more focused on what's at hand and how could that not make me better. 

I get to meet great people at shows and through on-line correspondence. The pieces that I make get to see parts of the world that I can only hope to see one day. I get to be a part of your lives and most of us have never met in person. You spend hours agonizing over getting someone the perfect gift for their wedding, maybe it's for Christmas or Hanukkah or maybe it's for that special someone's birthday and it turns out to be something that I get to share in too. I get to make that gift for your loved one. 

Sometimes I even hear back from you or the loved one on the receiving end of your generosity. I get feedback from people like JS in Minnesota who shared this about a set of mini-grinders that she bought: "I bought these as a gift for my mom for Christmas. Not only was she thrilled with them, she let me know they were her favorite present of the year!". 

JF from Pennsylvania wrote and told me this: "Kim, Words cannot express how much I love the grinders, your presentation and your craft! The pieces are so beautiful...true statement pieces on my counter top. Thank you for taking great care in shipping and just all of the finishing touches. I know what to order for future wedding gifts! Thanks again and keep on turning!!!!!"

That's pretty heady stuff for a guy working in his basement shop, deep in the woods of Maine. Thank you for sharing how the pieces that I've made affect you or the lucky recipients of your gift giving.

But most of all, thank you for taking a chance on me and please keep sharing your stories and photos.