Hello People and forum members I am new to this forum and would like to introduce myself. My name is Marc AKA "The Judge" I live in Brooklyn Ct. a small town with a population of around 10k. Brooklyn is in the northeast corner of Ct. for the most part it is rural with plenty of good wood to be had.I have been in all phases of construction from highway heavy ie:roads,sewer,buildings, drainage and utilites. Timber framing with post and beam to fine finnish carpentry.I have amassed just an enormous amout of tools over the years and have recently consolidated them all in one workshop, my Goodness how many of each tool do you need as I have many doubles.I have many tools for cabintry and fine furniture and have built most of the furniture in our home or restored old pieces back to grandure.I just caught a bug called "bowl turning" and it requires many of the tools I didn't have. So off we go to ebay found a Vega 14" lathe in Alabama Can you say road trip.got there tried it out "SWEET" runnin 230 Vac $650.00 got her home smilinand the games had begun Ebay = Robert Sorby turnin tools at swell prices not to mention the RS'S that came with the lathe so now im pretty tooled up and ready to turn. I have just put up my first lot of blanks approxiamatly 120 cherry,ash red oak and pear wood for future use all sealed with anchorseal.there are many different sizes which I think will be great and challenging at the same time. Several days ago my wife told me that I really needed to stop spending so much money as she handed me two packages from Woodcraft and she went on to say that this little hobbie of mine was getting out of control,as I proceded to open the one I had been waiting for the new Ci1 Easy Rougher and as I opened the tube the smell of fresh laquer from the handle permeated the air and alls I heard was the tick tick tick of the easy rougher starting to true a newly chucked blank.Then it Hit me, REALITY darn I have to go to Work. Kissed her and off I went. Now if the later statements are not the sign of someone with the head a turnin I dont know What is Thanx and hope to hear from other members
Welcome to the forum Marc,
Turning is an addiction, a good one though. I might recommend you search out a local turning club if you have one available. They are not only a lot of fun, but you will shorten the learning curve and pick up a lot of good ideas on what to turn. I would also buy tools for the lathe as you find a need for them. You may find you will use a few of the turning tools most of the time. Learn to keep them sharp and be careful. Wood spinning is a little bit different than flat work. Have fun with it and work safe.
Thanx For the welcome Mike
I have already surpassed the buy tools as you need them!!! I guess I should have joined the forum first you know look before you leap. Well its all part of the learning curve,I surely could have used that bit of information sooner but all is well.The hint on the local turning club should be a great way to get some good ideas thanx Mike. And for the responce to Bret, I started working for Frito Lay and another Mechanic with 25 years in gave me the name because when I started I was very judgemental of others work and work ethic. Which I have done my best to not do though being somewhat annal as the human race can be I have learned a lot from the people that I work with now and tend to listen than talk< It works wonders for the ego. Marc
Thanks for the welcome Chippin-in On a roll scored some monster Mulberry and hard maple blanks some as thick as 8" x 20" square. My neighbor had about 25 trees hacked down by a tree company and left one heck of a mess. So being the nice guy I am I asked if she needed the large wood removed and she asked me how much I would charge, totally caught off guard I eagerely told her that I would have to think about it and would let her know after I figured out how much time it would take to get 2 loads. She gladly agreed. Talk about "SWEET" She 's my best neighbor.