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post #1 of 17 Old 07-16-2010, 09:49 AM Thread Starter
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O.K. boys...Women can turn too!

All kidding aside, turning is so addicting. It is so much fun to see the colors of the wood just pop out as the interior is exposed. Kind of like waiting to see what toy you get in the bottom of the "Cracker Jack" box!

Night before last, Mr. TT presented me with this huge block of octagon shaped wood ready to be turned on the lathe. Right away, I thought of a base for a table lamp...the size just seemed to warrant it. Boy, things sure look different horizontally, than vertically. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with my first turning project. I know the look will change even more once I select the hardware and lamp shade...thinking about making my own lamp shade...if I can wait that long (any ideas on different materials)?

My pics are in my album titled, "My First Turnings".
I will post more pics once I'm able to plug it in!

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Go for it!Looks like a lamp written all over it.Gary/Itchy

***For the record*** Ive made hundreds of guitar bodies,never put one together and cant play a note.
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Funny you said that Itchy...that's exactly what Mr. TT said as I stood there in front of the beast wondering what the heck I was getting myself into ..."Go for it"!
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Were you refering to the lamp blank as the Beast?Heh Heh!

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Of course women can turn. Many of my favorite turners are women. One of them is coming up here to teach next week. Pat Matranga has been a friend for many years. She'll be teaching at the craft center where I do my workshops. I will definitely go visit her.
Betty Scarpino is the editor of American Woodturner and is a fabulous turner. She is actually one of the first professional turners I ever met, many many, well too many year ago.
Marilyn Campbell of canada is really one of my favorites. I love what she does. I was fortunate enough to share demo rooms with her about 6 or 7 years ago.
I've taught quite a few women in my classes and they are quite often the best students. They usually listen to what you say and actually try it. Older men will go back to doing it their way right or wrong.
Good job on the lamps. If you want to make more look up lamps online or go to the lamp store and take notes of what shapes you like and how the shapes work together. That's the fastest way I know to learn how to design a lamp.
Here is my latest lamp. I call it the Cardiac lamp. The electronic Defibrilator actually turns on the lamp when you touch the button.
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That's a very cool lamp. A lot of creativity and thought went into it; your friendly cardiologist would probably love one! I was practicing for the most part; just seeing what I could come up with for the most part with just one or two tools.

To Itchy...yes, I was referring to the lamp blank as the beast. I must say, using these tools for the first time is kind of intimidating. Mr. TT kept reminding me how dangerous this can all be..."safety first"!
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. . . TT kept reminding me how dangerous this can all be..."safety first"!
And you promised to always wear your hair in a bun.

For any other women who may come along later and read this thread:

When I pointed out that getting her hair caught in the lathe could scalp her, she said "My hair isn't long enough". So I reminded her of the natural human instinct we all have when we drop something (like a gouge) . . . we immediately bend over to pick it up. That puts her hair right there at the spinning stuff.

The light bulb came on and she went straight away into the house and got a hair thingy. Being a RN she knew of cases where women have been killed from getting hair caught in various machinery.
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yea nothing dangling around the spinny thing is a good thing it dosn,t forgive mistakes. Oh nice lamp/candle stick/or unique rolling pin its a good job.

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That's really nice. I love the different colours in the wood. For a newbee to turning, you're off to a great start and I'll bet that YOU didn't break a roughing gouge like SOME people we know.

As far as ideas for the shade, why not try your hand at some other woodworking. I'm thinking wooden slats like this.

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But it would be circular of course. You could even line the slats with an opaque plastic so that any interior joinery would be hidden. A plastic like they have used on these shades would be the idea that I was thinking.

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Anyway, keep up the turning. Let us know what you decided and be sure to post photos of the finished product.
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OK boys,woman can turn to

WTG there Mrs TT I'm sure you will be a rich and famous lady turn one day. As for the hair,you definitely want to keep it attatched to the scalp.I knew a lady that worked at B&D back in the 70's that had her hair caught in a drill press. She recovered just fine,but was a hurtin little kitty for a while,so be safe and have fun.

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That's an interesting idea for the lamp shade, Ken. Reminds me of the Japanese sliding panel walls and hinged screens.
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That is a very nice looking lamp base. I love the colors. Appartenly the lamp thinks so too parading around in front of the mirror like that! I think we should put a bubble on top and have a caption contest with that one. :o) Joking aside, I can't wait to see the finished product.
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Quote from Woodsman:

"As for the hair,you definitely want to keep it attatched to the scalp.I knew a lady that worked at B&D back in the 70's that had her hair caught in a drill press".

My FIL told me about two women he knew; each got their hair caught in a ceiling fan...scalped them. One lived.

Needless to say, my long ponytail gets wrapped into a bun anytime I am around machinery.
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Nice work Mrs. TT. That is going to make a great looking lamp. Can't wait to see the finished product. Keep up the good work.

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So that's why I don't have any hair on my forehead. Safety, yea thats it. God is helping me with that hair problem. :)
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Very nice lamp base.
Looking forward to seeing the finished product.

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Nice work Mrs TT especially for your first time. One day I want to get a lathe and start turning. You do have an advantage over the rest of us because Mr TT can keep you supplied with all kind of nice turning stock for practice.

Can't wait to see it finished.
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