I have been turning for a little while and I am trying to hone my skills. For the record, I have never, and I mean never, been able to cut anything with the skew chisel. I've tried and tried with no luck. Nothing but catches, snags, breaks and frustration. I got the skew grinding attachment for my wolverine system for Christmas and I decided to sharpend my skew. It was sharpened beautifully and I decided to give the skew another try. No luck again.
It was at that point, that I decided that I was not giving up until I got the chisel to do something. Anything other than catch and snag, supposing that all it did was keep the door to the shop propped open while I carried stuff in and out of the shop. I remembered that John Lucas (a member here) had made some very nice turning videos and I took it upon myself to search him out, subscribe to his you tube channel and watch his videos. Armed with the skew knowledge that John gave me through his videos, I headed to the shop today to try again. I was blown away. All this time, I was having issues because of the way I was holding the skew and the way I was approaching the stock with the skew. By watching John's video repeatedly, I was able to have my first success with the skew EVER!!! I still had a few catches, but nothing serious. I ended up with a ton of shavings. Long, flowing, curly, thin shavings from the piece that I was practicing on.
I was concentrating on just being able to use the skew without getting catches and trying to pay attention to the conditions that caused the catches when I got them. The piece finally broke in half when I got a larger catch but what an eye opening experience. I can't wait to hit this shop again next weekend for another practice session with the skew. I'm gonna master this bad boy yet.
A huge thanks to John Lucas for taking the time to film and post these wonderful videos. You made Kenbo a happy camper today for sure.
I know these pictures are nothing special to you more experienced turners, but you have no idea how excited I am to actually have been able to do this much. Laugh if you want but this is the start of something great!!!