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post #21 of 24 Old 10-15-2007, 12:02 PM
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Yes I used to work as a forester for the national trust and was responsible for marketing timber from 1000 acre ancient woodland, ran a woodmizer became one of the first FSC certified woodlands in the UK etc. I started turning as a way of learning more about the timber so I could sell it. Then as with many folk I got more and more into it untill I gave up the day job. I am still passionate about encouraging folk to use wood from local sources rather than kiln dried stuff from the other side of the world...it has so much more meaning as well as being better for the planet.

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I am still passionate about encouraging folk to use wood from local sources rather than kiln dried stuff from the other side of the world...it has so much more meaning as well as being better for the planet.
Yea that is kinda my deal too. I am an "urban logger", way too much wood goes to waste from cities and towns around here. Beautiful logs piled and burned like garbage .
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Ever run a foot powered lathe ? Torture device would be one way to describe them , maybe that is an exaggeration. Not for the faint of heart for sure.
I've seen them in action but never worked with one. I definitely enjoy watching things being built in a non-electric manner and appreciate the extra skill it takes to achieve the same results.
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Saw holland bowl mill on discovery 'how its made' tonight. They make a bowl a minute using a curved blade.
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