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think i lost my "touch"

can one lose their touch when turning? i havn't turned in quite a long time and jumped back on the lathe today. i felt like a moron, my tools caught several times. i even resorted to making a handle-less rolling pin. which is really really beginner. I'm wondering if it's possible that i'm also not used to the tools, the tools i've used in the past are the pro tools, beefy, long and just plain big. i've only got a beginner/intermediate set so they aren't big or beefy. maybe i just need to practice a little.

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Patience Tyler, patience.
It's like riding a bicycle. Go back, sharpen your tools, put a new blank on the lathe, and take your time. Nice easy cuts, use the bevels when applicable, etc. It'll all come back. You might have had a bad piece of wood too, it happens.
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tymann, dont think youve lost your touch! Give it some time and keep at it. Sometimes (usually when im in a hurry) or have specific expectations of exactly how a piece will go I lose sight that turning (for me) is a sort of communication between me and the wood. If I forget that the work suffers and I dont have fun which is what this is supposed to be!!! If I take my time and adapt when there is a crack or I dont like the grain pattern or the shape, color or whatever I get PLEASURE out of turning. If I ever get to the point where my brain says JUST HURRY UP AND FINISH ALREADY I know its time to take a break and get back to it later. Take your time, as you're working. Stop the lathe multiple times and take a look at the form. Do you like it? If not how can you change it with what you know about the wood and turning? Forget about your tools. If they are sharp then crappy tools can create some magnificent stuff!!! Another suggestion is to challenge yourself. Failure can be heart poundingly fun when your going after your own Everest of challenges. Pushing yourself to get better EVEN IF YOU FAIL will make you learn at twice the rate! Keep it up and let us know how it goes!!! happy turnin,
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Thanks guys. after dinner i went down to the lathe and decided to try some more. i took it easier, slower and just kinda shook myself loose. i graduated this time to a rolling pin with handles, which i don't think looks half bad. i got the skew down again, not as many tool catches as last time. i think things are improving i figured i'd show ya'll my lovely lil' rollin' pin ps. ignore the little animal thing on the top right. it's a school project, feels like i'm back in kindergarden sometimes.

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good looking rolling pin
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Good come back and in the same day No less . You never lose your touch, sometimes you just have to remember that you left it in your Heart

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You never lose your touch, sometimes you just have to remember that you left it in your Heart

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the dang truth that is right there

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Nice rolling pin. Gotta love it when a plan comes together.

There is a very fine line between a "hobby" and a "mental illness"
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ty, if I haven't turned something other than pens for quite a while, I also feel like it takes me a bit to get back in the groove. What I do is just relax and let the muscle memory take back over. Now that I've been turning for a while, it doesn't take long to find the zone again. Keep it at it...it's still there.

That bowl was perfect right up until that last cut...
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That's why I do my little practice pieces like in the skew videos. If I haven't been on the lathe in a week or two I'll just throw a chunk or 2x4 on the lathe and whittle it away to nothing. It only takes about 15 minutes but lets me get back in the groove. I can use whatever tool I might be using for the next project or I can just practice different cuts.
Of course turning a bowl is good practice because it takes several cuts to get down to the shape. When I haven't been turning for a while I will take smaller cuts so I can practice the gouge movements.
Most of woodturning is subtle movements. If your gouge is sharp you should be able to take very fine cuts. It's good practice to practice these cuts because they take more tool control than big waste away wood cuts.
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thanks guys. guess maybe i just need to practice on scrap wood and just do different techniques.

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