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post #1 of 9 Old 12-28-2008, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm hooked.

I turned my first piece of wood yesterday. After reading extensively and watching countless turning videos on youtube, I finally got a lathe and began my slide head first down the slippery slope.

My wife and family was good to me on Christmas and got me some gift cards to Woodcraft. Coupled with some money I had saved, yesterday I bought a Jet 1220VS lathe, a SuperNova II chuck, and a set of Crown powder metal tools.

I spent the day in the garage putting what I've learned to the test. Some of the stuff turned out bad, some was good. I used mostly poplar, and made a couple 8" baseball bats for fun. My 30' apple tree blew over last night, so I turned a couple 6" "bowls" from the cuttings...That was fun but the wood was less than ideal. A tree service stopped by to offer their services while I was roughing out the apple on the lathe, and the guy thought it was funny I was making the best of a bad situation.

The lathe is everything I'd read it would be. Definately powerful enough for whatever I throw at it, easy to change speeds, and the VS feature is something I'm glad I decided I couldn't do without.

Today I decided to try to make a striker for my friction slate turkey call. I used a piece of 4/4 padauk, and it came out ok (need 5/4 for future ones). It definately works and sounds good. I found a source for the slate/aluminum/glass/copper sounding surface for the call itself, so I ordered a few different ones. Tonight I turned the "pot" for the call out of African mahogany. Not a bad first attempt if I do say so myself...Actually the one in the picture is the 2nd attempt because the first one exploded when the scraper grabbed too hard. I'm going to make a few of these in different woods to give to my hunting buddies and may even try to sell a few. This one is a heck of a lot prettier than the $55 one I usually use, and the bulk of the turkey calls on the market are cheesy looking with basic wood like something that came out of dogpatch USA. I'm thinking walnut with laminated maple strips would look cool....

This is fun.
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The picture makes it look like there are turning marks in the side of the pot. It is smooth but I cut tiny little grooves in the sides with the tip of the skew so it doesn't slide out of the hand. Bad picture.

I need to drill more small holes in the base as well. I'm just not sure how to get 8 equally spaced holes around a circle. Going to have to work on that.
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That looks good. I love to turn on my lathe. I am mostly self taught, it can take awhile to get the hang of it. It's just like anything else though, the more you do the easier it gets. Keep at it, and have fun. As far as the hole spacing goes, try to half it like you would cut a pie, just draw a pencil line down half then the other half until you have 8 lines. See if that works for you.

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As a recent convert myself, all I can say is welcome. Looking forward to more pics.

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Having just enjoyed a Norfolk Bronze turkey lunch I am intrigued re Turkey calls. No wild turkeys in Uk but presume a few left in USA. I thought turkeys just went 'gobble gobble'. Perhaps there is a vid on utube.
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WTG,now you ARE hooked,looks like a good start,have fun
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Congratulations. Good choice on the lathe and tools. Looks like so far so good. Now you see why it is addicting. One recommendation I would reiterate is to see if you can hook up with an experienced turner for even an evening just to go over all the basic tools and their proper use. If you don't teach yourself bad habits, it's a lot more fun in the long run.
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Thanks Mike. I would definately like to hook up with someone in my area that knows what they're doing so I don't deeply absorb too many bad habits. Will work on that. At the very least I'll try to take a class.
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Having just enjoyed a Norfolk Bronze turkey lunch I am intrigued re Turkey calls. No wild turkeys in Uk but presume a few left in USA. I thought turkeys just went 'gobble gobble'. Perhaps there is a vid on utube.
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Johnep, we have more wild turkeys than you can imagine. 20 years ago they were nearly extinct, now they're considered a pest in many areas. They've been re-introduced all over the states with great success, and can be found just about anywhere. The "gobble gobble" is only a small part of the vocabulary, and this call is for replicating the yelps, purrs, clucks, and putts that the hen makes...All in the interest of attracting the male "gobbler".
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