Aug 022021
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We’re in the dog days of summer throughout the country. Georgia was in the 90’s for much of last week and that’s not even incorporating the feel of the humidity. If you don’t have air conditioning in your shop, it’s likely that you haven’t been working on any projects for the past few days due to the hot weather.

This month, Bob Rummer discusses temperature management in the shop, and in this month’s poll we want to know how do you stay cool in your shop?

Jul 292021
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For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood discusses the turning process of cups and tumblers and the “lesson plan” he has come up with to make it a quick and exciting presentation for museum guests watching his woodturning demonstrations.

Woodturning demonstrations, such as we do at the Wilson Museum each summer in July and August, are relatively efficient from start-to-finish, and both attract and engage an audience. The speedy process of “unwrapping” a square-cut or full-bark piece of wood with a chisel and revealing a useful object within, sometimes with unexpected natural figure, while the on-lookers observe can be nearly miraculous, a trick of hand-and-eye with the speed and fascination of an accomplished magician performing.

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Jul 272021
Stories from Grandpa's Workshop: It's All in Your Head...
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For the July 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Bob Rummer discusses cognitive spatial ability and how it plays a role throughout the woodworking process from mentally designing and planning to actually putting pieces together. While I grew up playing with Tinker Toys, Erector Sets and blocks (all good spatial training), my formal education in […]

Jul 222021
Woodturning with Spindle Tools
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For the April 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple Blackwood wrote about the different types of spindle turning tools, and how they all work together with a woodturner’s skills to create something (or many things) both beautiful and functional: One of the most satisfying reasons to hone spindle turning skills is the confidence the […]

Jul 202021
Welcome to the Jungle – This one tool will save you thousands!!!
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Over the past year I have learned that the world of woodcraft is populated with more tools than there are trees in Georgia. Everywhere I look, I find a tool for this and a tool for that with multiple types of tools for this and that. Take something as basic as cutting wood. Your options […]

Jul 152021
Turning the Corner: Design Inspiration
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For the June 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Temple discusses the emergence of the free-form approach to woodturning: Another approach to woodturning, which has become an interesting study in emerging art over the past sixty years during woodturning’s rebirth, is a free-form approach to making a variety of objet d’art which might or might […]

Jul 132021
Book Review: The Workbench Book By Scott Landis
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For the June 2021 issue of Wood News Online, Norm Reid reviewed The Workbench Book: The Workbench Book, a survey of many workbench types as designed and used by their builders, is a classic in woodworking literature. It gives the reader an encyclopedic view of the possibilities for creating a workspace tailored to one’s own […]