Add a Little Spice to Your Turnings!
Off-axis and off-set turnings can certainly add a different dimension to your turnings, so come watch the wobble in action!
Granite State Woodturners meet on Jan 26 to discuss how to accomplish balanced and useful out-of-round turnings. Tom Kovalcik of the Seacoast WTC will be demonstrating the use of the Niles offset chuck, one of the simplest and easiest to figure out. Host Ron Marcoux will demonstrate the use of his homemade off-set chuck and his adaptations of a tool rest to accommodate out-of-round linear striping. Both Tom and Ron use off-set as a way add a little bling to small jewelry items such as pendants, earrings, and small boxes.
Off axis methods may sound strange when applied to bowls and platters but the results can be striking! No longer centered, these vessels work best as presentation platters, candy dishes or places to drop your keys.
The Granite State Woodturners meeting runs from 9 am to 12 noon or so and will open with coffee and donuts, a meet-and-greet and a chance to win the 50/50 raffle. A question and answer period will follow with a brief chance to show what’s on your lathe. So bring a piece that can be handed around! There will also be wood from Ron’s sawmill for sale, super cheap, with the money going into the Clubs’ newly created scholarship fund.
Ron’s shop is located at 28 Polly Peabody Road in Bedford, NH. It’s a moderately steep dirt road off of New Boston Rd and there should be plenty of parking in Ron’s driveway. But if you park on the road, watch out for the ditch along side and park carefully. As always, please bring your own chairs. See you there!