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Coca Cola Easter Show 2014

By Ian Outshoorn on May 5th, 2014

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Another good result at the Easter Show. Picked up a Second, and two Thirds.

Review- Harvey T60 Wood Lathe

By Ian Outshoorn on January 2nd, 2014

So back in August the Black Thing arrived and I promised I'd do a full review once I'd done some turning

It was published in the December 2013 Issue of Creative Wood, the magazine issued by the National Association of Woodworkers.

A copy of the Review is reproduced here with permission from Creative Wood.

Coca Cola Easter Show 2013

By Ian Outshoorn on March 5th, 2013

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Did rather well at this years Easter Show. Picked up a First, a Third and two Merits. On top of that, all bar one piece sold at the Show. The general consensus was that the level of competition was very high again this year.

NSWG - Toy Making Day

By Ian Outshoorn on November 13th, 2012

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The North Shore Woodturners Guild makes toys every year and donates them to various charities. Last year it was the Salvation Army. On Saturday about 16 guild members rocked up to make some toys. All the lathes were in action.

Woodturning New Zealand Symposium 2012

By Ian Outshoorn on October 24th, 2012

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Well, spent the last four days at the NZ Symposium. Have returned home totally fizzing, completely amped to get back on the lathe. So many ideas, so little time. Boy does work get in the way of my hobby.

In memory of Mike Lewis

By Ian Outshoorn on April 15th, 2012

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Mike Lewis, good friend and woodturning mate passed away this week. Mike had several arterial aneurysms, one of which ultimately proved fatal. He was only 79. I say “only”, because he was one of those ageless characters who looked and acted like a much younger man.

DVD Review - Terry Scott, Manta Ray

By Ian Outshoorn on February 23rd, 2012

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Bought a new DVD (actually a double DVD) to watch and learn from. This time it's a local New Zealand turner Terry Scott, who is very well known overseas too. Terry has won multiple International awards for his signature pieces, which he calls Manta Rays. These are bowls with wings, either 3 up and 1 down or my favourite 3 down and 1 up.

Shavings - Turning the big stuff

By Ian Outshoorn on February 11th, 2012

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Finally got around to finish welding the outrigger for the TL1500. This allows me to swivel the head 90° to the front. Now I can turn stuff 700mm in diameter :-)

Shavings - Rough Turning Pohutukawa

By Ian Outshoorn on February 5th, 2012

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It's been awhile since the last post. Been really busy at work. Managed to get into the shop this afternoon for about three hours. Amazing how many shavings are generated. I give them away for garden mulch.

Graeme Priddle - Demonstration

By Ian Outshoorn on November 21st, 2011

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Well what a weekend. Saturday we made the trip down to the South Auckland Woodturners Guild in Papatoetoe to see Graeme Priddle in action ( Graeme is a very well known New Zealand turner who showed us some of his "tricks" used in his sculptural, multi centred turnings.

Tool Review - McNaughton Multi Axis Scraper

By Ian Outshoorn on November 12th, 2011

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I have tried a new type of tool (well for me anyway). A long time ago I tried to use a scraper as I'd seen this used in the books. Wasn't terribly succesful. It left torn grain and every now and then I'd have the catch from hell, tearing the piece from the lathe. Decided that the scraper was not the tool for me. I learnt to use the bowl gouge instead with greater success. Cutting the timber felt more natural and left me a decent surface before sanding (usually at 120 grit on a good day).

Carving for Woodturners course with Mike Davies

By Ian Outshoorn on November 6th, 2011

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Well, spent the weekend learning about Carving with Mike Davies. Mike is a highly qualified carver from England, where he regularly writes for Traditional Woodworking magazine. I need to learn more about carving as I want to use it to embellish my Turnings. Learnt heaps over the two days. Now it's just about practise, practise and more practise. Guess it's the same as woodturning where "Time on the Lathe" is the only way to really get better at my craft