New year, new direction

Well here we are in a new year.  A lot of things are happening this year.

For one thing, my son, his wife and my little grand daughter are moving to New Zealand so that Christi can pursue a dream of hers, to become a doctor. Canada doesn’t seem to like people from Canada entering into medical school.  O well I could rant on about this, but never the less she is getting her opportunity to go for it.

I have made up my mind that this year’s projects will be centered around getting our house in order.  Completing things that I have started over the years, but have left because of commitments to do kitchen cabinetry.

However, also in the mix are new things that I have never tried before, such as;

Woodturning – thread chasing and epoxy resin

This year,  I am going to try and become a better woodturner and try some new projects/  These new methods and projects were inspired by YouTube videos from Brendan Stemp, Sam Angelo, Carl Jacobson, Robbie the Woodturner and Mike Waldt. There are many great wood turners who share their many turning talents on YouTube. Check them out.

I have amassed new tools over the past year to add to my turning tool arsenal. I bought myself a new hollowing tool, a Robert Sorby medium hollower, which will work well on boxes, bowls and hollow forms.

After watching Sam Angelo’s videos on YouTube all about thread chasing I decided to add this to my box making. So I purchased the full set of Robert Sorby 16tpi thread chasing tools, arm support and relief cutter. This will add to the art of box and toy making.

I have also decided to try some epoxy resin techniques to add some new dimension to bowl turning.  This may include the purchase or setup of a vacuum chamber.  I had watched a video on YouTube from Brendan Stemp who lives in Australia and have had communications with him to help me get a vacuum chamber setup, so we will see if I can get to this.

Steam bending

I am also interested in doing some steam bending this year.  I have watched several videos and have some really good information from Michael Fortune, an expert woodworker and artisan who lives here in Ontario. My college professor knew him and spoke highly of him and Michael also does articles for Fine Woodworking Magazine. I need to get a small steam generator, which Earlex sells and build myself a steam box, but adding process to furniture and cabinetry adds a new dimension to the craft.

Ultimate goal of the process

Well it will be a busy year and my to-do list around the house will likely take me into next year, but the goal of this push is to be in a position to move to a new house with more indoor space for a workshop that I can then work all year around.

I will keep you posted, and hopefully do some videos so you can follow me during the trip.

See you in the Workshop!

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