I am an IT professional that developed an interest in woodworking, more specifically wood turning on a lathe. Oddly enough, I got into wood turning as a result of watching a YouTube video about making a bracelet out of crayons. While watching that video, I was enthralled by the process of going from a chunk of crayons into a unique bracelet. It was amazing how fast and seemingly effortless the process was!
From that moment on, I wanted to learn everything I could about wood turning on a lathe. I spent a lot of time researching what was possible to do with a lathe, and ultimately decided that I wanted to take the plunge and start a new hobby. I contacted a local wood turning group and was notified of an upcoming estate sale that was going to be selling a lathe. I took the day off of work, and luckily enough I was able to purchase my first lathe and a few basic tools to get started.
After I returned home, I started teaching myself how to turn. I practiced, and practiced, and practiced some more on scrap pieces of wood until i started to get a feel for the process of carving a shape out of a piece of wood spinning at approximately 2000 RPM’s. Working with a long straight piece of wood (or spindle) is one thing….but once I started to work on making bowls, I was well and truly hooked! The way the wood shavings just stream off of the tool and pile up on your arm is so much fun!