Woodworkers Take Trees To Treasures

Woodworkers Take Trees to Treasures

Oregon woodworkers take trees to treasures in local parks and recreation initiative. The Coravallis, OR Parks and Recreation department has started a program where they offer downed trees to local woodworkers for a donated project from the wood.

Once the donated projects are given to the city, they offer them for sale and the proceeds go back to Parks and Rec for use in planting new trees and other related projects. Heather Turner from ABC News at KEZI.com reports.

Woodworkers Take Trees to Treasures

Woodworkers Take Trees To Treasures
Local Oregon woodworkers take trees to treasures in a program to recycle downed trees

Instead of chopping the pin oak at Arnold Park to use for firewood, Corvallis Parks & Rec crews hope that local woodworkers will take the tree, and turn it into art.

It’s part of Corvallis’ “Trees to Treasure” program.  Some of the downed trees from last week’s storm could be recycled into finely-crafted heirlooms.

“We were trying to find different outlets for the wood and different uses for it that might come back into the community,” said Corvallis Urban Forester Becky Merja.

When the trees fall, the City will offer them to local woodworkers in exchange for a crafted donation from the wood.

“Some of the pieces are absolutely amazing, we have received everything from bowls and small vases, boxes,” Merja said…

Click here to read entire article.

I think that this is a great way to recycle downed trees while offering wood to local craftsmen the town benefits from their work. More towns should have similar programs for where woodworkers take trees to treasures. Does your town have a program like this? Would you participate in a program like this?

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Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

The Aspiring Woodworker’s workshop tour of Studio Woodworking that is presented below is a series of random shots all taken during one afternoon. Studio Woodworking at Okanagan College offers a thirty five week full time program which covers a wide range of woodworking skills. The video is well done and offered in high definition.

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking

The state of the art joinery shop at Okanagan College has the luxury of large windows creating lots of natural light. Our shop is very well equipped with state of the art hand tools. We have huge variety of well maintained stationary machines with industrial dust collection. Many of our machines, tools, and cutters are new.
Our fully equipped tool room has a full time attendant and any wood working tool you could imagine. The bench room has a wood floor and cabinetmakers benches for each student. We also have a heated spray booth equipped with high quality spray equipment as well as breathing air equipment.

Click here for more information about the woodworking program at Studio Woodworking

Workshop Tour Of Studio Woodworking
This Aspiring Woodworker workshop tour is for a school called Studio Woodworking located in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada.

The program looks very extensive and covers many topics and woodworking techniques.  Based what I see in the workshop tour of Studio Woodworking and the students work on the site they are helping aspiring woodworkers become skilled craftsmen.

 

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Woodturning A Big Bowl In Time Lapse Video

An aspiring woodworker from Hawaii is woodturning a big bowl in time lapse video shown below. Aaron Hammer a wood turner from Hau’ula on the north shore of the island of Oahu turns a 36″ Monkey Pod bowl. With the steps captured on time lapse video.

Woodturning A Big Bowl In Time Lapse Video

Another video featuring Aaron was posted by HGTV in a That’s Clever segment.

I enjoyed these video’s having seen them in the past and thought some of you might enjoy them as well. If you want to see more of Aaron’s work see his website at www.hammercrafthawaii.com. I especially enjoyed watching him woodturning a big bowl in time lapse video and was impressed by his setup. As a fan of the beautiful woods of Hawaii I am jealous.

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Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

A group of Michigan woodcarvers will be showing their stuff at a woodworking show this weekend. The woodcarvers from Metro Carvers of Michigan are having their 32 annual woodcarving show at Madison Place in Madison Heights on Saturday March 17th and Sunday the 18th.

 

 Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff

The gathering of skilled woodworkers and art enthusiasts is the largest for the Metro Carvers of Michigan, a satellite group of the Michigan Woodcarvers Association. About 2,000 attendees are expected from all over Michigan and a couple of outlying states, such as Ohio and Kentucky.

Michigan Woodcarvers Will Be Showing Their Stuff
A blue ribbon was given to John Karalunas at a previous Michigan woodcarvers show.

Expect a wide variety of artists working in wood burning, bark carving, chip carving, relief carving, “carving in the round” (three-dimensional) and …
…At last year’s event, many of the carvers were professionals in technical fields who never fancied themselves as the expressive type. They couldn’t grasp 2D art with a pencil or paintbrush, but given a knife and some wood to shape and form in 3D, they fell in love.

“You never know until you stop to smell the roses and pick up a knife,” said Paul Blanchard of Rochester Hills, president of the Metro Carvers of Michigan. “I know people who are heavy into computers, do programming and all that, and suddenly they pick up a knife and they have a talent for it, even though they always thought of themselves as an engineer or computer person.

Click here to read more about the show from Andy Kozlowski of candgnews.com

If you are going to be in the area be sure and stop by while the Michigan woodcarvers will be showing their stuff. There should be woodcarvings on display for every interest.

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Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

A Florida woodworker turns bowls from root balls of palm trees and has recently won Best Of Show at the annual Leesburg Art Festival. Scott Anderson of Crystal River uses his tractor to get the root balls out of the ground in order to make the bowls.

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls

Woodworker Turns Bowls From Root Balls
Woodworker Scott Anderson turns bowls from root balls and has won Best Of Show at the 35th annual Leesburg Art Festival.

“The hardest part is getting it out of the ground,” said Anderson, who relied on his own tractor to dig up the sabal palm on his land to begin the art piece.

“I think that it’s such a paradox that hiding inside the ugliest tree in Florida is this,” Anderson said, showing the intricate design pattern on the finished product.

The first time he discovered the unique artsy detail on a palm tree’s root ball, he felt that it was worthy of turning into works of art. Anderson began showing his palm bowls two years ago.

Some people mistake Anderson’s bowls as ceramics, glass or even marble. Many are stunned to learn they’re crafted from a tree’s root ball.

“I’m a woodworker who doesn’t think inside the box,” he said.

Click here to read the full article at dailycommercial.com

This is certainly an interesting looking bowl.  Having turned black palm, I can appreciate the work that has gone into this. I would love to see this aspiring woodworker turn bowls from root balls on video.

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Woodworking Tweets

Here are a few recent woodworking tweets I came across for you to browse.

by @barb_sheppard
The Village Woodworker: A Simple Utility Tray Project Part 3 http://t.co/rrmmZbC8
http://twitter.com/#!/barb_sheppard

by @woodworkers
Turn-On Chicago 2012: This exciting event takes place over three days from 3-5 August http://t.co/N3u54LKg #woodturning
http://twitter.com/#!/woodworkers

by @griffinsnews
Local woodworker becomes Internet sensation http://t.co/ltJOrmmW
http://twitter.com/#!/griffinsnews

by @ccloth
Carved Maple Vessel “Ghosts of Summer Meadows” @Balock Woodturning http://t.co/FSXnTOHr
http://twitter.com/#!/ccloth

by @HickmanLowder
Attorney Frank Hickman is also a woodworker. He has created many items in our office, including these “round things.” http://t.co/491JwrKp
http://twitter.com/#!/HickmanLowder

by @Bloomfield_Ont
Maple, maple,who’s got the maple… Paul Ross Woodturning Gallery does! http://t.co/9TMwv9Hy
http://twitter.com/#!/Bloomfield_Ont

by @Nicholls49
I liked a @YouTube video http://t.co/UpHbA0WD Woodturning Project Maple box 2of2
http://twitter.com/#!/Nicholls49

by @GenesisFermin
Kerchunkin’ #woodturning http://t.co/ySOdf0i3
http://twitter.com/#!/GenesisFermin

by @DomesticDan24
Now we’re talking. This piece came out very nice. Madrone Ariel Burl Vessel #woodworking #woodturning http://t.co/Mgju25cJ
http://twitter.com/#!/DomesticDan24

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Table Saw Kickback Video

I had seen this table saw kickback video some time back, but thought it was important that I post it here. In the video Tom Hintz from NewWoodworker.com demonstrates  a table saw kickback as well as what happens when a router table is used improperly.

What really hits home is when the kickback is shown in slow motion. He came very close to having his hand come in contact with the spinning blade.

Table Saw Kickback Video

For years it was thought to be safe or even fashionable to use a table saw without a blade guard or riving knife. If the accompanying video does not make that sound like a dumb way to use this machine there is a better than even chance that you are an idiot. Until today, I was an idiot also for thinking of doing this demonstration but after watching my own video I am cured.
There are many ways of having kickbacks on the table saw but the most common seems to be the wood simply turning towards the blade as it

Click here to read the full post on NewWoodworker.com

After watching the table saw kickback video I thing you will all think a little more about your safety when using a table saw.

A featherboard is a great safety addition for your table saw. I own this magnetic version from Ridgid. It works great and
you can get it now for half the price of the Magswitch model!

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Live Web Event For Woodworkers

Live Web Event For Woodworkers

There will be a live web event for woodworkers coming from Fine Woodworking on March 2nd. The streaming web event, billed Shop Talk Live will take place this coming Friday at 3:30 PM eastern time.

Fine Woodworking magazine Editor Asa Christiana along with Michael Pekovich, Art Director will be fielding questions from the moderator Ed Pirnik, the Senior Web Producer. Readers are being asked to submit questions for the web event’s debut.

The Shop Talk Live event was announced on  finewoodworking.com.

Live Web Event For Woodworkers

Live Web Event For Woodworkers
Live Web Event For Woodworkers from Fine Woodworking - Shop Talk Live

In a bid to better serve our readers and connect with you all even more directly, we’re gearing up to launch a new live stream event that will put our editors in front of the camera on a monthly basis to answer your woodworking how-to questions and even address a few of the comments that…

…That means Asa and Mike won’t have a clue as to what potential zingers the web staff will be lobbing at them during the live stream. Feel free to have fun with this and pitch any woodworking how-to questions you like. This is an open forum, and while we can’t answer or address every potential email that comes across Ed’s computer screen, we’ll do our best to pick the most entertaining, thought-provoking, “woodworky” items.

Click here to read the full announcement from Fine Woodworking

It sounds like the format of this will make the for some interesting possibilities. If you’re an aspiring woodworker who would like to have your questions answered on this live web event for woodworkers presented by Fine Woodworking be sure to get them in right away.

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