Turning Big Wooden Balls

Keith Holamon is turning big wooden balls on a lathe he designed and made. This aspiring woodworker was making balls and they got bigger and bigger and the lathes he was using were not big enough so he made a piece of equipment to handle the size he wanted. On this truck mounted lathe he takes wood that no one wants such as stumps and turns them into beautiful artwork.

Turning A Big Wooden Ball

Big Wooden Ball Project from Mike Leuis on Vimeo.

His work is inspiring, here are some of the comments from around the web.

“Fantastic. Very inspiring even if I’ll never build a massive truck with a massive lathe hanging off of the back of it.”

” Really loved this. Makes my 6″ sphere jig seem puny.”

“There’s something captivating about Keith Holamon and his spending a fortune to create huge wooden balls.”

“I was surprised to see how beautiful the final products were. The process is so rough looking and yet the final pieces are really beautiful.”

I love the look of these wooden balls, the grain is simply amazing! While turning big wooden balls is not something everyone can do, with the right equipment anything is possible.


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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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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

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

by @griffinsnews
Local woodworker becomes Internet sensation http://t.co/ltJOrmmW

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

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

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

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

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

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


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Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit Their Pieces

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit

The Eptek Art and Culture Centre on Prince Edward Island has a Canadian wood turners exhibit presently on display. The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild will be displaying their turning thru March 28th. There are bowls, hollow forms, and even bird’s nests in the exhibit.

In the article from the Guardian, Mary Mackay talks with several of the wood turners about the craft.

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit Their Pieces
Darrell DesRoches a member of P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild shows of some of the pieces from the Canadian wood turners exhibit. - Photo from Guardian by Mary MacKay

Canadian Wood Turners Exhibit

“I’m interested in the weird, the wild and the wonderful — the stuff (people would) pick up and think ‘What? How did you do that?’ ” laughs guild president Glen Pye of Charlottetown, who admittedly leans more toward the artistic side of woodturning than the utilitarian end.
The P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild began with a slow start three years ago but…

…One of those longtimers is Darrell DesRoches of Miscouche, who has been a wood turner for nearly 20 years.

“The point about the guild is that there are people there from every skill level. We have novices to the intermediate and some semi-professional wood turners,” he says.

“And the one thing I found about being a wood turner is you’re always willing to share. You don’t keep secrets. If you got a cool way of doing things then you’re always willing to share with others.”

 To read the original post at www.theguardian.pe.ca click here

There are over 30 members of the P.E.I. Wood Turners Guild which is just three years old. They meet the last Wednesday of each month at two of Holland College’s locations on the Canadian island province. If you happen to be on P.E. I. it sounds like the Canadian wood turners exhibit would a great stop for any aspiring woodworker.



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Pen Turning Video Tutorial

Pen Turning Video Tutorial

Pen Turning Video Tutorial
Pen turning video tutorial final result, purple TruStone rollerball pen.

I came across a very good pen turning video tutorial today on the sawmillcreek.org Turner’s forum. In the post Alan Zenreich discusses a pen he made out of purple TruStone. The kit looks to me to be a variety of the “Gentlemen’s” style rollerball pen and the video he made showing the steps to make it is very detailed.

Pen Turning Video Tutorial

I’ve made several TruStone pens before, but this was the first time working with this purple version. It’s pretty brittle, so it was slow going, with very light cuts with sharp carbide tools. It was a commission from my bride’s co-worker, so it’s nice to have it completed. I documented photos of the step-by-step making of this pen, hopefully I’ll…

Click here to read the thread by Alan Zenreich on sawmillcreek.org.

Having made a couple of similar pens out of TruStone I would agree with Alan that you need sharp tools and to go slow as the material can easily chip or break while turning. However the results of that careful turning can be stunning, as his purple TrueStone pen can confirm.

If you are thinking about make a pen like Alan’s his pen turning video tutorial is an excellent place to start. For more pen turning information and supplies visit Rockler’s pen turning section, they have a great variety to choose from.


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Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

Making large wooden baseball bats is a quick process for a CNC lathe. Ives WoodTurning in Orem, UT has made a few of these exta large bats on his lathe for some customers as of late. The wooden baseball bats are over 5 feet long and 5 inches in diameter at its widest.

In this video from Eldon Ives demonstrates the turning process to make the bats.

Making Large Wooden Baseball Bats

I found it interesting to watch how quickly and efficiently the CNC lathe could make these wooden baseball bats. In addition the size of the finished bats are quite impressive.

When not making large wooden baseball bats Ives WoodTurning makes ballisters, newel posts, table legs and other custom turnings. click here to visit their website, http://www.iveswoodturning.com.


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Woodturning Display At Atlanta Airport

Woodturning Display at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport

Woodturning has come to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the form of a display of works airport’s Atrium. Woodturning artist from from many states in the US and even Great Britain have items on display. The display includes more than 40 pieces  including some made by woodturners Ed Moulthrop, Bob Stocksdale and Rude Osolnik.

The article by Amy Schneider was posted on the Airport’s news site included several photos of the woodturnings.

Woodturning Display At Atlanta Airport
Display of Woodturnings At Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Carving a niche: Exhibit highlights wooden works

Hartsfield-Jackson’s new exhibit in two display cases — titled “Three Pioneers of Contemporary American Woodturning” and “Woodturning as an Art Form” — showcases more than 40 of these wooden artworks in the Atrium. The pieces include bowls of various sizes, vases, candleholders and decorative boxes.

“The pieces in this exhibit demonstrate how artists’ creativity transformed a useful, necessary trade into an outlet for aesthetic beauty,” said David Vogt, Airport Art Program manager. “The quality of the wood is only part of…

Click here to read the original article.

The woodturning display has pieces of all shapes and sizes including some beautiful scent bottles by Stephen Paulsen of California.


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woodturning a lampshade

Woodturning A Lampshade

Woodturning a lampshade from a rough log is something that Sören Berger demonstrates in the video he posted on Vimeo. The results are a thing of beauty! Notice how the grain shows from the lights behind and the soft lighting effect it gives off.


 As the Wood Turns: Watch Soren Berger Make a Wooden Lampshade

woodturning a lampshade
A wooden lampshade made by woodturing a rough log done by Soren Berger

File under the time-worn craft category: New Zealand-based woodturner Sören Berger knows his way around a lathe, and—inasmuch as his son Rikki knows his way around a camera—he’s pleased to offer “a small glimpse into making one of my [lamp] shades.”

It’s cool to see the shavings stream from the bit like tickertape, but it seems like an awful lot of scrap for want of a hollow cylinder, beautiful though it may be…

Making of a Shade from Soren Berger on Vimeo.


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In the video he shows the woodturning techniques he uses to make the lampshade. He hollows out the core of the block and cuts out the middle with an electric chain saw. Then finishes the outside and using a lamp to get the right thickness he completes the inside cuts before parting off the whole thing. You can find out more on his Facebook page.

Soren also has a thread creator that he has design which will be available for purchase soon. You can find out more details on his website at http://www.sorenberger.co.nz/.

Woodturning a lampshade is something that all woodturners can aspire to do. With practice and patience you too can turn a wooden lampshade from a log.




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