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Carl Ford's Covid-19 Hollow FormsOn “May 21, 2022, 9:27 am EDT” there are 157 posts in Carl’s blog. Posts may be assigned to more than one category. Thus they may appear multiple times on this page.

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Books (6) [category/books]

Woodturning Books & Dvds

  • Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners    - May 28, 2021    [Books]

    Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners ThumbnnailCarl often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1" = 25.4mm. His advice is to forget about the 0.4mm! Carl does the MM to inches conversion in his head using this method.

  • Essential Books & DVDs for Students    - March 13, 2015    [Books]

    Essential Books & DVDs for Students ThumbnnailCarl's recommended and Must Have Woodturning Books and DVDs. By topic: Spindle Turning, Bowl Turning, Project Books, Picture Books, Hollow Forms, etc.

  • Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database    - January 26, 2015    [Books]

    Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl's rant on "Hard" vs "Soft" Maple. People often say they have hard maple when it is soft. Look up the difference in Wood Database.

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Books]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnnailCarl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.

  • Steel By The Numbers    - June 28, 2020    [Books]

    Steel By The Numbers ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Check out the "About Steel" page on McMaster-Carr website to find the right steel for your next project! What is 4140 steel? Etc.

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    - April 28, 2013    [Books]

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnnailCarl's take on the best Woodburners, Tips, & Books for woodturners. What he recommends for his students.


Carl's Articles (9) [category/carls-articles]

Carl's Magazine Articles

  • A Modern Lamp for any Table    - August 1, 2021    [Carl's Articles]

    A Modern Lamp for any Table ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "A Modern Lamp for any Table" AAW magazine article PDF. How to turn a wooden lamp that looks great! A skill building project.

  • Carl’s Custom Centering Cones    - January 1, 2008    [Carl's Articles]

    Carl’s Custom Centering Cones ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Centering Cones" AAW magazine article PDF. What they are. Why live center cones are useful. How to make your own out of UHMW.

  • Custom Tool Handles    - May 10, 2015    [Carl's Articles]

    Custom Tool Handles ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Tool Handles" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own Custom Tool Handles from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable Fabric or Elastic Mesh Sleeve.

  • Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - December 2, 2014    [Carl's Articles]

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Members' Gallery" section of AAW magazine PDF. Carl's artwork was featured in the August 2014 issue of "American Woodturner" the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Foam Cole Jaws    - April 8, 2019    [Carl's Articles]

    Foam Cole Jaws ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Foam Cole Jaws" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Sticky-back craft foam on my Jumbo Jaws helps protect a bowl’s rim when reverse-chucked to finish the bottom.

  • Get A Grip    - November 7, 2018    [Carl's Articles]

    Get A Grip ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Get A Grip" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Adding a layer of elastic mesh sleeve to a tool handle is a cheap and easy way to get a better grip.

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Carl's Articles]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Drilled Chucking Recess" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. A 2-1/2″ diameter hole is an easy and secure way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe.

  • Octagon Template Cuts Corners    - December 28, 2021    [Carl's Articles]

    Octagon Template Cuts Corners ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Octagon Template & Jig" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Carl uses a simple Octagon Template and Jig to cut the corners off of plate or shallow bowl blanks.

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    - November 19, 2018    [Carl's Articles]

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Shopmade Collet Chuck" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own custom collet chucks out of UHMW plastic.


Carl's Artwork (17) [category/carls-artwork]

  • “Craters and Sun” for AAW Live Auction    - May 23, 2014    [Carl's Artwork]

    “Craters and Sun” for AAW  Live Auction ThumbnnailCarl's "Craters and Sun" square bowl was 1 of 30 pieces featured in the 2014 AAW Symposium Saturday Night Banquet Live Action.

  • 60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - July 7, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    60 Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnnailCarl turned 60 hollow forms in the first 3 months of 2020, Covid-19 lock down. So far so good. They have kept the doctor away.

  • AAW Turning of the Week    - March 6, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    AAW Turning of the Week ThumbnnailCarl's Pennsylvania Dutch Cake Stand was just selected as the "AAW Turning of the Week" on 3/6/2019.

  • Agar Class at Arrowmont    - July 2, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Agar Class at Arrowmont ThumbnnailPhotos of the artwork that Carl created in June 2019 "WOW Factor" master class with Nick Agar at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts

  • Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening    - November 27, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Carl Ford’s Etsy Shop Grand Opening ThumbnnailCarl just opened his new "CarlFordWoodturner" shop on etsy! Please shop early and often!

  • Carl’s Artwork – Fall 2020    - November 14, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Carl’s Artwork – Fall 2020 ThumbnnailPhotos of artwork made by Carl in the Fall of 2020. Star Bowls, Maple Leaf Plate & Sunset Wide Rim Bowl.

  • Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl    - January 26, 2019    [Carl's Artwork]

    Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl ThumbnnailCarl shows the inspiration for his Ric Rac Orchid Cactus Plate/Bowl and how he created it using the sgraffito process he learned from Al Stirt.

  • Covid-19 Hollow Forms    - April 9, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Covid-19 Hollow Forms ThumbnnailPhotos of the 60 hollow forms that Carl turned in the first 3 months of the Covid-19 lock down. Carl turned one hollow form a day to keep the Covid-19 doctor away.

  • Done In One Day Vases    - February 16, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Done In One Day Vases ThumbnnailA quick summary of Carl's techniqe that allows him to turn a wooden vase (hollow form vessel) in one day.

  • Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - December 2, 2014    [Carl's Artwork]

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Members' Gallery" section of AAW magazine PDF. Carl's artwork was featured in the August 2014 issue of "American Woodturner" the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners.

  • Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016    - April 21, 2016    [Carl's Artwork]

    Hollow Forms Winter 2015/2016 ThumbnnailGroup photo of hollow forms turned by Carl over the winter of 2015/2016. Turned from Cherry or Black Birch logs.

  • Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning    - March 18, 2022    [Carl's Artwork]

    Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning ThumbnnailCarl will be demonstrating live at 2022 Totally Turning Symposium in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2022.

  • New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art    - March 9, 2022    [Carl's Artwork]

    New Pinterest Gallery of Carl’s Wood Art ThumbnnailCheck out Carl's new Pinterest Photo Gallery of his Wood Art. Over 300 items with a user friendly front end interface to Pinterest.

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnnailPhotos of Cedar Vases made by Carl with his new Sorby Ring Tool. Turned out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding.

  • Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge    - December 29, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge ThumbnnailCarl's bowl that he turned from a 2x4 for the January 2014 "Nutmeg 2x4 Challenge". Step by step photos and suggestions.

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    - December 19, 2018    [Carl's Artwork]

    Viking Sunset Bowl ThumbnnailPhotos of Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl made by Carl. Quick intro to airbrushes and cheap airbrush advice.

  • Wall Art – Summer 2020    - August 29, 2020    [Carl's Artwork]

    Wall Art – Summer 2020 ThumbnnailPhotos of Nick Agar style Square Wall Art made by Carl during the summer of 2020. Square woodturnings with, spiral tool and airbrushed decorations.


Carl's Blog (4) [category/carls-blog]

  • Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress    - June 23, 2014    [Carl's Blog]

    Blog Moved from Quick Blogcast to WordPress ThumbnnailGoDaddy is discontinued Quick Blogcast on June 25, 2014. I moved my blog to Wordpress at www.carlford.us. This turned out to a blessing in disguise. I like Wordpress a lot better.

  • Carl’s Website & Blog Merged    - September 18, 2020    [Carl's Blog]

    Carl’s Website & Blog Merged ThumbnnailCarl merged his Woodturning Website and Blog on On 9/15/2020. They now use the same Wordpress Blog platform hosted by GoDaddy.

  • Leaner, Meaner & Faster    - January 22, 2022    [Carl's Blog]

    Leaner, Meaner & Faster ThumbnnailCarl's Website and Blog are now Leaner and Faster. New faster web server. Downsized and moved all photos to be inside of Wordpress.

  • Website & Blog Moved to SiteGround    - May 8, 2022    [Carl's Blog]

    Website & Blog Moved to SiteGround ThumbnnailOn 5/6/2022, Carl moved his www.carlford.us Website & Blog from GoDaddy to SiteGround. He will be deleting www.carlford.info. Use www.carlford.us.


Carl's Demos (13) [category/carls-demos]

  • Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo    - September 9, 2019    [Carl's Demos]

    Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for Nutmeg “Airbushed Wood Dyes and Web-FxPaint Demo” on 9/9/2019

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Carl's Demos]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Antique Candlesticks" demo. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood.

  • Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo    - December 7, 2018    [Carl's Demos]

    Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration" demo. The surface decoration techniques that Carl learned from Clay Foster in a June 2018 class with John Jordan and Clay Foster.

  • Candle Dish Demo or Class    - May 8, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Candle Dish Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Candle Dish" project demo. Turning a dish style candle stick holder is a great little project.

  • Great Polyurethane Finishes    - January 10, 2013    [Carl's Demos]

    Great Polyurethane Finishes ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Great Polyurethane Finishes" demo. Do you want to learn how to get a great tough “Baby Bottom Smooth” finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane?

  • Intro to Woodturning Public Demo    - April 26, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Intro to Woodturning Public Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Intro to Woodturning" demo. What is Woodturing? Why is it fun? What do I need to known to get into woodturning?

  • Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning    - March 18, 2022    [Carl's Demos]

    Live Demos at 2022 Totally Turning ThumbnnailCarl will be demonstrating live at 2022 Totally Turning Symposium in Saratoga Springs, NY on Saturday and Sunday, March 26 & 27, 2022.

  • Munro Hollower Demo    - April 26, 2018    [Carl's Demos]

    Munro Hollower Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Munro Hollower" demo. The Munro Hollower2 is a great tool for making vases and hollow forms. Tips and tricks that will allow you to hit the ground running.

  • Natural Edge Bowls Demo    - July 16, 2009    [Carl's Demos]

    Natural Edge Bowls Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Natural Edge Bowls" demo. How to turn natural edge bowls using the versatile David Ellsworth Signature Gouge. And Carl's step by step Bowl Turning Process (Cut Edge and Natural Edge).

  • Owl Plaque Demo or Class    - November 6, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    Owl Plaque Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Owl Plaque" demo or class. How to turn a cute Owl Plaque just in time for Christmas.

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Carl's Demos]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Painting On the Lathe" demo. Painting with the lathe running is easy! It is a great way to spice up and make beautiful artwork out of boring cheap wood.

  • Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo    - June 8, 2011    [Carl's Demos]

    Small Vases & Hollow Forms Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Small Vases & Hollow Forms" demo. Turning small vases is a great low stress way to learn how to create hollow forms and to experiment with shapes and surface decorations.

  • The Detail Gouge Demo or Class    - January 25, 2010    [Carl's Demos]

    The Detail Gouge Demo or Class ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Detail Gouge" demo. A detail gouge is the only tool you need for spindle turning. It is an easy to use. Easy to learn. It produces clean cuts like a spindle gouge or skew without the nasty catches.


Carl's For Students (41) [category/carls-students]

Resources, Sources, Handouts, Tools, etc for Carl's Students.

  • A Modern Lamp for any Table    - August 1, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    A Modern Lamp for any Table ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "A Modern Lamp for any Table" AAW magazine article PDF. How to turn a wooden lamp that looks great! A skill building project.

  • Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo    - September 9, 2019    [Carl's For Students]

    Airbrushed Wood Dyes & Web Fx Paint Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for Nutmeg “Airbushed Wood Dyes and Web-FxPaint Demo” on 9/9/2019

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Carl's For Students]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Antique Candlesticks" demo. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood.

  • Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo    - December 7, 2018    [Carl's For Students]

    Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Big, Bold & Fast Surface Decoration" demo. The surface decoration techniques that Carl learned from Clay Foster in a June 2018 class with John Jordan and Clay Foster.

  • Bosch Stabilizer Improvements    - May 3, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Bosch Stabilizer Improvements ThumbnnailThree small quick and easy improvements to Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer.

  • Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe    - February 27, 2022    [Carl's For Students]

    Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe ThumbnnailCarl uses a home made burnisher to burnish the textures that he creates with his Sorby Spiraling and Texture Tool. Making a burnisher is easy and cheap.

  • Carl’s Carving Stand    - December 27, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Carving Stand ThumbnnailCarl's Carving Stand is bare bones simple and works good! You can make your own. It allows you to easily carve any piece of work attached to a wood lathe chuck or faceplate.

  • Carl’s Chainsaw Bench    - June 19, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Chainsaw Bench ThumbnnailCarl's chainsaw bench is built like a tank. For woodturners. It was designed to make things safer. Photos & plan PDF.

  • Carl’s Custom Centering Cones    - January 1, 2008    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Custom Centering Cones ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Centering Cones" AAW magazine article PDF. What they are. Why live center cones are useful. How to make your own out of UHMW.

  • Carl’s Grinder Stand    - May 18, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Grinder Stand ThumbnnailCarl likes having the center of his grinder wheel 46" off the floor on a stand that he can easily move around his studio.

  • Carl’s Tool Rest Design    - May 29, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Tool Rest Design ThumbnnailCarl prefers, woodturning tools rests with a 1/2" wide, almost flat area on top of the tool rest. Like his VB36 tool rests. Photos and plan PDF.

  • Carl’s Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Travel Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's Travel Woodturning Tool Set. A set that can be EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. Carl also recommends this set for new turners.

  • Carl’s Turntable for Finishing    - January 1, 2022    [Carl's For Students]

    Carl’s Turntable for Finishing ThumbnnailCarl made his own turntable. He often uses it when painting and finishing things. It really helps him get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

  • Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool    - April 13, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool ThumbnnailCarl likes the Crown Spiraling tool better than the Sorby. Why? Wheel comparison chart. How to add a knob to improve the Crown or Sorby tool.

  • Custom Tool Handles    - May 10, 2015    [Carl's For Students]

    Custom Tool Handles ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Tool Handles" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own Custom Tool Handles from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable Fabric or Elastic Mesh Sleeve.

  • D-Way Negative Rake Scraper    - April 23, 2022    [Carl's For Students]

    D-Way Negative Rake Scraper ThumbnnailCarl likes and recommends D-Way Tools (brand) 1" Long & Strong Curved NEG Rake Scraper BM-NRS-34-LSC.

  • Essential Books & DVDs for Students    - March 13, 2015    [Carl's For Students]

    Essential Books & DVDs for Students ThumbnnailCarl's recommended and Must Have Woodturning Books and DVDs. By topic: Spindle Turning, Bowl Turning, Project Books, Picture Books, Hollow Forms, etc.

  • Face Shields    - April 22, 2019    [Carl's For Students]

    Face Shields ThumbnnailCarl reviews face shields. Face shields are HIGHLY PERSONAL. Therefore you should try before you buy. What are your options? Powered vs non powered. Etc.

  • Get A Grip    - November 7, 2018    [Carl's For Students]

    Get A Grip ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Get A Grip" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Adding a layer of elastic mesh sleeve to a tool handle is a cheap and easy way to get a better grip.

  • Golden Ratio Calipers    - March 13, 2022    [Carl's For Students]

    Golden Ratio Calipers ThumbnnailCarl made a set of "Golden Ratio Calipers". He likes to use the "Golden Ratio" (1.618…) when turning hollow forms and wide rim plates. It allows him to create things with pleasing proportions found in nature.

  • Gouge Sharpening Templates    - May 17, 2013    [Carl's For Students]

    Gouge Sharpening Templates ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Sharpening Templates". For Ellsworth, Stirt, Jordan, and Hosaluk gouge grinds. Use with Wolverine and Ellsworth jigs.

  • Guitar String Wire Burners    - January 13, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Guitar String Wire Burners ThumbnnailQuick Tip: If you use Acoustic Guitar Wire Burners to friction burn lines with the lathe running they work better than Piano Wire. What size wire? How to make your own.

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Carl's For Students]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a new woodturner. Join the AAW, Take a Class, Turning Tools, Faceplates, Drill Chuck, 4 Jaw Chuck, and Turning Smocks.

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Carl's For Students]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

  • Martel 4 Way Caliper    - October 25, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Martel 4 Way Caliper ThumbnnailCarl recommends the Martel 4 Way Caliper. Expensive and worth every penny! The unique shape of the Martel calipers makes them really useful for measuring the depth of things (plates, bowls and hollow forms) while they are still on the chuck!

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Carl's For Students]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Drilled Chucking Recess" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. A 2-1/2″ diameter hole is an easy and secure way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe.

  • Natural Edge Bowls Demo    - July 16, 2009    [Carl's For Students]

    Natural Edge Bowls Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Natural Edge Bowls" demo. How to turn natural edge bowls using the versatile David Ellsworth Signature Gouge. And Carl's step by step Bowl Turning Process (Cut Edge and Natural Edge).

  • New Power Carving Burs 2021    - November 21, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    New Power Carving Burs 2021 ThumbnnailCarl discovers and reviews Manpa Concave Eye Cutters, Manpa Mini Triangle & Round Cutters, Rotary Chisels, and Maillefer Concave Cutter Burrs.

  • Oneway Big Bite Spur Center    - May 8, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Oneway Big Bite Spur Center ThumbnnailCarl recommends the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center for driving big things. Big blanks for bowls or logs for hollow forms. It only costs around $20 on 5/5/2020.

  • Oneway Jaw Jigs    - September 29, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Oneway Jaw Jigs ThumbnnailCarl's Tenon Size and Hole Size jigs for the Oneway Stronghold Chuck with #2 or #3 profiled jaws.

  • Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint    - October 9, 2021    [Carl's For Students]

    Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint ThumbnnailCarl recommends paint brushes and acrylic paint for painting on the wood lathe with the lathe running.

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Carl's For Students]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Painting On the Lathe" demo. Painting with the lathe running is easy! It is a great way to spice up and make beautiful artwork out of boring cheap wood.

  • Pistol Style Airbrush    - September 12, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Pistol  Style Airbrush ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Pistol Style Airbrush for people who have trouble with a trigger on top style airbrush.

  • Round Ball Carving Burrs    - November 22, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Round Ball Carving Burrs ThumbnnailGood, but not great, round ball carving burrs from Rio Grande. 3/16" and bigger.

  • Sanding Cheat Sheet    - April 1, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Sanding Cheat Sheet ThumbnnailCarl's "Sanding Cheat Sheet" ties all of his sanding blog entries together. Wet Wood? Then use ... Already Finished? Spindle Turning? Bowl or Hollow Form?

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    - November 19, 2018    [Carl's For Students]

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Shopmade Collet Chuck" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own custom collet chucks out of UHMW plastic.

  • Silky Landscape Saw    - May 10, 2022    [Carl's For Students]

    Silky Landscape Saw ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl recommends a Silky Gomboy 210 Landscape Saw for woodturning. He uses it to cut off the tenon on woodturnings.

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    - July 31, 2015    [Carl's For Students]

    So you want to buy a lathe?    A real lathe? ThumbnnailCarl's unbiased comparison, review and recommendation of Woodturning Lathes for people who are interested in purchasing a real lathe. Powermatic, Oneway, Vicmarc, Robust, Laguna, Jet, and Nova lathes. 110 vs 220 volts. Lathes that Carl does not recommend.

  • Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives    - February 28, 2019    [Carl's For Students]

    Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives ThumbnnailCarl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.

  • Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup    - April 8, 2020    [Carl's For Students]

    Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup ThumbnnailCarl recommends the Wolverine Grinder Jig. It is the de facto standard! Here is how Carl recommends setting up your Wolverine.

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    - April 28, 2013    [Carl's For Students]

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnnailCarl's take on the best Woodburners, Tips, & Books for woodturners. What he recommends for his students.


Carl's Jigs (3) [category/carls-jigs]

  • 2×4 Harbor Freight Airbrush Holder    - April 30, 2022    [Carl's Jigs]

    2×4 Harbor Freight Airbrush Holder ThumbnnailQuick Tip: 2x4 airbrush holder for cheap Harbor Freight Airbrushes. Works great. You can easily move it around and store it on a shelf.

  • Gouge Sharpening Templates    - May 17, 2013    [Carl's Jigs]

    Gouge Sharpening Templates ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Sharpening Templates". For Ellsworth, Stirt, Jordan, and Hosaluk gouge grinds. Use with Wolverine and Ellsworth jigs.

  • Oneway Jaw Jigs    - September 29, 2021    [Carl's Jigs]

    Oneway Jaw Jigs ThumbnnailCarl's Tenon Size and Hole Size jigs for the Oneway Stronghold Chuck with #2 or #3 profiled jaws.


Carl's Studio (5) [category/carls-studio]

  • A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class”    - July 9, 2018    [Carl's Studio]

    A Day in My “Winter 2018 Studio Class” ThumbnnailFeel good photos of students and their work in Carl Ford's Winter 2018 Studio Class.

  • Carl’s Photo Studio 2018    - February 11, 2019    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Photo Studio 2018 ThumbnnailCarl's photo studio setup. He started using it in 2018 and he is very happy with it. He uses big soft box lights with easy to stow graduated black to white background.

  • Carl’s Studio July 2015    - August 2, 2015    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Studio July 2015 ThumbnnailPhotos of Carl's Woodturning Studio. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class    - October 9, 2019    [Carl's Studio]

    Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class Thumbnnail“Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print” for Carl's long running and very popular Woodturning Workshop Class. In Carl's Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

  • Winter 2020 Studio Class    - January 17, 2020    [Carl's Studio]

    Winter 2020 Studio Class ThumbnnailMy Winter 2020 Studio Classes got off to a great start his week. Here are some photos of Tom Gorbutt decorating the top of his cake stand with spin art.


Carl's Tools (18) [category/carls-tools]

  • Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe    - February 27, 2022    [Carl's Tools]

    Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe ThumbnnailCarl uses a home made burnisher to burnish the textures that he creates with his Sorby Spiraling and Texture Tool. Making a burnisher is easy and cheap.

  • Carl’s Carving Stand    - December 27, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Carving Stand ThumbnnailCarl's Carving Stand is bare bones simple and works good! You can make your own. It allows you to easily carve any piece of work attached to a wood lathe chuck or faceplate.

  • Carl’s Chainsaw Bench    - June 19, 2020    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Chainsaw Bench ThumbnnailCarl's chainsaw bench is built like a tank. For woodturners. It was designed to make things safer. Photos & plan PDF.

  • Carl’s Downdraft Paint Booth    - August 7, 2020    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Downdraft Paint Booth ThumbnnailCarl's downdraft paint booth has eliminated most paint fumes in his studio They all go outside! Paint is sucked down onto Carl's work.

  • Carl’s Grinder Stand    - May 18, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Grinder Stand ThumbnnailCarl likes having the center of his grinder wheel 46" off the floor on a stand that he can easily move around his studio.

  • Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a MODERN set of woodturning tools for new turners. A set for mostly bowls, hollow forms, and whimsy. With a little spindle turning here and there.

  • Carl’s Tool Rest Design    - May 29, 2020    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Tool Rest Design ThumbnnailCarl prefers, woodturning tools rests with a 1/2" wide, almost flat area on top of the tool rest. Like his VB36 tool rests. Photos and plan PDF.

  • Carl’s Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Travel Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's Travel Woodturning Tool Set. A set that can be EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. Carl also recommends this set for new turners.

  • Carl’s Turntable for Finishing    - January 1, 2022    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s Turntable for Finishing ThumbnnailCarl made his own turntable. He often uses it when painting and finishing things. It really helps him get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

  • Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig    - November 20, 2019    [Carl's Tools]

    Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "TV Hollowing" demo. Carl uses a Trent Bosch Hollowing Stabilizer rig with a Rolly Munro cutter head.

  • Golden Ratio Calipers    - March 13, 2022    [Carl's Tools]

    Golden Ratio Calipers ThumbnnailCarl made a set of "Golden Ratio Calipers". He likes to use the "Golden Ratio" (1.618…) when turning hollow forms and wide rim plates. It allows him to create things with pleasing proportions found in nature.

  • Guitar String Wire Burners    - January 13, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Guitar String Wire Burners ThumbnnailQuick Tip: If you use Acoustic Guitar Wire Burners to friction burn lines with the lathe running they work better than Piano Wire. What size wire? How to make your own.

  • Handy Rod for Oneway Live Center    - November 12, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Handy Rod for Oneway Live Center ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl installs or remove cones on his Oneway Live Center with a HANDY rod attached to his lathe tailstock.

  • More Bosch Stabilizer Holes    - May 9, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    More Bosch Stabilizer Holes ThumbnnailCarl added 10 more fulcrum pin holes to his Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer. Now there is always a hole in the right location! This really saves time and makes hollowing a lot more fun!

  • Octagon Template Cuts Corners    - December 28, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Octagon Template Cuts Corners ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Octagon Template & Jig" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Carl uses a simple Octagon Template and Jig to cut the corners off of plate or shallow bowl blanks.

  • Sharpening & Buffing Lathe Attachment    - February 25, 2022    [Carl's Tools]

    Sharpening & Buffing Lathe Attachment ThumbnnailCarl created a "Sharpening and Buffing Attachment" for his wood lathe. It is cheap and easy to make. He uses it to sharpen his wood carving gouges and to buff his metal spinning tools.

  • Short Quick Release Tool Handle    - May 15, 2021    [Carl's Tools]

    Short Quick Release Tool Handle ThumbnnailCarl's 10" long Quick Release Tool Handle. A 10" version of the 16" long 5/8" Quick Release Tool Handle made by Jimmy Clewes. Step by step photos.

  • Vacuum Chucks Demo    - January 1, 2006    [Carl's Tools]

    Vacuum Chucks Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Vacuum Chucks" demo. What are they? What are they good for? What do I need to set up my own Vacuum Chuck System? How can I keep the cost down?


Dust Collection (5) [category/dust_collection]

  • Better Blast Gate Micro Switch    - June 19, 2021    [Dust Collection]

    Better Blast Gate Micro Switch ThumbnnailCarl has replaced the micro switches on his dust gates with better micro switches from Digi-Key part number LS0851506F045S1A-ND.

  • Big Gulp Dust Hood    - February 2, 2014    [Dust Collection]

    Big Gulp Dust Hood ThumbnnailCarl recommends the "Big Gulp Dust Hood" from PSI (Penn State Industries). Sold thru Amazon, Rockler, etc. I have tried others and I have made my own. I like the Big Gulp best.

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Dust Collection]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

  • Linear Actuator Blast Gate (12v DC)    - September 6, 2021    [Dust Collection]

    Linear Actuator Blast Gate (12v DC) ThumbnnailLooking for a cheaper alternative to iVAC Blast Gates? Simple, reliable, easy to install, lowcost? 12 volt DC Linear Actuators are the answer!

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Dust Collection]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnnailQuick Tip: A little blower is great for quick clean up. I just blow all the saw dust and shavings off of my lathes onto the floor and then sweep or vacuum them up.


Finshes (10) [category/finshes]

Paints, Clear Finishes, Airbrushes, etc

  • 8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter    - November 29, 2019    [Finshes]

    8” Buffing Wheel, 4” Bowl Buff, and 8” Long Buffing Adapter ThumbnnailCarl's new source for the buffing wheels he recommends in his “Great Polyurethane Finishes" handout.

  • Blue & Purple Masking Tape    - July 26, 2020    [Finshes]

    Blue & Purple Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recently started using the new 3M Scotch "Delicate Surface Painter's Tape #2080" Purple masking tape. He likes it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer.

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Finshes]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnnailCarl likes the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. He has been using them for the last 4-5 years and is am very happy.

  • Carl’s Turntable for Finishing    - January 1, 2022    [Finshes]

    Carl’s Turntable for Finishing ThumbnnailCarl made his own turntable. He often uses it when painting and finishing things. It really helps him get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

  • Good Cheap Masking Tape    - September 17, 2021    [Finshes]

    Good Cheap Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recommends Blick brand masking tape from Dick Blick on the web. It is a bit on the thin side but it works good and the price is reasonable.

  • Great Polyurethane Finishes    - January 10, 2013    [Finshes]

    Great Polyurethane Finishes ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Great Polyurethane Finishes" demo. Do you want to learn how to get a great tough “Baby Bottom Smooth” finish with only 2 coats of Polyurethane?

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Finshes]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnnailCarl's take on Steel Wool. Carl uses Nylon Mesh Rolls from McMaster-Carr. Part numbers for "Carl Ford" Course, Medium and Fine.

  • Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint    - October 9, 2021    [Finshes]

    Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint ThumbnnailCarl recommends paint brushes and acrylic paint for painting on the wood lathe with the lathe running.

  • Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo    - August 18, 2008    [Finshes]

    Painting On The Lathe For Dummies Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Painting On the Lathe" demo. Painting with the lathe running is easy! It is a great way to spice up and make beautiful artwork out of boring cheap wood.

  • Pistol Style Airbrush    - September 12, 2020    [Finshes]

    Pistol  Style Airbrush ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Pistol Style Airbrush for people who have trouble with a trigger on top style airbrush.


Galleries (2) [category/galleries]

  • “Craters and Sun” for AAW Live Auction    - May 23, 2014    [Galleries]

    “Craters and Sun” for AAW  Live Auction ThumbnnailCarl's "Craters and Sun" square bowl was 1 of 30 pieces featured in the 2014 AAW Symposium Saturday Night Banquet Live Action.

  • Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery    - December 2, 2014    [Galleries]

    Featured in AAW Members’ Gallery ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Members' Gallery" section of AAW magazine PDF. Carl's artwork was featured in the August 2014 issue of "American Woodturner" the Journal of the American Association of Woodturners.


Great Ideas (11) [category/great-ideas]

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    - January 26, 2014    [Great Ideas]

    C-Line Sheet Protectors ThumbnnailCarl uses a "C-Line Sheet Protector" to protect his reference papers while turning. The Neon Orange color makes it easy to find. It is made of tough clear plastic with a nice grommet that allows me to hang it up.

  • Carl’s Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Carl’s Travel Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's Travel Woodturning Tool Set. A set that can be EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. Carl also recommends this set for new turners.

  • Get A Grip    - November 7, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Get A Grip ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Get A Grip" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Adding a layer of elastic mesh sleeve to a tool handle is a cheap and easy way to get a better grip.

  • Handy Sandpaper    - January 7, 2015    [Great Ideas]

    Handy Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl shows how he keeps his sandpaper handy and organized. With 1/8" plywood boards he can hang up and take over to the lathe. Sandpaper organization tips.

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    - October 28, 2017    [Great Ideas]

    Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl keeps his Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of his lathe. Photos and how to.

  • Label Your Tools    - October 2, 2014    [Great Ideas]

    Label Your Tools ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Add labels to the ferrules of your woodturning tools with the name of tool, and sharpening info. For example "Ellsworth - 2".

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Great Ideas]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

  • More Bosch Stabilizer Holes    - May 9, 2021    [Great Ideas]

    More Bosch Stabilizer Holes ThumbnnailCarl added 10 more fulcrum pin holes to his Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer. Now there is always a hole in the right location! This really saves time and makes hollowing a lot more fun!

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Great Ideas]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Drilled Chucking Recess" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. A 2-1/2″ diameter hole is an easy and secure way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe.

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    - February 2, 2013    [Great Ideas]

    Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements ThumbnnailQuick Tips: 1. Use a Longer Bar on Oneway Chuck Handle. 2. Add a Shaft Collar to Wolverine Vee-Arm

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Great Ideas]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnnailQuick Tip: A little blower is great for quick clean up. I just blow all the saw dust and shavings off of my lathes onto the floor and then sweep or vacuum them up.


Misc (4) [category/misc]

  • Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners    - May 28, 2021    [Misc]

    Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners ThumbnnailCarl often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1" = 25.4mm. His advice is to forget about the 0.4mm! Carl does the MM to inches conversion in his head using this method.

  • Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals    - January 20, 2019    [Misc]

    Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals ThumbnnailCarl recommends Zon (brand) hand exercisers for woodturners who need to improve their hand strength. The Zon ones are good for mere mortals.

  • Retired from IBM    - August 31, 2016    [Misc]

    Retired from IBM ThumbnnailCarl voluntarily retired from IBM after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days. He is looking forward to his 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.

  • Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives    - February 28, 2019    [Misc]

    Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives ThumbnnailCarl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.


Obsolete (1) [category/obsolete]

  • Stikit Sandpaper    - November 20, 2014    [Obsolete]

    Stikit Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl has changed to use sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than “Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper”


  • 1st Bowl on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Popular]

    1st Bowl on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe second thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a Live Edge Bowl. No problems. Step by step photos. Live edge bowls put a lot of stress on a lathe because they are out of balance from start to finish.

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Popular]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe third thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a Hollow Form Vase. No big problems. Step by step photos. Hollow forms put a lot of stress on the lathe headstock when you are hollowing them out.

  • 1st Plate on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Popular]

    1st Plate on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe first thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a plate. It was a pleasure. Step by step photos.

  • Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Popular]

    Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a MODERN set of woodturning tools for new turners. A set for mostly bowls, hollow forms, and whimsy. With a little spindle turning here and there.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Popular]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailCarl's Powermatic 2014 Lathe setup and REAL WORLD review. Photos, experience, opinion and measurements, for people interested in purchasing a PM 2014 Lathe.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe Stand    - April 18, 2021    [Popular]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe Stand ThumbnnailHow Carl beefed up a Harbor Freight Workbench to create a GOOD Stand (Bench) with drawers for his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe. Step by step photos.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B    - March 13, 2018    [Popular]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B ThumbnnailCarl's Powermatic 3520C Lathe setup and review. Photos, experience, opinion and measurements, for people interested in purchasing a PM 3520C lathe.

  • Carl’s Studio July 2015    - August 2, 2015    [Popular]

    Carl’s Studio July 2015 ThumbnnailPhotos of Carl's Woodturning Studio. A picture is worth a thousand words.

  • Carl’s Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Popular]

    Carl’s Travel Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's Travel Woodturning Tool Set. A set that can be EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. Carl also recommends this set for new turners.

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Popular]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    - July 31, 2015    [Popular]

    So you want to buy a lathe?    A real lathe? ThumbnnailCarl's unbiased comparison, review and recommendation of Woodturning Lathes for people who are interested in purchasing a real lathe. Powermatic, Oneway, Vicmarc, Robust, Laguna, Jet, and Nova lathes. 110 vs 220 volts. Lathes that Carl does not recommend.

  • Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives    - February 28, 2019    [Popular]

    Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives ThumbnnailCarl reviews Turning Smocks and suggests some low cost alternatives. Get one before nature calls or "She Who Must be Obeyed" outlaws woodturning due to shavings in the house.


Projects (10) [category/projects]

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 20, 2018    [Projects]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailThe second thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a nice cherry hollow form.

  • 1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - March 22, 2018    [Projects]

    1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailThe first thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a plate bowl. A plate with a little bowl in the center. Carl likes to turn this shape and then use it as a canvas that he can decorate.

  • A Modern Lamp for any Table    - August 1, 2021    [Projects]

    A Modern Lamp for any Table ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "A Modern Lamp for any Table" AAW magazine article PDF. How to turn a wooden lamp that looks great! A skill building project.

  • AAW Turning of the Week    - March 6, 2019    [Projects]

    AAW Turning of the Week ThumbnnailCarl's Pennsylvania Dutch Cake Stand was just selected as the "AAW Turning of the Week" on 3/6/2019.

  • Antique Candlestick Demo    - February 28, 2014    [Projects]

    Antique Candlestick Demo ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for "Antique Candlesticks" demo. Turning new Antique Candlesticks is a great way to improve your spindle turning skills and use up scraps of wood.

  • Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl    - January 26, 2019    [Projects]

    Carl’s Cactus Plate Bowl ThumbnnailCarl shows the inspiration for his Ric Rac Orchid Cactus Plate/Bowl and how he created it using the sgraffito process he learned from Al Stirt.

  • Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class    - October 9, 2019    [Projects]

    Carl’s Woodturning Workshop Class Thumbnnail“Class Information, Suggested Projects for Beginners and the Fine Print” for Carl's long running and very popular Woodturning Workshop Class. In Carl's Studio in Poughkeepsie NY.

  • Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge    - December 29, 2018    [Projects]

    Nutmeg 2×4 Challenge ThumbnnailCarl's bowl that he turned from a 2x4 for the January 2014 "Nutmeg 2x4 Challenge". Step by step photos and suggestions.

  • Turning Bottle Stoppers    - May 28, 2013    [Projects]

    Turning Bottle Stoppers ThumbnnailCarl turns a Bottle Stopper. Step by step photos. Turning Bottle Stoppers is a great way to improve your turning skills. It is also a great way to use up little scraps of wood or experiment with exotic woods.

  • Viking Sunset Bowl    - December 19, 2018    [Projects]

    Viking Sunset Bowl ThumbnnailPhotos of Nick Agar style Viking Sunset Bowl made by Carl. Quick intro to airbrushes and cheap airbrush advice.


Suppliers (12) [category/suppliers]

  • Blue & Purple Masking Tape    - July 26, 2020    [Suppliers]

    Blue & Purple Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recently started using the new 3M Scotch "Delicate Surface Painter's Tape #2080" Purple masking tape. He likes it. It works good on top of a layer of sealer.

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Suppliers]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnnailCarl likes the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. He has been using them for the last 4-5 years and is am very happy.

  • C-Line Sheet Protectors    - January 26, 2014    [Suppliers]

    C-Line Sheet Protectors ThumbnnailCarl uses a "C-Line Sheet Protector" to protect his reference papers while turning. The Neon Orange color makes it easy to find. It is made of tough clear plastic with a nice grommet that allows me to hang it up.

  • Good Cheap Masking Tape    - September 17, 2021    [Suppliers]

    Good Cheap Masking Tape ThumbnnailCarl recommends Blick brand masking tape from Dick Blick on the web. It is a bit on the thin side but it works good and the price is reasonable.

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnnailCarl is now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than "Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper".

  • McMaster-Carr    - February 22, 2013    [Suppliers]

    McMaster-Carr ThumbnnailPeople are always asking me where did you get that? And, my answer is always “Mcmaster”. Mcmaster-Carr is an old time industrial supply company with a very efficient modern business model.

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - March 5, 2014    [Suppliers]

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnnailCarl likes to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of his lathe to drill holes. Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Suppliers]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnnailCarl's take on Steel Wool. Carl uses Nylon Mesh Rolls from McMaster-Carr. Part numbers for "Carl Ford" Course, Medium and Fine.

  • Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint    - October 9, 2021    [Suppliers]

    Paint Brushes & Acrylic Paint ThumbnnailCarl recommends paint brushes and acrylic paint for painting on the wood lathe with the lathe running.

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Suppliers]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnnailCarl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.

  • RG45 Gas Welding Rod    - November 12, 2021    [Suppliers]

    RG45 Gas Welding Rod ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl keeps a good supply of RG45 Gas Welding Rod on hand. He uses it to hang things up and lots of other things.

  • West System 5 Minute Epoxy    - September 4, 2020    [Suppliers]

    West System 5 Minute Epoxy ThumbnnailCarl uses West System 5 minute epoxy. He is saving money and he likes the West System stuff a lot better than the ubiquitous 2 part syringes from local hardware store.


Tools Carving (6) [category/tools-carving]

  • 3M Roloc Bristle Disc    - October 30, 2020    [Tools Carving]

    3M Roloc Bristle Disc ThumbnnailCarl is now using "3M ROLOC Bristle Discs" to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

  • Carl’s Carving Stand    - December 27, 2021    [Tools Carving]

    Carl’s Carving Stand ThumbnnailCarl's Carving Stand is bare bones simple and works good! You can make your own. It allows you to easily carve any piece of work attached to a wood lathe chuck or faceplate.

  • New Power Carving Burs 2021    - November 21, 2021    [Tools Carving]

    New Power Carving Burs 2021 ThumbnnailCarl discovers and reviews Manpa Concave Eye Cutters, Manpa Mini Triangle & Round Cutters, Rotary Chisels, and Maillefer Concave Cutter Burrs.

  • Power Carving Textures    - January 8, 2017    [Tools Carving]

    Power Carving Textures ThumbnnailCarl's take on carving textures with Reciprocating and Rotary Power Carving Tools. Recommended Burrs, Gouges, Layout, Cleaning up with Bristle Discs, etc.

  • Round Ball Carving Burrs    - November 22, 2020    [Tools Carving]

    Round Ball Carving Burrs ThumbnnailGood, but not great, round ball carving burrs from Rio Grande. 3/16" and bigger.

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    - November 9, 2019    [Tools Carving]

    Sanding Wheel Brush ThumbnnailCarl recommends “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. They are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs”. Cheaper & last longer.


Tools Chucks (9) [category/tools-chucks]

  • Best Drive Center    - November 14, 2014    [Tools Chucks]

    Best Drive Center ThumbnnailThe “Nova Jumbo Spur Center” use to be the best 2 or 4 prong drive center in Carl's not so humble opinion. However, he now likes the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” better.

  • Carl’s Custom Centering Cones    - January 1, 2008    [Tools Chucks]

    Carl’s Custom Centering Cones ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Centering Cones" AAW magazine article PDF. What they are. Why live center cones are useful. How to make your own out of UHMW.

  • Collet Chuck Revisited    - June 5, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Collet Chuck Revisited ThumbnnailA metal working "Straight Shank ER32 Collet Holder" on Amazon is a cheaper alternative to the pricey Apprentice or Beall Collet Chucks available in the woodturning world.

  • Collet Chucks    - March 19, 2013    [Tools Chucks]

    Collet Chucks ThumbnnailCarl finds collet chucks convenient for holding small work. It is very easy to mount a chunk of dowel as a turning blank. Carl reviews 2 poplar brands of collet chucks.

  • Foam Cole Jaws    - April 8, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Foam Cole Jaws ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Foam Cole Jaws" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. Sticky-back craft foam on my Jumbo Jaws helps protect a bowl’s rim when reverse-chucked to finish the bottom.

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a new woodturner. Join the AAW, Take a Class, Turning Tools, Faceplates, Drill Chuck, 4 Jaw Chuck, and Turning Smocks.

  • Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls    - November 16, 2019    [Tools Chucks]

    Mounting Plates and Shallow Bowls ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Drilled Chucking Recess" AAW magazine "tips section" PDF. A 2-1/2″ diameter hole is an easy and secure way to mount blanks for plates and shallow bowls on the lathe.

  • Oneway Big Bite Spur Center    - May 8, 2020    [Tools Chucks]

    Oneway Big Bite Spur Center ThumbnnailCarl recommends the “Oneway Big Bite Spur” center for driving big things. Big blanks for bowls or logs for hollow forms. It only costs around $20 on 5/5/2020.

  • Shopmade Collet Chuck    - November 19, 2018    [Tools Chucks]

    Shopmade Collet Chuck ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Shopmade Collet Chuck" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own custom collet chucks out of UHMW plastic.


Tools Jigs (5) [category/tools-jigs]

  • 2×4 Harbor Freight Airbrush Holder    - April 30, 2022    [Tools Jigs]

    2×4 Harbor Freight Airbrush Holder ThumbnnailQuick Tip: 2x4 airbrush holder for cheap Harbor Freight Airbrushes. Works great. You can easily move it around and store it on a shelf.

  • Carl’s Turntable for Finishing    - January 1, 2022    [Tools Jigs]

    Carl’s Turntable for Finishing ThumbnnailCarl made his own turntable. He often uses it when painting and finishing things. It really helps him get a nice even finish on things with out finger prints.

  • Circle Center Finder    - March 21, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Circle Center Finder ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Good price on 10" Round Center Finder on Amazon. Works good. Fairly well made out of 1/8" plexi with good printed lines that do not scratch off to easily.

  • Martel 4 Way Caliper    - October 25, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Martel 4 Way Caliper ThumbnnailCarl recommends the Martel 4 Way Caliper. Expensive and worth every penny! The unique shape of the Martel calipers makes them really useful for measuring the depth of things (plates, bowls and hollow forms) while they are still on the chuck!

  • Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup    - April 8, 2020    [Tools Jigs]

    Wolverine Grinder Jig Setup ThumbnnailCarl recommends the Wolverine Grinder Jig. It is the de facto standard! Here is how Carl recommends setting up your Wolverine.


Tools Lathes (15) [category/tools-lathes]

  • 1st Bowl on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Bowl on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe second thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a Live Edge Bowl. No problems. Step by step photos. Live edge bowls put a lot of stress on a lathe because they are out of balance from start to finish.

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe third thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a Hollow Form Vase. No big problems. Step by step photos. Hollow forms put a lot of stress on the lathe headstock when you are hollowing them out.

  • 1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 20, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Hollow Form on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailThe second thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a nice cherry hollow form.

  • 1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - March 22, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Plate Bowl on New Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailThe first thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 3520C Lathe was a plate bowl. A plate with a little bowl in the center. Carl likes to turn this shape and then use it as a canvas that he can decorate.

  • 1st Plate on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Lathes]

    1st Plate on New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailThe first thing Carl turned on his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe was a plate. It was a pleasure. Step by step photos.

  • A Great Little Lathe Review    - May 12, 2010    [Tools Lathes]

    A Great Little Lathe Review ThumbnnailCarl's review and recommendation of the 10" Turncrafter Lathe made and sold by Penn State Industries.

  • Bottom Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - April 25, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    Bottom Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailHow Carl added a Bottom Shelf to his new Powermatic 3520C lathe with roughly 240 lbs of stone ballast. It is really a two level shelf. With stone on the bottom and a storage shelf above.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Lathes]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe ThumbnnailCarl's Powermatic 2014 Lathe setup and REAL WORLD review. Photos, experience, opinion and measurements, for people interested in purchasing a PM 2014 Lathe.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe Stand    - April 18, 2021    [Tools Lathes]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 2014 Lathe Stand ThumbnnailHow Carl beefed up a Harbor Freight Workbench to create a GOOD Stand (Bench) with drawers for his new Powermatic 2014 Lathe. Step by step photos.

  • Carl’s New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B    - March 13, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    Carl’s New Powermatic 3520C Lathe verses My Old Powermatic 3520B ThumbnnailCarl's Powermatic 3520C Lathe setup and review. Photos, experience, opinion and measurements, for people interested in purchasing a PM 3520C lathe.

  • Carl’s Tool Rest Design    - May 29, 2020    [Tools Lathes]

    Carl’s Tool Rest Design ThumbnnailCarl prefers, woodturning tools rests with a 1/2" wide, almost flat area on top of the tool rest. Like his VB36 tool rests. Photos and plan PDF.

  • Headstock Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe    - May 7, 2018    [Tools Lathes]

    Headstock Shelf for Powermatic 3520C Lathe ThumbnnailHow Carl added a shelf to the Headstock of his new Powermatic 3520C lathe. A headstock shelf keeps everything VERY handy. A great place to store live centers, chucks, wrenches, etc.

  • Lathe Disk Sander    - March 16, 2014    [Tools Lathes]

    Lathe Disk Sander ThumbnnailA variable speed lathe makes a great VARIABLE speed disk sander. You can adjust the speed to avoid burning the end grain on woods like Cherry.

  • Revolutionary New 110 Volt Lathes    - August 15, 2020    [Tools Lathes]

    Revolutionary New 110 Volt Lathes ThumbnnailCarl is really interested in 2 new 110 volt lathes. Carl's thoughts on the new Laguna Revo 15/24 Lathe and Powermatic 2014 Lathe

  • So you want to buy a lathe? A real lathe?    - July 31, 2015    [Tools Lathes]

    So you want to buy a lathe?    A real lathe? ThumbnnailCarl's unbiased comparison, review and recommendation of Woodturning Lathes for people who are interested in purchasing a real lathe. Powermatic, Oneway, Vicmarc, Robust, Laguna, Jet, and Nova lathes. 110 vs 220 volts. Lathes that Carl does not recommend.


Tools Machines (15) [category/tools-machines]

  • Bosch Stabilizer Improvements    - May 3, 2021    [Tools Machines]

    Bosch Stabilizer Improvements ThumbnnailThree small quick and easy improvements to Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer.

  • Carl’s Grinder Stand    - May 18, 2021    [Tools Machines]

    Carl’s Grinder Stand ThumbnnailCarl likes having the center of his grinder wheel 46" off the floor on a stand that he can easily move around his studio.

  • CBN Grinder Wheels    - March 19, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    CBN Grinder Wheels ThumbnnailCarl recommends CBN wheels for newbies. They really simplify things because the size of the wheel never changes. What grit? Get a wide wheel?

  • Drill Press Vise    - October 30, 2017    [Tools Machines]

    Drill Press Vise ThumbnnailCarl recommends a drill press vice (Dayton 31LZ65) he likes. Plus a trick that allows quick and easy vice install or removal.

  • Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder    - January 27, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Low Cost Industrial Bench Grinder ThumbnnailCarl recommends a "Best Buy" industrial quality bench grinder. A Dayton 2LKR9. Why this grinder? Must be 8", Make your own grinder stand. Tool rests & grinding wheels.

  • Metal Cutting Bandsaw    - May 22, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Metal Cutting Bandsaw ThumbnnailCarl shows an affordable metal cutting bandsaw alternative. A "Portband Table" from "Swag Offroad" with a Milwaukee Portaband saw works good.

  • More Bosch Stabilizer Holes    - May 9, 2021    [Tools Machines]

    More Bosch Stabilizer Holes ThumbnnailCarl added 10 more fulcrum pin holes to his Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer. Now there is always a hole in the right location! This really saves time and makes hollowing a lot more fun!

  • Pistol Style Airbrush    - September 12, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Pistol  Style Airbrush ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Pistol Style Airbrush for people who have trouble with a trigger on top style airbrush.

  • Red Box Heater & Blue Blower    - February 8, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Red Box Heater & Blue Blower ThumbnnailCarl's take on heat for your workshop or studio. Is it time to think about investing in a heater? Are you tired of standing in a cold studio or work shop?

  • Self Centering Vise (Pen Drilling Vise)    - May 11, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Self Centering Vise (Pen Drilling Vise) ThumbnnailCarl recommends a "D4064 Self Centering Vise" made by Shop Fox for pen drilling. Rather than the wimpy and expensive vises they sell for pen drilling.

  • Small Wood Bandsaw    - May 16, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Small Wood Bandsaw ThumbnnailCarl recommends a "WEN 3939T 9-Inch Benchtop Band Saw" for small things. When you don't want to cut off your fingers on your big bandsaw with a 3 TPI blade.

  • Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements    - February 2, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Two Quick “Oneway” Improvements ThumbnnailQuick Tips: 1. Use a Longer Bar on Oneway Chuck Handle. 2. Add a Shaft Collar to Wolverine Vee-Arm

  • Woodburners & Pyrography    - April 28, 2013    [Tools Machines]

    Woodburners & Pyrography ThumbnnailCarl's take on the best Woodburners, Tips, & Books for woodturners. What he recommends for his students.

  • Woodworker II Table Saw Blade    - August 3, 2020    [Tools Machines]

    Woodworker II Table Saw Blade ThumbnnailCarl recommends a "Forrest Woodworker II" saw blade. It goes thru 2" or 3" thick maple like a hot knife thru butter. It makes cutting up plate and shallow bowl blanks a real joy.

  • Workshop Blower for Cleanup    - October 15, 2018    [Tools Machines]

    Workshop Blower for Cleanup ThumbnnailQuick Tip: A little blower is great for quick clean up. I just blow all the saw dust and shavings off of my lathes onto the floor and then sweep or vacuum them up.


Tools Misc (4) [category/tools-misc]

  • Center Drill Set    - February 14, 2022    [Tools Misc]

    Center Drill Set ThumbnnailCarl uses a "Center Drill" to create a starting hole for twist drills when he wants to drill a precise hole. Everyone should own a set of center drills.

  • Cheap Big Drills    - January 22, 2013    [Tools Misc]

    Cheap Big Drills ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Good price on "S&D Drill, 9/16" to 1" by 16ths" (8 drills) set from Victory Machinery in Brooklyn NY

  • Morse Taper Drills on Ebay    - March 5, 2014    [Tools Misc]

    Morse Taper Drills on Ebay ThumbnnailCarl likes to use Morse Taper drills in the tailstock of his lathe to drill holes. Ebay is a good place to purchase large Morse Taper drills cheap.

  • Silky Landscape Saw    - May 10, 2022    [Tools Misc]

    Silky Landscape Saw ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl recommends a Silky Gomboy 210 Landscape Saw for woodturning. He uses it to cut off the tenon on woodturnings.


Tools Sanding (15) [category/tools-sanding]

  • 3M Roloc Bristle Disc    - October 30, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    3M Roloc Bristle Disc ThumbnnailCarl is now using "3M ROLOC Bristle Discs" to clean up my carvings on almost FLAT things. You can really go at it and scrub a piece with a Roloc disc.

  • Abralon Sanding Pads    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Abralon Sanding Pads ThumbnnailCarl uses Abralon Sanding Pads to sand polyurethane, acrylic and lacquer when finishing things. Nothing else works like Abralon! Accept no substitutes!

  • Blue Flex Sanding Disks    - November 20, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Blue Flex Sanding Disks ThumbnnailCarl likes the “Blue Flex” sanding disk sold by Vince’s Wooden Wonders. He has been using them for the last 4-5 years and is am very happy.

  • Drill and Pads for Sanding    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Drill and Pads for Sanding ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Drill, Backer Pads, and Interface Pads for power sanding. See his “Blue Flex Sanding Disks” blog entry.

  • Handy Sandpaper    - January 7, 2015    [Tools Sanding]

    Handy Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl shows how he keeps his sandpaper handy and organized. With 1/8" plywood boards he can hang up and take over to the lathe. Sandpaper organization tips.

  • Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills    - October 28, 2017    [Tools Sanding]

    Hang Up your Power Sanding Drills ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl keeps his Power Sanding Drills handy by hanging them on the front of his lathe. Photos and how to.

  • Inside Bottom Sanding Stick    - May 1, 2022    [Tools Sanding]

    Inside Bottom Sanding Stick ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl makes sanding sticks out of styrofoam rather than wood. Why? It hurts a lot less if the lathe rips the sanding stick out of my hands and it hits me!

  • Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls    - December 3, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Klingspor Sandpaper Rolls ThumbnnailCarl is now using sandpaper rolls from Klingspor for all of his hand sanding. Rather than "Porter Cable Stikit Sandpaper".

  • Lathe Disk Sander    - March 16, 2014    [Tools Sanding]

    Lathe Disk Sander ThumbnnailA variable speed lathe makes a great VARIABLE speed disk sander. You can adjust the speed to avoid burning the end grain on woods like Cherry.

  • Mirka Autonet Sandpaper    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Mirka Autonet Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl recommends Mirka Autonet Sandpaper rather than Abranet. Autonet is virtually the same and cheaper. Autonet makes sanding WET wood possible!

  • Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool)    - September 11, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Nylon Mesh Sanding Rolls (aka Synthetic Steel Wool) ThumbnnailCarl's take on Steel Wool. Carl uses Nylon Mesh Rolls from McMaster-Carr. Part numbers for "Carl Ford" Course, Medium and Fine.

  • Red Siasoft Sandpaper    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Red Siasoft Sandpaper ThumbnnailCarl recommends "Siasoft Red Foam Backed" sandpaper. It is tougher than nails and works great on spindle turnings and wet wood. You can wash it out with water. Then reuse it over and over.

  • Sanding Cheat Sheet    - April 1, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Cheat Sheet ThumbnnailCarl's "Sanding Cheat Sheet" ties all of his sanding blog entries together. Wet Wood? Then use ... Already Finished? Spindle Turning? Bowl or Hollow Form?

  • Sanding Wet Wood    - March 31, 2020    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Wet Wood ThumbnnailCarl has developed a method that allows him to defy old school wisdom and sand wet wood. He friction dries with Siasoft then sands with Autonet.

  • Sanding Wheel Brush    - November 9, 2019    [Tools Sanding]

    Sanding Wheel Brush ThumbnnailCarl recommends “Sanding Wheel Brushes” from McMaster-Carr. They are a good alternative to the “3M Radial Bristle Discs”. Cheaper & last longer.


Tools Studio (6) [category/tools-studio]

  • Better Floor Sweep    - June 12, 2021    [Tools Studio]

    Better Floor Sweep ThumbnnailCarl likes the Powertec model #70282 floor sweep. Because the handle is EASILY adjustable! No more disagreements with tall students.

  • Face Shields    - April 22, 2019    [Tools Studio]

    Face Shields ThumbnnailCarl reviews face shields. Face shields are HIGHLY PERSONAL. Therefore you should try before you buy. What are your options? Powered vs non powered. Etc.

  • Floor Mats    - December 18, 2019    [Tools Studio]

    Floor Mats ThumbnnailCarl recommends “Rubber-Cal Dura-Chef" floor mats. Good tough Anti-Fatigue mats that stay put. Not to soft or hard. Affordable with Amazon Prime free shipping.

  • Gojo Supro Max    - September 9, 2020    [Tools Studio]

    Gojo Supro Max ThumbnnailCarl recommends Gojo Supro Max. It removes almost all of the paint and stains from his hands. It leaves his hands feeling good. Better than Gojo Citrus Orange.

  • Lathe Shower Curtains    - March 26, 2015    [Tools Studio]

    Lathe Shower Curtains ThumbnnailTip: CLOTH Shower Curtains are great for quick clean up. Make your own hooks and track (EMT pipe) to minimize the cost. Cloth! No plastic!

  • Ram Board Workbench Cover    - February 27, 2015    [Tools Studio]

    Ram Board Workbench Cover ThumbnnailCarl uses "Ram Board" cardboard to cover his work benches. Its tough. It works great! Comes in 38" by 50' rolls. Sold at big box hardware stores.


Turning Tools (18) [category/turning-tools]

  • Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II    - November 25, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    Better Bolt for Munro Hollower II ThumbnnailCarl recommends a Low Head Socket Head Cap Screw from McMaster. It works better than the cap screw shipped with Munro Hollower II.

  • Bosch Stabilizer Improvements    - May 3, 2021    [Turning Tools]

    Bosch Stabilizer Improvements ThumbnnailThree small quick and easy improvements to Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer.

  • Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe    - February 27, 2022    [Turning Tools]

    Burnishing Tool for Wood Lathe ThumbnnailCarl uses a home made burnisher to burnish the textures that he creates with his Sorby Spiraling and Texture Tool. Making a burnisher is easy and cheap.

  • Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set    - February 12, 2015    [Turning Tools]

    Carl’s Modern Woodturning Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a MODERN set of woodturning tools for new turners. A set for mostly bowls, hollow forms, and whimsy. With a little spindle turning here and there.

  • Carl’s Travel Tool Set    - December 2, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    Carl’s Travel Tool Set ThumbnnailCarl's Travel Woodturning Tool Set. A set that can be EASILY take to demos, club meetings and symposiums. Carl also recommends this set for new turners.

  • Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig    - November 20, 2019    [Turning Tools]

    Carl’s TV Hollowing Rig ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "TV Hollowing" demo. Carl uses a Trent Bosch Hollowing Stabilizer rig with a Rolly Munro cutter head.

  • Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool    - April 13, 2020    [Turning Tools]

    Crown Verses Sorby Spiraling & Texturing Tool ThumbnnailCarl likes the Crown Spiraling tool better than the Sorby. Why? Wheel comparison chart. How to add a knob to improve the Crown or Sorby tool.

  • Custom Tool Handles    - May 10, 2015    [Turning Tools]

    Custom Tool Handles ThumbnnailLink to Carl's "Custom Tool Handles" AAW magazine article PDF. How to make your own Custom Tool Handles from PVC Pipe and Heat Shrinkable Fabric or Elastic Mesh Sleeve.

  • D-Way Negative Rake Scraper    - April 23, 2022    [Turning Tools]

    D-Way Negative Rake Scraper ThumbnnailCarl likes and recommends D-Way Tools (brand) 1" Long & Strong Curved NEG Rake Scraper BM-NRS-34-LSC.

  • Gouge Sharpening Templates    - May 17, 2013    [Turning Tools]

    Gouge Sharpening Templates ThumbnnailLink to Carl's PDF handout for his "Sharpening Templates". For Ellsworth, Stirt, Jordan, and Hosaluk gouge grinds. Use with Wolverine and Ellsworth jigs.

  • Label Your Tools    - October 2, 2014    [Turning Tools]

    Label Your Tools ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Add labels to the ferrules of your woodturning tools with the name of tool, and sharpening info. For example "Ellsworth - 2".

  • Lathe Accessories for a New Turner    - February 5, 2019    [Turning Tools]

    Lathe Accessories for a New Turner ThumbnnailCarl's suggestions for a new woodturner. Join the AAW, Take a Class, Turning Tools, Faceplates, Drill Chuck, 4 Jaw Chuck, and Turning Smocks.

  • More Bosch Stabilizer Holes    - May 9, 2021    [Turning Tools]

    More Bosch Stabilizer Holes ThumbnnailCarl added 10 more fulcrum pin holes to his Trent Bosch Hollowing Tool Stabilizer. Now there is always a hole in the right location! This really saves time and makes hollowing a lot more fun!

  • Munro Carbide Cutter    - November 8, 2017    [Turning Tools]

    Munro Carbide Cutter ThumbnnailCarl's recommends using low cost carbide cutters from "Az Carbide". Carbide cutters are a great investment because they speed up your learning process.

  • Narrow & Parting Tools in General    - October 2, 2020    [Turning Tools]

    Narrow & Parting Tools in General ThumbnnailCarl's take on Woodturning Narrow Parting Tools and Parting Tools in general. There are better alternatives to the standard narrow woodturning parting tools generally available in the US.

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Turning Tools]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnnailPhotos of Cedar Vases made by Carl with his new Sorby Ring Tool. Turned out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding.

  • Short Quick Release Tool Handle    - May 15, 2021    [Turning Tools]

    Short Quick Release Tool Handle ThumbnnailCarl's 10" long Quick Release Tool Handle. A 10" version of the 16" long 5/8" Quick Release Tool Handle made by Jimmy Clewes. Step by step photos.

  • Turning Tools Bag    - October 2, 2014    [Turning Tools]

    Turning Tools Bag ThumbnnailCarl recommends "Pie Iron" storage bag for turning tools. They are the right size for transporting turning tools to club meetings, etc.


Videos (3) [category/videos]

  • Craft in America on Create TV    - December 22, 2013    [Videos]

    Craft in America on Create TV ThumbnnailCarl recommends "Craft in America" TV show. He really like the forge and potters episodes. Often things done by clay potters are easy to translate into Woodturning

  • Hosaluk Woodturning DVD    - December 5, 2014    [Videos]

    Hosaluk Woodturning DVD ThumbnnailCarl recommends "The Art of Hosaluk in Woodturning DVD" by Michael Hosaluk. It covers lots of good stuff. The $60 price is releasable for 2 very long DVDs.

  • New Ring Tool    - December 20, 2018    [Videos]

    New Ring Tool ThumbnnailPhotos of Cedar Vases made by Carl with his new Sorby Ring Tool. Turned out of green Cedar logs. What you see is what came off the tool. NO sanding.


Wood (2) [category/wood]

  • Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database    - January 26, 2015    [Wood]

    Hard Versus Soft Maple – The Wood Database ThumbnnailQuick Tip: Carl's rant on "Hard" vs "Soft" Maple. People often say they have hard maple when it is soft. Look up the difference in Wood Database.

  • Woodworker II Table Saw Blade    - August 3, 2020    [Wood]

    Woodworker II Table Saw Blade ThumbnnailCarl recommends a "Forrest Woodworker II" saw blade. It goes thru 2" or 3" thick maple like a hot knife thru butter. It makes cutting up plate and shallow bowl blanks a real joy.


Currently there are 157 posts in Carl's blog. Posts may be assigned to more than one category. Currently there are 29 categories on this page with 281 posts.


Website & Blog Pages (17)

  • Welcome to Carl's Website & Blog    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Welcome to Carl's Website & Blog ThumbnailCarl produces one of a kind turned, carved, burned and painted wood vessels. His current obsession is Big, Bold, Surface Decoration. He also loves to turn natural edge vases and jazzing up wood turnings with lots of color.

  • CarlFordWoodturner on Instagram    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    CarlFordWoodturner on Instagram ThumbnailPlease check out my "CarlFordWoodturner" account on Instagram and follow it! I try to post one new high quality photo of my artwork per day.

  • Carl Ford Woodturner on Facebook    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl Ford Woodturner on Facebook ThumbnailCarl is "Carl Ford Woodturner" on Facebook. He is not a big fan of Facebook. He likes Instagram. Check out "CarlFordWoodturner" on Instagram!

  • CarlFordWoodturner on Pinterest    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    CarlFordWoodturner on Pinterest ThumbnailCarl is "CarlFordWoodturner" on Pinterest. He is also "CarlFordWoodturner" on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook!

  • Photo Gallery of Carl's Wood Art    - May 6, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Photo Gallery of Carl's Wood Art ThumbnailLinks to Carl's Artwork on his "CarlFordWoodturner" Instagram page and his "CarlFordWoodturner" Etsy shop.

  • Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art    - May 1, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Pinterest Gallery of Carl's Wood Art ThumbnailPhoto Gallery of Carl Ford's "Eye Popping Hand Turned Wood Art". User friendly front end (no login required) to Carl's gallery on Pinterest.

  • Carl' Woodturning Blog Intro    - May 8, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl' Woodturning Blog Intro ThumbnailCarl started his own woodturning blog in 2013. Why? 1. Carl has good ideas that he would like to share with others. 2. Carl often finds new tools, etc that work well and he would like to share with others. ...

  • Popular Blog Posts    - May 21, 2021    [Website Pages]

    Popular Blog Posts ThumbnailA short summary of Popular Blog Posts on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog. Carl's new Powermatic 3520C lathe, Carl's Modern Tools set, etc.

  • All Posts by Category    - January 15, 2022    [Website Pages]

    All Posts by Category ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Category on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog. Text only. You can just view the text or search on this page.

  • All Post by Category - NO Thumbnails    - January 15, 2022    [Website Pages]

    All Post by Category - NO Thumbnails ThumbnailA short summary of All Blog Posts by Category on Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog. Text only. You can just view the text or search on this page.

  • Subscribe to Carl's Woodturning Blog    - May 28, 2021    [Website Pages]

    Subscribe to Carl's Woodturning Blog ThumbnailSubscribe to Carl Ford's Woodturning Blog if you want to receive an email when Carl makes a new blog entry.

  • Carl's Woodturning Classes & Calendar    - April 22, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Woodturning Classes & Calendar ThumbnailCalendar of Woodturning Classes taught by Carl Ford and events (symposiums, shows, etc.) that Carl will be attending.

  • Carl's Woodturning Studio    - January 22, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Woodturning Studio ThumbnailIntro to Carl's Studio with photos and directions to Carl's Woodturning Studio for Classes, etc.

  • Carl's Resources For Students - Tools, Jigs, Handouts    - May 11, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Resources For Students - Tools, Jigs, Handouts ThumbnailA short summary and links to Carl's Teaching Handouts. All on the same same page to make things easier to find. You can "search" on this page for what you want.

  • Carl Ford's Woodturning Resume    - January 17, 2021    [Website Pages]

    Carl Ford's Woodturning Resume ThumbnailCarl's Woodturning Resume in PDF and HTML format. Carl's objective. Carl's experience. Classes taken by Carl. Symposiums attended by Carl. Etc.

  • Carl's Contact Information    - May 6, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Carl's Contact Information ThumbnailHow to contact Carl. By EMAIL please! Locator map for Poughkeepsie NY, Directions to Carl's Woodturning Studio in Poughkeepse NY.

  • Kaatskill Woodturners    - January 22, 2022    [Website Pages]

    Kaatskill Woodturners ThumbnailThe Kaatskill Woodturners have moved there club info and events to the "Groupworks Club Management Platform" at https://app.groupworks.com/#/groups/996/posts


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