Category Archives: Misc

Maple Log Delivery 12/2022

Photo: Maple Log Delivery 12/2022 1 Now this is the way you should have your logs delivered!

I just had 2 big White Pine trees removed in my back side yard by Osorio Tree Service. The owner is interested in Woodturning. He took away the crappy pine logs and gave me a couple of nice maple logs. Continue reading Maple Log Delivery 12/2022

Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners

Photo: Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners 1
Photo: Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners 1

Updated: 9/8/2022.

I recently discovered “” mm to inch converter. I like it because it shows you a table with all the surrounding mm conversions and how close they are to your input mm value. See photo above on right and details at the bottom of this blog entry.

Woodturners in the US often have to deal with Millimetres. Bowl gouges made in Europe are often 12mm
rather than 1/2″. Etc.

I often see Woodturners get all twisted up by 1″ = 25.4mm.   My advice is to forget about the 0.4mm!
Continue reading Carl’s “MM to Inches” for Woodturners

Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

Updated: 5/12/2022. I wrote this blog entry roughly 3 years ago. Google says it is poplar. Thus, I am updating it to say things have not really changed much in the last 3 years. Well, yea prices have gone up.

I updated some links. I don’t have time to update all the prices. They have gone up by roughly $5 to $10.

Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives Photo: Turning Smocks 1

Over the years I have owned a number of different turning smocks. Here are MY thoughts.

Sooner or later every turner decides they need a turning smock. Because, sooner or later nature calls and you just don’t have time to shed all the wood chips, etc. She who must be obeyed, has a no wood chips in the house policy!

In A Nutshell

I like the AAW Turning Smock best. I absolutely HATE the blue color. The dark grey one is not a whole lot better. But, I have found the lightweight, short sleeve and roomy design works best. It is easy to get on and off. It easily sheds wood chips. Continue reading Turning Smocks & Low Cost Alternatives

Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals

Photo: Hand Exercisers for Mere Mortals 1
A few years ago I realized I needed to improve my hand strength if I wanted to be a better turner. Thus, I purchased a set of “Zon Resistance Strength Hand Grips” from Amazon for $7. I use them in the morning while I am riding my exercise bike. They give my hands a good work out. I like em. They have improved my turning.

When I was a kid my uncle had a set of these that you needed to be Superman to use. They were made for weight lifting, etc. The Zon ones I have are good for mere mortals. The resistance is enough, but not to much.

Retired from IBM


Today 8/31/2016 was my last day at IBM.  I started on 6/13/1983.

I voluntarily retired after 33 years, 2 months and 19 days.  Approximately 8347 working days (no weekends or public holidays).

I am looking forward to my 2nd career as a full time Studio Woodturner.