I have been turning wood for "a score, and more". Doing business as "The Lathe-meister", I market my work in various Art & Craft Shows throughout the Mid-Atlantic region and in local specialty shops. My work has been displayed in several galleries. I also dabble in many other interests, but we can delve into those later another time.
years ago I’d never have dreamed being
busy with an income-producing craft/art
hobby. That was when I was adding ‘lathe’
to the end of my Christmas list (our family
traditionally makes lists for each other
– it saves the aggravation of shopping,
of which many men suffer). One year I wasn’t
predisposed towards making such a list.
So, I just put down ‘lathe’.
Of all things, my wife bought me one! At
the time I viewed it as a ‘fun’
machine, on which to make some whimsical
things. Had I known my future involvement
with this fascinating tool, I’d have
bought myself one years earlier.
For the under-initiated,
a lathe is an instrument to which you can
attach a piece of wood and give it a whirl.
Belt driven by a motor, it causes the wood
to spin wildly. In fact, that’s part
of the initiation process. In short order,
one learns to appreciate rapid spinning,
much more than wild spinning. By applying
a sharp tool to the wood, while it is rapidly
spinning, usually anywhere from a couple
hundred rpm to 3-4,000 rpm, the wood can
be shaped into myriad designs.