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by Mike Cruz
Thu Nov 16, 2017 6:16 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: WIP well nearly
Replies: 10
Views: 121

Re: WIP well nearly

I don't see any reason that this won't bring a positive outcome, Hughie. This is as fine a piece as you've made. My comment about it not being my favorite is only a preference thing...
by Mike Cruz
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:10 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: WIP well nearly
Replies: 10
Views: 121

Re: WIP well nearly

Cool that you are creating new spirals, Hughie. I admit, this isn't my favorite, but they don't all have to be! Yes, I do like it, though... Anyone ending up with this will HAVE to be happy as a barrel of peaches (not that anyone has ever made that kind of analogy before...but you can imagine how ha...
by Mike Cruz
Mon Nov 13, 2017 7:53 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Twisted- Winner TOTW 11-19-2017
Replies: 13
Views: 174

Re: Twisted

This is, in its simplicity (not easy, I'm sure...but not as 'complicated' as others you've done), very intriguing. I cannot help but see a pelvis and and ear...but I don't mean that disrespectfully. Holy cow...after writing my comments, I went back and read what others wrote. Not only was the ear re...
by Mike Cruz
Sun Nov 12, 2017 3:34 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Going to the top- Winner TOTW 11-12-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Going to the top- Winner TOTW 11-12-2017

Chuck, your tops are the tops!
by Mike Cruz
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:00 am
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Titan or Super Nova 2 chuck repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Titan or Super Nova 2 chuck repairs

Hughie, you can't get them on eBay? That's where the guy does most of his business. Maybe he doesn't do international shipping...

Oh, and sorry!!!!!!!!! I thought Chuck started this thread for some reason. :oops: Couldn't have been hitting the sauce or anything... :roll:
by Mike Cruz
Thu Nov 09, 2017 10:32 pm
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Titan or Super Nova 2 chuck repairs
Replies: 7
Views: 101

Re: Titan or Super Nova 2 chuck repairs

Chuck, that was a nice fix! But when you are ready for another chuck, Chuck... :roll: , do yourself a favor and get a Hurricane HTC100. It really is a good chuck, and for the money, I don't think they can be beat.
by Mike Cruz
Wed Nov 08, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Going to the top- Winner TOTW 11-12-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Going to the top.

Sorry to hear that, Chuck. Yeah, I know how you feel, in a way... When I had tennis elbow really bad in my right forearm, I eventually went to an Ortho. She gave me a cortisone shot. I felt GREAT!!!!!!! One day shortly after getting the shot, I was carrying a 100 gallon water trough...one of those d...
by Mike Cruz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:35 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Paper Joint
Replies: 9
Views: 195

Re: Paper Joint

I, admittedly, didn't read the two lengthy replies you've already gotten. I'm figuring that both people have had experience in the method, and gave you sage advice. Personally, I've 'heard' of this method being very successful...though, again admittedly, have never tried it. Now, on another issue, d...
by Mike Cruz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Going to the top- Winner TOTW 11-12-2017
Replies: 19
Views: 353

Re: Going to the top.

Those are not only great looking tops, Chuck, but my hat is off to you for coming up with SO many variations!

Now, that said...did I miss something about you tearing something in your hand?!?!?!?!? :o
by Mike Cruz
Tue Nov 07, 2017 6:29 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: A friends inlay hollow form
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: A friends inlay hollow form

Well, be sure to post finished pics...this has a lot of potential.
by Mike Cruz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:06 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Headed back North
Replies: 5
Views: 84

Re: Headed back North

Sounds like you are having fun, Steve. Good for you. Keep enjoying!
by Mike Cruz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Oak burr and slate sculpture.
Replies: 10
Views: 220

Re: Oak burr and slate sculpture.

Les, I really think to pull these sorts of things off, you really need a sense of proportion and spacing. You, sir, have that down to a science. The beads are nicely spaced and the contrast in colors works great. There is one bead (ripple bead) that is throwing me off, but that's just my OCD. Fantas...
by Mike Cruz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 3:00 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: A friends inlay hollow form
Replies: 4
Views: 139

Re: A friends inlay hollow form

I have to say that I like the layout and what I can see of the form. The glue joints look like they have spaces...so not so sure that it'll keep together, though.
by Mike Cruz
Mon Nov 06, 2017 2:58 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Wenge/Sycamore Trinket Box
Replies: 4
Views: 126

Re: Wenge/Sycamore Trinket Box

I'm a big fan of this way of thinking, too, Les...when the wood is pretty, let it speak for itself without getting too fancy. Beautiful little box with a great simple form. Though simple does not always mean easy...
by Mike Cruz
Sun Nov 05, 2017 12:43 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Jack Skellington Ornaments
Replies: 7
Views: 144

Re: Jack Skellington Ornaments

Ha! Pretty cool, Curt...
by Mike Cruz
Thu Nov 02, 2017 1:30 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016
Replies: 172
Views: 2423

Re: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016

My OCD side likes it this way, my 'well, that's super cool' side likes the washer and nut. ;)
by Mike Cruz
Wed Nov 01, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Souls Escaping Purgatory
Replies: 10
Views: 232

Re: Souls Escaping Purgatory

hughie mackay wrote:Well done Mike, I go along with Curts thoughts on this one.


Thanks, Hughie. Yeah, I think we all shadow his sentiments most of the time. We should just let him reply first and copy and paste his posts...
by Mike Cruz
Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:57 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Customer pics
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Re: Customer pics

That's a real tribute to your work Mike. I know that we often say we make things "to be used". But in our hearts we make them as pieces of art. So to see something you've done displayed as art along side other pieces of art is really what it's all about. I think it's about time you decide...
by Mike Cruz
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Off Topic Discussion
Topic: Had a Storm
Replies: 6
Views: 98

Re: Had a Storm

Wow...scary, exciting, and tiring...all in one shot! Glad you pulled through, Steve. And I had to keep reminding myself that that is a LAKE in that video!
by Mike Cruz
Mon Oct 30, 2017 2:03 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrosia Maple Hollow Form
Replies: 1
Views: 91

Re: Ambrosia Maple Hollow Form

Pete, the wood is certainly pretty, and the high shouldered form is nice. I like the concave curve from the shoulder up, too. But the stark contrast lines of the base and top are distracting, to me. Unfortunately, they are hard to avoid when adding wood to the length to give the form more height. Ov...
by Mike Cruz
Mon Oct 30, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Evolutions
Replies: 9
Views: 194

Re: Evolutions

Quite an interesting sculpture, Bob... Are you submitting this to a competition?
by Mike Cruz
Mon Oct 30, 2017 7:24 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Customer pics
Replies: 6
Views: 155

Customer pics

When I'm at my booth, people are always admiring my turnings. Most are not in the market for them...they just love wood, or love to feel how smooth the bowls are, or would love to buy them, but cannot afford it. In any case, I understand. Then you get the people that are genuinely interested. Someti...
by Mike Cruz
Mon Oct 30, 2017 6:14 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016
Replies: 172
Views: 2423

Re: George's Telescope Combined Threads - TOTW 05-22-2016

Actually, Dick...you're on to something! DD, you know, if you did write a book on this process, I think you might find yourself with a bit of a story that might truly be intriguing to a large audience. This isn't just another project made for a family member. It has been a journey (already documente...
by Mike Cruz
Sun Oct 29, 2017 3:19 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Mixed media- Winner TOTW 10-29-2017
Replies: 20
Views: 478

Re: Mixed media- Winner TOTW 10-29-2017

Thank you, Bruce and Curt.

Curt, I didn't know you had favorites of mine... But I'll take it! :cool2:

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