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by Fred Belknap
Sun Dec 17, 2017 7:44 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl- Winner TOTW 1-7-2018
Replies: 23
Views: 706

Re: Ambrose Maple NE Bowl

I have recently been making several bowls mostly NE with feet. Some have 4 feet and some have 3. With 3 feet the problem of wobble is eliminated. Doing feet sure adds a lot of work to a bowl. You did a great job on this bowl and I do like the feet.
by Fred Belknap
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:25 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Walnuts in walnut
Replies: 22
Views: 405

Re: Walnuts in walnut

When I was a kid I smoked some rabbit tobacco in a hand made corn cob pipe. Is that what you are talking about?? :? Haven't heard of that in a long time. When I was young my cousins and I smoked some rabbit tobacco, we also called it field blossom. I think one cousin was hooked on dried corn silk.
by Fred Belknap
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:09 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: I can't wipe the smile off my face!
Replies: 16
Views: 564

Re: I can't wipe the smile off my face!

Darn good for an old concrete truck driver.
by Fred Belknap
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: 33 in 39...so far- Winner TOTW 4-9-2017
Replies: 33
Views: 1202

Re: 33 in 39...so far- Winner TOTW 4-9-2017

Mike I envy your skill and energy.
by Fred Belknap
Sun Feb 05, 2017 10:19 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Form
Replies: 20
Views: 724

Re: Form

I made a quick look see and found at least five that I considered unattractive. Some forms don't need the thirds rule to be attractive, a sphere comes to mind and many of Mike Foster pieces. But some of these pieces seem to me to have disconnected shapes that doesn't appeal to me, the technique and ...
by Fred Belknap
Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:18 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: What a day!
Replies: 31
Views: 1424

Re: What a day!

WOW you lucky dog :D :D :D
by Fred Belknap
Tue Aug 18, 2015 8:54 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Where do you get YOUR wood?
Replies: 30
Views: 747

Re: Where do you get YOUR wood?

Mike I have 120+ acre farm and most of it is in woods. I have lots of walnut, cherry, hickory and other. My problem is I'm getting to old to cut down trees and cut them up and haul them to my shop. I then split the blanks and AS the ends. I cut a rather large walnut a couple months ago and still fee...
by Fred Belknap
Fri Jul 31, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Newcomers
Topic: Hello from Northwest Florida
Replies: 10
Views: 939

Re: Hello from Northwest Florida

Chuck you picked a nice place to retire, I spent ten years in the Niceville/Fort Walton Beach area back in the 60-70. Good luck with your turning.
by Fred Belknap
Wed Apr 08, 2015 7:31 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Nest eggs
Replies: 6
Views: 245

Re: Nest eggs

We kept chickens when I was young, used porcelain door knobs as nest eggs.


















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by Fred Belknap
Sun Mar 22, 2015 8:17 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Ambrosia maple natural edge bowl
Replies: 15
Views: 238

Re: Ambrosia maple natural edge bowl

Tim I really like the bowl, great shape, beautiful wood and well done. I guess I have be in the minority about the feet/toes enhancement. I don't think they look quite right on that type of bowl. I have made a few NE bowls with feet, mostly to keep them from wobbling, but I try to keep them at a min...
by Fred Belknap
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:57 am
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Bandsaw
Replies: 9
Views: 538

Re: Bandsaw

Pat I can't be sure but it looks like you are cutting the logs across the grain by the size of the sawdust. If you are using a chainsaw it is a lot easier to cut with the grain. If you are going to cut the logs length wise with the bandsaw you need some kind of jig to hold the log to keep it from sp...
by Fred Belknap
Fri Feb 27, 2015 7:06 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Tool Time - Carving on Turnings
Replies: 13
Views: 313

Re: Tool Time - Carving on Turnings

Thanks for giving an glimpse of your tool and how you use them. Tools really do make a difference in what we do but even if I had every tool you got and then some there is no way I could do what you do. 2thumbsup
by Fred Belknap
Fri Feb 27, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: First comission
Replies: 29
Views: 410

Re: First comission

Bob the form looks great, like the opening. The wood is beautiful and finish looks immaculate. Hope they like it, don't see how they couldn't.
by Fred Belknap
Sat Feb 07, 2015 9:21 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Squared Circle Vessel
Replies: 12
Views: 428

Re: Squared Circle Vessel

Dick a great job, what I call thinking outside the box or maybe inside the box. I really appreciate your work.
by Fred Belknap
Sun Jan 25, 2015 9:24 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Banksia Crushgrind Peppermill
Replies: 22
Views: 309

Re: Banksia Crushgrind Peppermill

Tim I printed out your instuctions, lots of good information. Never tried the banksia but like the idea. Like the crush grind mechanism to, I have made four so far and each one I have modified how I do them. Those aluminum shafts bend real easy like with finger pressure.
by Fred Belknap
Sat Jan 24, 2015 7:02 pm
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: WOP over oil finish?
Replies: 11
Views: 484

Re: WOP over oil finish?

Matt I hate giving advice on finishes as there are so many variables. I have use WOP over Minwax Antique Oil without any any apparent problems. The oil finish needs to be dry, which is problematic and at best a guess. BLO doesn't dry for me no matter how long I let it sit. The only thing I use BLO o...
by Fred Belknap
Thu Jan 15, 2015 9:14 am
Forum: Front Page News
Topic: Walnut article
Replies: 10
Views: 1150

Re: Walnut article

I enjoyed the article. Walnut is probably my favorite turning wood. I do a lot of NE walnut, love the thick bark how it is attached to the sap wood, they seem to grow together. I get a slight reaction to the wood dust, mostly in the winter.
by Fred Belknap
Tue Dec 23, 2014 6:53 pm
Forum: Tips, Tools, & Techniques
Topic: Vacuum Pump vs Compressor
Replies: 18
Views: 578

Re: Vacuum Pump vs Compressor

I have the Hold Fast system for a few years and find that it works pretty good. It will go to 26hg which is sufficient to hold most bowls. It is cheaper than a vacuulm pump but isn't cheap by any standards. The biggest drawback is if the wood is porous or has a small crack you need to address it som...
by Fred Belknap
Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:16 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: I must have been a good boy!
Replies: 16
Views: 375

Re: I must have been a good boy!

No way I can be that good :no: Great lathe 2thumbsup
by Fred Belknap
Fri Dec 12, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Another counterfeit jar.
Replies: 15
Views: 359

Re: Another counterfeit jar.

Chuck a very good job on the (jar). Curious how you attached the glass bead to the lid? :1thumbup
by Fred Belknap
Wed Nov 26, 2014 8:08 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: I dyed!
Replies: 8
Views: 430

Re: I dyed!

I did a beech bowl throw away bowl that cracked with some red dye as an experiment. It is so bright it almost glows in the dark. The wife said it was the ugliest bowl she ever seen and she is a pretty good judge. :roll:
by Fred Belknap
Wed Nov 26, 2014 7:59 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Box elder hollow form...thanks again Bob!
Replies: 16
Views: 1909

Re: Box elder hollow form...thanks again Bob!

Tim I like your BE hollow form, I have several BE trees around my place but so far no flame.
by Fred Belknap
Thu Nov 20, 2014 8:42 am
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Denatured Alcohol
Replies: 10
Views: 1058

Re: Denatured Alcohol

Pat I use DNA on almost all my bowls as I turn green or nearly green blanks. My system is to rough turn to about 10% of the diameter or a little less. If the rough out is 10" across I leave it about 1" thick. Put the bowl in a tub of DNA so that it is pretty well covered with the DNA and leave it fo...
by Fred Belknap
Wed Nov 12, 2014 4:14 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Request your Assistance!
Replies: 19
Views: 2562

Re: Request your Assistance!

Les looks like that place would be hard on lawnmower blades. It is beautiful country though :1thumbup
by Fred Belknap
Thu Nov 06, 2014 4:44 pm
Forum: Woodturning Discussion and Sharing
Topic: Black Locust Burl Finished
Replies: 9
Views: 374

Re: Black Locust Burl Finished

Nice looking burl. Is the string looking fibers in the bark poison Ivy. I have some walnut that had poison ivy vine on it, looked the same.